On their debut LP, Year Of No Days, out May 7 through Snappy Little Numbers, North Carolinian outfit Night Battles bring a powerful yet nuanced sound that is deeply rooted in post-punk but also leans heavily into the realms of noise rock, doom, surf, new wave, and garage rock.
New Noise are proud to premiere the video for the band’s latest single, “Hungry Ghost” below:
“Hungry Ghost” is based on the Buddhist concept of the ‘hungry ghost’ as a soul reborn from evil deeds. According to the tradition, evil deeds that lead to becoming a hungry ghost are killing, stealing, and sexual misconduct.
Desire, greed, anger, and ignorance are all factors in causing a soul to be reborn as a hungry ghost because they are motives for people to perform evil deeds. Hungry ghosts are unable to take in or assimilate what they desperately need. The song focuses on a lost modern soul who, no matter how much they try, cannot satiate their destructive desires, falling into this repeat pattern of always wanting more.
On the single’s release, guitarist Chris Skelly states:
“‘Year Of No Days’ was recorded during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and the sound of the record captures perfectly the feelings of darkness, despair, and introspection that I think everyone was experiencing at the time.”
Preorder and stream Year Of No Days here.