GENRE | ”LOUD” IN THE BEST SENSE
VERDICT | FIT FOR A ROCK CHART PYRO
LABEL | BROKEN BULB RECORDS
RELEASE | 6.1.12
Full disclosure: I crashed a Lights Out mixing session at Mad Oak for this record, and got to chat the boys up in the studio’s kitchen about it as the producer (and their brother-in-rock, Benny Grotto) mixed the backing vocals for lead-off track “New Mistakes.” Before hearing the finished product—and I’m breaking a major rule here by talking about a track before it’s ready for listening outside of the studio—I knew that On Fire was going to be chock full of the kind of huge, theatrical moments perfected by the arena rock gods of the ‘80s and ‘90s.
I couldn’t get the “WHOA-OH-OH-OHHHH-OH”s of “New Mistakes” out of my head for days, and I’m pleased to report that the rest of their third LP follows suit.
It’s hard to call this a break through for The Lights Out, as they haven’t strayed from the music they want to make and have that whole “it sounds like classic rock but it’s NEW!” thing down pat. Still, On Fire demonstrates they’re a well-oiled machine that’s nowhere near rusting anytime soon.
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