Lightblue, originally known as Sioux Falls, have only been around for a few short years, after bedding themselves into their local scene they have toured extensively and become a regular fixture on the festival circuit. Now the pop punk quintet are set to take their next step into establishing themselves as their debut EP, Paradise Lost, will be released on Friday 8th December, via Shipwreck Records.
The first of the EP’s trio of tracks, In The Back Of My Room, is a bouncy dose of pop punk with a killer hook, in comparison the second intsalment of Paradise Lost veers much closer to straight up punk rock, and as a result it’s somewhat unsurprisingly my favourite track off the EP. The final track on Paradise Lost, Mast, brings another dimension to the EP as it’s is an emotive slow burner that brings things to a dramatic close. The Paradise Lost EP act as a sampler for Lightblue, the EP covers three very different styles across it’s three tracks, and their debut release indicates that Lightblue aren’t just another cookie cutter pop punk band
Paradise Lost is an EP that doesn’t contain any surprises, the emo tinged pop punk contained on the EP puts them firmly in the pack of bands that have emerged from the resurgent pop punk scene, but on the other hand Lightblue‘s debut release doesn’t contain anything to disappointment either. Paradise Lost is a solid and varied three tracks of emotive pop punk that indicates that Lightblue are a band with a positive future ahead of them, and if the likes of Boston Manor, Brand New, and The Front Bottoms lie amongst your collection then Lightblue are a band that will be well worth checking out.
Lightblue‘s Facebook page is here and their online shop can be found here
The Shipwreck Records website can be found here
Standard Brickhouse Records / Really Rad Records
The members of Portland’s Dowager were previously involved in pop punk projects, such as Our First Brains and Sioux Falls, prior to forming their current band, and experiencing a distinct shift in style and tone. Last month they unleashed their new EP, Title Track, it was recorded at the acclaimed Atomic Garden Studio with Jack Shirley in East Palo Alto, California. The Title Track EP is five cuts of shifting and brooding post hardcore, it combines a hefty number of influences and styles that combine to make Title Track an unpredictable beast of an EP.
Title Track opens with some serious intent, the furious Gutterflower kicks things off with a potent combination of Hardcore, Post Hardcore and Screamo, this alternates between a full on aural assault and comparatively delicate post punk technical passages. The approach bleeds through into Fingerguns, although this track hits critical mass in it’s intensity as it approaches it’s finale. The other three tracks Sleep Paralysis, Model Home and the closing track, Coastal, on the Title Track EP maintain the ferocious post hardcore approach, until it closes on a mellower math rock influenced approach at the finale of the final track.
This is a relentless and unique five tracks that combines the fury of hardcore, the creativity of post punk and the complexity of math rock, this might sound like an unlikely ménage à trois, but that is exactly what you get on the Title Track EP. This is an release that possesses a discordant, yet melodic fury, in essence the Title Track EP is a mass of contradictions, and it’s this that makes it an intriguing listen. Whilst this won’t be to everyone’s taste this is an original and unique EP, and if you tastes are towards the noisier end of post punk, or the punkier end of noise rock, then you should investigate Dowager‘s latest EP.
Title Track can be pre-ordered from Standard Brickhouse Records here