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about

Philly by way of Pennsville, New Jersey’s Night Windows is the brainchild of prolific songwriter Ben Hughes. 2015 saw Hughes release more than a hundred songs over the course of the year; exactly an album a month. The albums, listened to in their totality, serve as a chronological offering into Hughes’ mindset and an audio log of the formation and progress of his songs and songwriting ability. The discography captures songs written over the course of nearly a decade and some of the themes from these early recordings can come off as scattered and disparate, smattered with occasional genius turns of phrase and heady, memorable guitar work. Hughes’ work shines brightest when he puts on his rose-tinted spectacles and looks to the past, then takes them off when he looks at the present; lyrics describing breezy and often sentimental memories of a youth all spent up that slowly give way to a stark reality of adult life saddled by an unexpected monotone drudgery of making ends meet in a world on the brink of becoming a dystopia.

The band Night Windows gives focus and clarity to Hughes; taking all his finest moments and honing them under a coherent umbrella. Bass player Ryan Buzby (Hughes’ lifetime friend and the man behind the mixing board for many of the aforementioned solo records) and drummer Tad Lecuyer add a crucial third party perspective on these songs. Buzby and Lecuyer’s additions give the listener some space to step back and appreciate the incredibly memorable melodies by giving them a strong musical bed to lie in. Unlike other primarily singer/songwriting types, whose material fails to translate when opened up to more instrumentation; Hughes’ best songs succeed because of the band rather than despite them.

Night Windows latest release, Home, was recorded in Hughes’ garage between tours (tours which included a stint at SXSW and a well received Daytrotter session) and produced by indie hero Fred Thomas. Two of the songs appearing on the release (Home and I Miss You & The Weekend) have been previously recorded and released by Hughes. The band has already wrestled command of these songs live, bringing them into a new light by adding energy and finesse. Thomas has his fingerprints all over them too; not only by adding vocals, playing guitars and synth, but writing his own parts and providing a sagely air to the band’s material. The result is the strongest effort yet by a band that has already produced a string of robust releases.

Home releases March 31st on Black Rd Records. Night Windows will be sharing the bill with Fred Thomas and Maxwell Stern on March 28th at Boot and Saddle.

Release Show Tuesday 03/28 at Boot & Saddle in Philly
with Fred Thomas, HLEP & Maxwell Stern.
www.facebook.com/events/247573545683784/

credits

released March 31, 2017

Ryan Buzby - bass VI, percussion & group vocals.
Ben Hughes - guitars, vocals, synthesizer & korg mini pops 5.
Tad Lecuyer - drums, percussion & group vocals.
Fred Thomas - synthesizers, guitars & backing vocals.

Produced by Fred Thomas & Night Windows.
Engineered by Ryan Buzby at The Wheelhouse (Pennsville, NJ) & Fred Thomas at Life Like Studios (Montreal, QC / Ann Arbor, MI).
Mixed & Mastered by Ryan Buzby at Mobile Home Recording (Mannington, NJ).
All music performed by Night Windows & Fred Thomas
All songs written by Ben Hughes (Benjamin Hughes ASCAP).

Check out Fred's music:
fredthomasmusic.bandcamp.com

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Track Name: Home (Where She Wanted To Be)
home, where she wanted to be
with all her clothing at her feet
completely naked and free.

home, with a couple books to read
she's like the devil, but she's sweet
when she is naked and free.

out on her own, the world is big
so now her problems seem so small.
a speck on a page,
a second in a day.

home, where she's longing to be
same old habits for the new week
life like a goddamn zombie.

now we know we're all ashamed
at the way we're too distracted
to live in the current day.

out on her own, the world is big
so now her problems seem so small.
she's just a speck on a page,
she's just a second in a day
trying to live in the current day.
Track Name: I Miss You & The Weekend
I hate being here
I'm a grown man doing his job
as all my bosses peer over my shoulder
and baby sit me cause they can't trust anyone.

I miss you and the weekend.

one more day to go
'til we get to hit the road
and leave everything else behind
oh, they baby sit me cause they can't trust anyone.

I miss you and the weekend.
Track Name: Alone (Punk Rock Tees)
lately i've been thinking about dying
only the passed few months or so
probably from work days alone
making that money to bring home
but at some point it can't be worth it.

I hate to say it
I even hate more to feel it
alone, alone, alone.

I feel ashamed to sing
when I'm singing about these kind of things
but negativity is part of our well-being,
so for now, I look down at my feet
hum a song
probably something like
"how it can't be worth it!"

I hate to say it
I even hate more to feel it
alone, alone, alone.

but I still wear punk rock tees
beneath uniform sleeves
as I try to fool myself into believing
that I still dream.

but I still dream.

I hate to say it
I even hate more to feel it
alone, alone, alone.
Track Name: Forward Thinking
you traded in your CDs for mp3s
got a whole bookshelf in your hand
seconds freak you out, but you're still counting on them
for what they bring.

you once were the king
of forward thinking
but now who has the time to even breathe?

open up your bedroom door. hard drive's on the floor
now, is my record collection still as funny as you thought before?
seconds freak you out, but you're still counting on them
for what they bring.

you once were the king
of forward thinking
but now who has the time to even dream?