Nightwatchers are set to release a new album in autumn 2021. “Common Crusades” is the second full-length from the French punk band, and the musical and lyrical continuity of their 2019 thematic debut “La paix ou le sable”.
Political lyrics dealing with the conflicts rooted in France’s colonial era clash with melodic, subversive, and gloomy and soundscapes throughout the tracks of ”Common Crusades”. An album that is as musically captivating as politically current.
“Common Crusades” offers 10 melodic punkrock tracks, all contributing to the overall story and theme of the album. Fast-paced, distorted, and punchy cuts are mixed with tracks highlighting a colder and post-punk influenced side of Nightwatchers. The sound is perfectly captured by studio engineer Mathieu Zuzek.
“Common Crusades” tackles the same issues that shaped Nightwatchers debut album “La paix ou le sable”, but from a different perspective. Both albums deal with events surrounding France’s violent colonization and exploitation of their occurred territories. While the lyrics of “La paix ou le sable” is based on excerpts taken from two historical books and written with the objective of raising awareness of France’s colonial violence, “Common Crusades” mainly focuses on the aftermath of these conflicts, and how the colonial era still affects modern day France.
All the lyrics of “Common Crusades” are based on speeches or writings of personalities who played a role in the colonization process, as well as those who currently play a role in the perpetuation of colonial logic within the French society.
“Common Crusades” is released on Lövely Records on October 8, 2021. The album will be released on all streaming platforms, vinyl and CD.
Nightwatchers is a punk band from Toulouse, France. Formed in January 2016 by Freddy, Kevin, Julien and David, the four piece offers a melodic, punchy and gloomy sound, powered by political subversiveness and social criticism.
Nightwatchers second album ”Common Crusades” was written and recorded during the Covid-19 crisis. Released in autumn 2021 on Lövely Records, the album is a musical and lyrical continuity of their 2019 debut ”La paix ou le sable”. A bit colder and more post punk oriented than before, the album tackles the French colonization and the still visible imprints of these violent actions in modern day France. The lyrics of “Common Crusades” are based on speeches or writings of personalities who played a role in the colonization process, as well as those who currently play a role in the perpetuation of colonial logic within the French society.
Nightwatchers’ first album “La paix ou le sable” was released in 2019 on Lövely Records. All the lyrics deal with the abuses and acts of violence perpetrated by the French State within three of its Colonial Empires and territories: Indochina (1887-1954), Algeria (1830-1962), and Cameroon (1916-1960). These lyrics are adaptations of excerpts taken from two books: “Les crimes de l’armée française : Algérie 1954-1962” by Pierre Vidal-Naquet (2001), and “La guerre du Cameroun : l’invention de la Françafrique, 1948-1971,” by Thomas Deltombe, Manuel Domergue and Jacob Tatsitsa (2016). The writing is based on facts and academic works.
The lyrics were written with the objective of raising awareness about the reality of the occupation and colonial violence that were systematically perpetrated throughout all French colonial territories during several centuries, and this, officially, until 1962.
The band toured in mainland Europe in may 2019 to support their debut album. They also played a couple of shows in France and Basque Country before flying to Sweden and Norway for 10 Halloween shows in the fall of October 2019. Between 2016 and 2018, Nightwatchers toured Europe twice – mostly in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic; trying to spread their music and their aestetic vision of punk rock beyond the borders.
The band started out released two EP in two years, “Good Kids Obey” (2016) and “Who’s To Blame?” (2017). Both EPs were released on P. Trash (ger), No Glory (fr), La Agonia de Vivir (sp), Inhumano (ch) and Endless Daze Records (USA). They were lyrically focused on “the police” and its relationship with “the people” nowadays. The writing has the specificity to put the reader in the shoes (or in the mind) of a police officer.