Mean Jeans have always been a consistent band. While their brand of pop punk has always sounded like it belongs in a garage, they’ve also made forward steps in their songwriting, slowly becoming more than just another “Ramones-core” band. The band recently even signed to Fat Wreck Chords, and if that isn’t a move in the right direction, I don’t know what is. The band will be releasing their third album, Tight New Dimension, this spring, but they released the album’s first single, “Nite Vision,” in March to give fans a little sneak peak.
“Nite Vision” is a bit darker than usual, almost as if they wrote a horror punk song. It shows a progression since 2012’s On Mars (or even any of their splits that they’ve released after that album), but still retaining the Mean Jeans party ethos. You just have to listen to understand. The two b-sides are more standard Mean Jeans fare- lighthearted pop songs with plenty of “woah-oh-ohs.” The first, “I Wanna Be Yr Dogg,” an obvious nod to The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” is a quick jam filled with just the right amount of garage and pop. The second, “69 Tears” (an obvious reference to both a garage rock standard and a sexual act) is an even quicker pop gem that’s over well before it should be.
The three songs that make up “Nite Vision” showcase both sides of Mean Jeans: the fun, party loving half, and the more serious, grown up half. However, if most of these are the ones that didn’t make the cut, then Tight New Dimension is going to be one hell of an album.
4 / 5 – Listen below.
RIYL: Direct Hit!, The Leftovers, Jetty Boys