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The Bright Lights

"In The Subway" cassette

Popgun Recordings

Genres: diy pop, indie pop, lo-fi

c/o Raoul de la Cruz
PO BOX 7374
Riverside CA 92513

Jun 30 - Jul 6 2003

Ah, this delicious dose of distinctly diy pop is just what the doctor ordered.  In The Subway is the songwriting work of Frank Jordan from Boyracer (the drummer), who performed these tunes on a 2001 tour.  The melodies are strong and insanely catchy, and the recording is very lo-fi - if you like diy pop, then this cassette is essential.  Bloody essential!

While the vocals leave a lot to be desired on certain tracks, their harmony with the other instruments, especially when complicated rhythms and guitar patterns are being used, is amazingly solid.  The tinny sound of the low quality recording adds a much needed audio texture to the sound; it's very similar to that heard on early Guided By Voices recordings.

Depending on where you come from, this is either irritating "crap tape bullshit" or the work of an unrecognized genius.  Either way, though, I don't think anyone can doubt that there is some truly inspired songwriting at work on In The Subway.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: distributed by the label, released 2002]