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Download: Lightouts – “Push” (The Cure cover)

Download: Lightouts – “Push” (The Cure cover)

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What can we say about the Lightouts…WE LOVE THIS BAND! And for them to do a cover of The Cure and then throw it up to be downloaded for free, you can’t beat that. The guys in Lightouts are top notch and their music is always fantastic!

Lightouts’ forthcoming fifth single (and last before their debut LP), “The Big Picture,” will be out in a few weeks, and as with their first four singles, the Gowanus boys have included a cover tune along with their originals. This time they tackled a deep cut by The Cure — “Push” from 1985′s The Head On the Door. It’s a faster, more muscular version of the song that still retains the melancholic grandeur of the original.

Why The Cure this time? Rumor has it that chief Lightouts songwriter Gavin Rhodes used to tease his hair and wear eyeliner in the 8th grade, so this is a bit of a musical homecoming for the band. Rhodes had this to say about the cover: “This is one of those Cure songs that show why the stereotypical perceptions of the band as all keyboards, gloom, and doom are so wrong. I think this is one of the best guitar driven pop-songs of all time. Soaring, anthemic, wistful, it’s just amazing to me. This guitar riff alone was hugely influential in my development on the guitar. And the lyric, ‘A smile to hide the fear away / I’ll smear this man across the walls / Like strawberries and cream,’ is simply brilliant.”

Keep it up guys, can’t wait for the L.P.