Let There Be Lights starts with a blocky riff that seems familiar. Is that… hey, have they been listening to “Lust For Life”? Nice choice of inspiration. I like it. But as the EP continues, through “Never Been to London” and “Up Where We Belong”, another influence asserts itself. That influence is Britrock. The sound gets both hard and fuzzy, and, even though the band is American, the singer’s voice takes on an edge of repressed aggression—suggesting that we might be friends now but things could turn nasty quickly if he wanted them to—similar to the one you might hear in Blur’s frontman, Damon Albarn. It’s an exciting sound but not an inclusive one. It would rather thunder down on you than bring you up to its level. Still, Electric Lights Flashing Very Fast is a talented group of thunderers, well able to wind up their music and send it bursting over you in jellied, semi-psychedelic waves. (The whirling, screwing, and descending guitars pushing against one another at the end of “Darwinian Begin Again” are great.)
- multiple songs MySpace
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.
"PopMatters (est. 1999) is a respected source for smart long-form reading on a wide range of topics in culture. PopMatters serves as…READ the article