Sure, you can’t help but appreciate the obvious, that Spotlight Kid’s new single “Sugar Pills” comes off like Kate Bush singing “Running Up That Hill” with Smashing Pumpkins at their Siamese Dream dream-poppiest backing her. Whether that combination sounds like an idea whose time has come or an improbable hybrid, Spotlight Kid pulls it off on “Sugar Pills”, highlighting its own expert hand in shaping melodic waves of noise. There’s just a palpable enthusiasm and energy to the Nottingham group’s propulsive guitar-driven approach that lets “Sugar Pills” stand on its own, no matter who or what it reminds you of.
Premiering on PopMatters, the “Sugar Pills” single is out on Saint Marie Records on June 10, with Spotlight Kid’s third full-length planned for a September release. Meanwhile, check out the band’s videos over at YouTube.
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