Vinyl Review: Mean Jeans — Nite Vision (7″)

News / Reviews / Vinyl Review / April 8, 2016

Latest single from Portland garage punks provides taste of their forthcoming LP

Fat Wreck Chords

Kicking off their signing to Fat Wreck Chords, Mean Jeans’ first release on the label is actually a tease to something bigger: a 7″ single titled “Nite Vision,” a prelude to full length Tight New Dimension. It’s the trio’s first release of new material in nearly three years, so it’s obviously a wonderful thing to behold, but the question is whether or not it sounds any good.

The titular A-side is pretty all right, with a couple of guitar solos in the middle and end, saving it from relatively average. It’s no knockout like their last few singles — especially “I Miss Outer Space” from their split with Big Eyes, which was a career highlight — but it’s a good representation of what the Portland trio does, and a decent enough introduction to their scrappy, punchy songs for the Fat Wreck crowd.

Despite their clever titles, neither “Now I Wanna Be Yr Dogg” nor “69 Tears” are covers of the Stooges or Question Mark and the Mysterians. However, both these b-sides are mile-a-minute garage pop tunes. “Now I Wanna Be Yr Dogg” sounds an awful lot like Teenage Bottlerocket, actually, and while Mean Jeans have always danced on the edge of pop-punk and garage-pop, this is the first time they’ve really stepped firmly over the precipice.

Sound Quality

The B-sides sound better than the A-side, which is a little muddy.

Packaging

The cover looks like someone colored all the white parts of a composition notebook green, then stuck a picture on it. It’s a pretty basic jacket in thin cardboard, with no paper sleeve inside — not that one would fit. It also comes with a hand-drawn and photocopied lyric sheet. Nothing fancy, but it’s punk rock, not art rock.

Extras

It’s on standard black vinyl — nothing special, although there was a limited edition on yellow vinyl which, as per usual, sold out rather quickly.

Latest single from Portland garage punks provides taste of their forthcoming LP Fat Wreck Chords Kicking off their signing to Fat Wreck Chords, Mean Jeans' first release on the label is actually a tease to something bigger: a 7" single titled "Nite Vision," a prelude to full length Tight New Dimension. It’s the trio’s first release of new material in nearly three years, so it’s obviously a wonderful thing to behold, but the question is whether or not it sounds any good. The titular A-side is pretty all right, with a couple of guitar solos in the middle and end, saving it from relatively average. It’s no knockout like their last few singles — especially “I Miss Outer Space” from their split with Big Eyes, which was a career highlight — but it’s a good representation of what the Portland trio does, and a decent enough introduction to their scrappy, punchy songs for the Fat Wreck crowd. Despite their clever titles, neither “Now I Wanna Be Yr Dogg” nor “69 Tears” are covers of the Stooges or Question Mark and the Mysterians. However, both these b-sides are mile-a-minute garage pop tunes. “Now I Wanna Be Yr Dogg” sounds an awful lot like Teenage Bottlerocket, actually, and while Mean Jeans have always danced on the edge of pop-punk and garage-pop, this is the first time they’ve really stepped firmly over the precipice. Nite Vision by Mean Jeans Sound Quality The B-sides sound better than the A-side, which is a little muddy. Packaging The cover looks like someone colored all the white parts of a composition notebook green, then stuck a picture on it. It’s a pretty basic jacket in thin cardboard, with no paper sleeve inside — not that one would fit. It also comes with a hand-drawn and photocopied lyric sheet. Nothing fancy, but it’s punk rock, not art rock. Extras It’s on standard black vinyl — nothing special, although there was a limited edition on yellow vinyl which, as per usual, sold out rather quickly. [gallery link="file" ids="75432,75430,75431"] [taq_review] "Nite Vision" is available on vinyl at Fat Wreck Chords.

Grade

Music - 70%
Sound Quality - 65%
Packaging - 58%
Extras - 50%

61%

While not their best work, Mean Jeans' new 7-inch is a good entry point for new fans.

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“Nite Vision” is available on vinyl at Fat Wreck Chords.


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