Man, Night Verses were going to be great no matter what. Under their previous moniker Archives, the band had ex-Tides of Man vocalist Tilian Peterson lined up, but he ducked out before their first show. When Archives dropped their instrumentals as an album, a raging collection of mathy, nigh-technical indie rock all sans Peterson's vocals, it was pretty clear this was a talented bunch of musicians. And then they added ex-The Sleeping vocalist Doug Robinson to the mix? Now that's just unfair. Not to mention their debut EP Out of the Sky is freely available.
The band downtuned and refocused, rebranded themselves as Night Verses, and the result is catchy yet visceral post-hardcore, like The Sleeping turned up to eleven mixed with a little A Lot Like Birds. Excellent guitar work coupled with solid drums and an unmatched and authoritative vocal performance by Robinson, plus great production? There's no reason not to listen. Did I mention it was free?