Night Terrors of 1927, the newly-formed indie pop group from Los Angeles featuring Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbrel (formerly of Rilo Kiley), shows great promise for the kind of pop that, as pop rarely is capable of doing, can make you feel complex emotions. Their debut album, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, does so in an edgier fashion than almost any band that could be considered pop, and in some instances might even be considered slightly experimental.

A clear influence for Night Terrors that comes to mind is the seminal indie pop group The Smiths. The emotionally-charged lyrics and catchy-as-hell melodies sound like a band paying tribute to Morrissey and company by taking the latter band’s blueprint for great indie pop and expanding on it with modern pop instrumentation and production, but Night Terrors does so in a way that still allows them to create a sound that is entirely their own.

On Everything’s Coming Up In Roses, the band uses entirely modern instrumentation, Smiths-influenced lyricism, and contemporary pop-music production to create a sound that is entirely theirs, and their blend of these qualities make their album stand out among their peers. There is no lack of bands in the indie music scene attempting the same feat as Night Terrors of 1927, but the difference is that this band uses the noteworthy qualities of their highly influential predecessors while still creating music that feels contemporary, while many of their peers that attempt to do the same sound trite in comparison.

Night Terrors of 1927 uses their influences as exactly that, not to copy bands that have already left their mark on music history, but to continue where influential indie pop bands have left off by creating music that leaves behind nostalgia in favor of fresh, contemporary music transcends the barrier between influence and originality.