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The Electro-Lights

Oddities and Contradictions

Review by Gary Hill

I really like this EP a lot. It’s got a great blend of punk, hard rock, stoner metal and Americana. This is the kind of thing that feels timeless, but modern at the same time. It’s one of the best releases of this kind of music I’ve heard in a while.

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Track by Track Review
Watch Your Back
I absolutely love this riff driven stomper. It has a lot of stoner rock built into it. The vocals are almost like a more rocking CCR to me. This is roots rock done right with a lot of fuzz and swagger.
Not Again
Roots rock is the concept here. There is a real punk meets old school rock and roll vibe going on with this one. I like this one a lot, too.
Beauty Queen
This is in the same vein as “Not Again.” I’d say that it’s not as strong, but I think I like the vocal performance better. It’s a stomper, either way.
Modern Day Don Quixote
This lo-fi rocker is almost as good as the opener was. It’s almost like middle ground between the stoner rock of that piece and the punkier vibe of the pieces that have followed.
Find Me
Fuzz heavy and very punky, this is another killer rocker. These guys just don’t have any weak material. They just have some that’s stronger than others.
The Prequel
The opening and the close of this has a little twang, a bit like the more country side of The Ventures. The stomping hot rocker that is the song proper has a retro roots rock vibe with some serious punk and Americana in the mix.
The Ballad of Scruff McGruff
I love this song! It’s got a retro element and yet enough crunchy modern edge to keep it stomping. There is a bit of a country edge to it somehow, but it’s also punky and packed with Americana.
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