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Lightouts – “The Eloise Suite” [MUSIC] [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Posted on November 16, 2011 by lizwithmwl| Comments Off


With a hint of the Cure, a powerful dash of loud guitar, and generous sprinkling of catchy lyrics, Lightouts sound is rippling across Brooklyn. The two man group that practices in Gowanus area are acting as a beacon for what some have called an early 90′s revival.  The band met when singer Greg Nelson responded to an ad plastered across a board by primary songwriter Gavin Rhodes that read, “Robert Smith/Emily Haines, where are you?”  Rhodes was in love the the nostalgic guitar of 90’s rock, and Nelson was a veteran of the New York City music scene.  More importantly, Nelson’s a natural at toeing the line between darkness and light, as exemplified by the sinewy melodies of The Eloise Suite.  “While we’ve been compared to everyone from the Hold Steady to Surfer Blood,” explains Rhodes, “Our retro touchstones are rock bands from the early ‘90s.”



Both musicians have gone through periods with different bands where they played music that didn’t fit.  The difference with Lightouts is that their music is authentic to them, and their confidence comes through the speakers.  In a recent interview Gavin said, “[My previous bands] were a couple years too late playing something or ahead of the curb on playing a certain genre. For this project…I just wanted to play what [to me] sounded good, and it’s this really energetic, guitar oriented music….”

As for the dear on the cover, it’s the artwork of George Boorujy.  Greg Nelson is a close friend of the artist and asked him to do the realistic surrealism piece for the cover.  Nelson said, “I think [his art] ties in in many ways [to Lightouts]…it has very realistic wildlife in it… that’s set against stark settings. [George] anthropomorphizes his animals, so that they look like realistic animals, but have a human gaze…. [it] has a similar cohesive feel to it, like out music….”  Whether or not you can see the similarities between the album art and the music, I’m sure you’ll be able to appreciate the up-beat track, The Eloise Suite.



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC