Monday, October 21, 2013

Album Review: Light on the Lake

Title:  Light on the Lake (Tiny Engines Records, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist:  Signals Midwest (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace, BandCamp, Limited Run, Last.fm)

Signals Midwest is a fascinating band, not only because they are good but because their sound is so hard to pin down.  On their third album Light on the Lake Signals Midwest mixes elements of post hardcore, pop punk, and indie rock, the result could very well make the band “the newest potential Orgcore poster boys” (which is a good thing, at least to me since I tend to really like a lot of the bands’ that get labeled orgcore).  The record’s best moments are the one where seemingly out of nowhere the band takes a relatively angular song and throws in a killer hook (see “308” and “In the Pauses”).  Another standout moment is the almost ballad that runs to a fantastic hook “St. Vincent Charity.”  Overall, Light on the Lake is a very ambitious record from a talented young band.  Fans of bands like The Menzingers, Dead To Me, Luther, Hot Water Music, Fugazi, and Archers of Loaf should most certainly give Signals Midwest and this record a listen.  

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