Pompei Nights - 2011 - Midnight Mistress
1. Midnight Mistress
2. I Want It
Swedish newsters Pompei Nights have been around for just a little more than a year now, but already have one big asset in their resumé, that might open doors to speed up their rise to fame.
Produced and mixed by none other than Crashdiët's very own Martin Sweet, Pompei Nights are able to open all registers on Midnight Mistress, a 2-song single paving the road for their first full length album, hitting us in 2011.
The title track immediately shows that this is not a clone at all. Pompei Nights is all about originality, without leaving their Swedish roots behind though. One more step in establishing the Swedish sound as a trademark, they do not divert from the typical production quality, melodic style and full vocal attack.
What does make them unique, is the heavier sound they're following. Without losing any of its catchiness, "Midnight Mistress" remains a swinging rocker, built around a throbbing rhythm riff with the classic bass & drum line as the backbone. I noticed a hint of (old) Crashdiët here and there, but so very subtle that it doesn't do them any harm.
Much more down-to-earth and basic than their contemporary bands, Pompei Nights may be the adult counterweight for all happy-go-lucky glam bands around in Scandinavia. Not that I don't like the latter style, but it's a welcome new thing.
"I Want It" accompanies the first single of the upcoming album, and sounds rougher and harder than "Midnight Mistress" from the start. Once again, glimpses of Martin Sweet's influence behind the switches and possibly as musical mentor, are audible here.
This song is a little less rigid and pumping, but remains a solid promise of awesome things to come on their still untitled debut full length.
Check this out if you're into the current Scandinavian wave of glam and sleaze, you won't be disappointed...
Presented by Street Symphonies Records.