THE BULLFIGHT - Stranger Than The Night

The Bullfight - Stranger Than The Night

10 songs
40:50 minutes


The Bullfight from the Netherlands can call their music dark pop as much as they like, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Dutch quintet is shamelessly copying Nick Cave as if it were a crime to come up with own ideas. I am fully aware of the fact that a popular trend has since the beginnings of time spawned hordes of copycats, but I always lived with the conviction that some artists have the right and duty to stand alone with their idiosyncratic sound.

The band declares to play dark pop music, and I would be the last to doubt that statement. The instrumentation is quite varied, crafting a lushly yet gloomy acoustic tapestry, all encapsulated in able songwriting abilities. Things turn bad with the vocalist, who is forcing himself hard to sound like the great Nick Cave, which most of the time sounds like a caricature, as he is straining his vocal chords too hard. I had the same irreconcilable problem with local drama rockers Mack Murphy & The Inmates, and what was already quite an ordeal in Luxembourg doesn’t necessarily work better with our Benelux neighbours to the North.

I don’t consider myself an avid fan of Nick Cave, but happen to really like some of his music. The Bullfight might have been an interesting tribute band, but trying to perform songs that sound exactly like their main and maybe only influence feels a little strange, to say the least. I am convinced that The Bullfight have much more to offer, if they are just willing to step out of their self-imposed impossibly great shadow.

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