"...[Night Owls] reveals musical ambitions that fans were likely unaware that the punk statesman harbored...and while he selected former LEMONHEADS producer Tom Hamilton to mind the faders and the knobs, Night Owls is a significant sonic step forward for Deily...
--Jay Breitling, Clicky Clicky Music Blog
"'Night Owls' is a nervy, brisk bolt through a set of tunes whose crisp sound and bittersweet temperament pre-dates the alternative rock that would morph into 'grunge'--but thankfully post-dates it, too."
"['Night Owls'], their second studio record, has matured vastly from the first, whilst still as melodically charming...each chorus delivers mountainous, foot-stomping melody, catchier than the clap.
It does ring true with early Lemonheads sound, which has been distilled, maturing for a couple of decades, and it’s Ben’s progression as a songwriter which sets 'Night Owls' aside from his days in the Lemonheads...By right, it is pop punk for grown ups."
--Joe Callaghan, Collective Zine
"A truly great album."
--Suspect Device Zine, UK
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Lemonheads co-founder Ben Deily's VARSITY DRAG returns with their second studio album, "night owls": a darkly melodic, moodier older sibling to their 2006 debut "for crying out loud." Nine songs sketching a relationship's trajectory through joy, desolation and loss, "night owls" traces a poignant arc of bruising love—and life—celebrated and survived with wry tenderness, compassion, and ruthless candor.
released 12 December 2009
ben deily (guitar, vocals, piano)
lisa deily (bass, vocals)
joshua pickering (drums, vocals)
aliah rosenthal played the cello
engineered and produced by tom “still crazy after all these years” hamilton
co-produced by ben deily & varsity drag
all songs recorded by tom at Hamilton recording—except for “hammer” (performed by ben) and “post script” (performed by ben & aliah), recorded by ben in the gray street basement studio.
sound clips liberated by the fair use committee of project mayhem.
all words and music (except where noted) by varsity drag, c. ben deily, p. by henry’s confession music/ASCAP. all rights reserved, pal.
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