State Lights – The Disguise EP Review

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There’s something of an upcoming golden generation of musical acts emerging right now from BIMM Dublin. With The Academic currently making big strides towards international success and alternative pop 5-piece Elm looking like something very special indeed, the Francis St. music college has been busy nurturing some of the country’s finest musical talent. Fellow students State Lights have already made waves with their debut single ‘Breakout’ and caught the eye with some impressive support slots and festival appearances. The Disguise EP builds on this and further highlights the 4-piece as an act to keep a close eye on.

Opener ‘Love Is In your Eyes’ kicks things off in style, all snappy basslines and rising falsetto choruses. Frontman Shobsy’s vocals are exemplary throughout, his versatility means he can switch between singing styles when the songs demand. Nowhere is this more clear than on the EP’s standout track ‘Dance Again With Me’, as he effortlessly alternates between gentle falsetto and lung-busting high notes which help carry its arena-sized chorus. The final 2 tracks ‘Open Up’ and the more abrasive ‘Let You Go’ illustrate how the four piece are beginning to establish their sound, as they emulate that rare U2-style feat of creating a large sound with one lead guitar, bass, drums and minimal overdubs. The Edge is an obvious influence, with the presence of delayed shimmering guitars as State Lights create a sumptuous blend of the sonic minimalism of Boy – era U2 and the stadium melodies of their world-conquering Joshua Tree peak. The band share the same the sense of ambition as criminally underrated British indie-rockers The Chevin (who themselves bear a strong U2 resemblance). With well crafted melodies, terrific vocals throughout, and the kind of high level production that these songs deserve, The Disguise EP is another promising release from one of Irish music’s most exciting new acts.

 

Gary O'Donnell

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