Once THE NIGHTS AND DAYS had broken up in the late 80s, word started filtering out of Seattle that Rob Vasquez had quickly put together a new, like-minded band called THE NIGHT KINGS, dedicated to raw, mono-fied, transistor-burst garage punk. When evidence finally surfaced in 1990 that confirmed said rumors, there was dancing in the hovels and houses of dozens record dorks countrywide, mine included. Salvo #1 was a sole track on a four-song compilation EP on Estrus Records called â€œTALES FROM ESTRUSâ€Â. The comp actually led off with THE NIGHT KINGSâ€™ â€œDirty Workâ€Â, and it was a glorious thing. Ninety seconds of crunch that brings forth Link Wrayâ€™s pencil-poked amps as played through by a ham-handed SONICS. And that voice â€“ man, what a howler. Vasquez was back.
Salvo #2, maybe half a year later, was a split single with a short-lived (mercifully) Seattle band called YUMMY. The Night Kingsâ€™ side was called â€œBugweedâ€Â, and it practically blew the grooves off the vinyl. Loud, overloaded, garage scorch with no precedent and no antecedent â€“ something pure & unique and totally wild. Iâ€™m posting both tracks for you today. Soon the Night Kings would release an In The Red 45, a Sub Pop 45, some comp stuff and a full-blown LP. Hereâ€™s what they started blowing minds.