Night Birds’ third album and Fat Wreck Chords debut, Mutiny At Muscle Beach is an ADD-addled, surf-influenced, punk-rock adventure through frontman Brian Gorsegner & Co.’s experiences dealing with the rampant assholery they encounter in their day-to-day lives in suburban New Jersey and the surrounding areas. “I work in customer service, which is what fuels the majority of my hatred and my need for punk rock,” the 31-year-old singer explains. “The people I deal with on a daily basis completely destroy any hope I had for humanity. But it’s good; everybody needs fuel for their creativity.” While there might not be any songs on Mutiny At Muscle Beach about specific customer-service experiences, the album is chock-full of pop-culture references, from Kids In The Hall to horror movies to Seinfeld to professional wrestling – the latter of which Gorsegner says he didn’t know much about (he says his bandmates are far more knowledgeable on the topic), but after watching a documentary about now-retired WWE wrestler Mick Foley, he quickly connected with the art form.
(Fat Wreck Records)