Bonfire Nights “Bonfire Nights” EP Review

Review: Victoria Nugent

  Bonfire Nights are relative newcomers to the Brisbane music scene, but they are truly carving out their own distinct style. Stephen Foster and Ruth Nitkiewicz took the step of joining forces musically earlier this year, with great results. This rocking duo makes music that’s a little bit different from the usual indie pop fare, with great boy girl vocal dynamics, switching with ease between slow harmonic pop and no holds barred indie rock.

“Own Worst Enemy” is pure dark rock, full of low, dirty-sounding intonations, edgy guitar riffs, a short

eerie intro and punchy vocals. “Leave Yourself Open” is slower with great harmonies between Foster and Nitkiewicz, with harmonica woven into almost hypnotic instrumentals.

“We Don’t Care” is a stomping rock song with an undeniably mix of beats and riffs and Nitkiewicz’s backing vocals add a softer touch to the aggressive lyrics Foster belts out. “Don’t Have to Be There” is another quieter number, with a simple ambience and slow build into a more musically rich sound.

The EP finishes up with a cover of “Teenage Kicks” by 70s punk band The Undertones, given the band’s own unique stamp. Under Bonfire Nights’ direction, the song becomes a chilled out indie lullaby, scarcely recognisable in comparison to the original.

Bonfire Nights are so much more than just another indie band on the Brisbane scene. Their EP shows is a wonderful example of music with great diversity of genres, contrasting melodies, and the willingness to do something just a little different.

Review: Victoria Nugent

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