Flashing Lights


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The Flashing Lights have an obvious love for pop/rock melodies, but their first album, Where the Change Is, didn't differ dramatically from the Super Friendz, vocalist Matt Murphy's former indie pop/rock band. The Elevature EP takes another step away from the Friendz' sound and experiments with Murphy's love for late-'60s/early-'70s rock, such as the MC5, T. Rex, the Rolling Stones, and SCR (their "Up All Night" is covered here). Yet the band can't quite ditch their effervescent pop sound -- which isn't a bad thing, as Elevature is an appealing blend of pop harmonies and proto-punk. Deep down, the Lights want to be the MC5 or Television, but they're equally smitten with the Hollies, too. This makes Elevature a satisfying listen, from Gavin Dianda's bluesy organ groove in "Never Let You Live It Down" to the reflective "Windows of a Bus" to the bitter, hard rock riffs of the title track.

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