I feel as though I’ve made a habit of underestimating shorter EPs. It’s a bad habit, sure, but in my defense, three songs hardly gives a band enough time to show off everything that they’ve got. The Rebel Light’s self-titled proved me wrong though, as these guys lay it all out there in just about 12 minutes worth of quality tunes.
The first track hooks you right away with a groovy undertone. It takes a basic verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structure and runs in a new direction with it. Mind you, I’m a bit of a sucker when it comes to well done, slightly varied song structures, but my bias aside, this is a great starter. When the second song starts a gentle floating feeling comes over you before it slowly starts to build. The melody of the chorus is quick to get stuck in your head.
The band falters only for a second as the last track feels a little cluttered at times, but when they pull back some of the effects it’s a solid song with good use of distorted vocals. Overall, if this is a taste of what’s to come from these guys, I couldn’t be more excited.
You can download the EP for free here: http://therebellight.bandcamp.com/
1. My Heroes Are Dead
2. Goodbye Serenade
3. Wake Up Your Mind
Review by Alisha Kirby – HHM