January 23rd, 2013
Lightouts – “Not Today”
***SXSW 2013 – OEB FRESHMAN FAVORITE***
Pairs Well With…Yuck, Yo La Tengo, Built to Spill
Brooklyn band Lightouts are set to release their debut record Want this March, but it is easy to get a sense of their sound through a series of singles released last year. Lightouts definitely has a sound that would fit in well right in 1995, layering fuzzy guitar chords over punchy pop-rock songs, but this band isn’t completely focused on nostalgia. The tightness they bring to what is traditionally a liquid, garage delivery is refreshing and a good sign for however they choose to evolve their sound this year. Overall, Lightouts is worth checking out because they know how to write a damn fine rock song, a surprisingly underrepresented demographic on the SXSW roster this year.