Debut Single Reveals Burgeoning Gowanus Indie Scene
"Robert Smith/Emily Haines, where are you?" Lightouts started out with that one simple question, posted as a want ad by group founder Gavin Rhodes near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York. The only sane person to reply to this query was vocalist Greg Nelson, a seasoned veteran of the NYC music scene (Lady Gaga opened for him at a Lower East Side club in 2007) who would prove to be just the type of person Lightouts needed. After a clear bond of musical genres, the two met up and started their auditory adventure together, Greg Nelson as the singer and Gavin Rhodes as the primary songwriter. The resulting sound emanating from Lightouts' sonic partnership is reminiscent of boozy 90's rock yet also garners comparisons to contemporaries The Hold Steady, Yuck, and Surfer Blood.
A loosely linked concept album – Want, a meditation on what it means to follow our instincts – is in the works and promises listeners both a slice of Gowanus and healthy servings of Lightouts steam-pressed beats, cauterized power chords and lean bass lines. In the months leading up to the unveiling of the album, the Gowanus duo is set to release a series of singles, and with a tip of the hat to an analogue era in the not-so-distant past, each single will feature both an A-side and two B-sides allowing the band to offer up songs complemented by experimentation into deep-cut covers of Joy Division, The Stone Roses and more.
Lightouts first single, "See Clear" opens with an earnest declaration – "We want it, oh god we want it all/ But we are hitting, now we are hitting walls." The lyric succinctly captures the essence of "See Clear," an essence that singer Greg Nelson explains is, "the challenge of seeking clarity in the often cloudy and blurred distinctions between good and bad, right versus wrong, and needs and wants." Nelson's odic battle with morality and Rhodes' delicate guitar strokes serve as the quiet before the storm, as the song slowly gathers momentum towards its anthemic chorus where subdued vocals become strident and guitars take a turn for the boisterous. The haziness of the chorus is offset by the lucidity of the verses – a juxtaposition built in by design by Nelson that gives listeners an aural ebb and flow of Lightouts' message. In the end, we all want to "see lights, see stars, see clear" – download the track for free today and experience clarity courtesy of Lightouts.
He made a lot of noise in his hometown of Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey, becoming a local Hero with the release of his first mixtape, HOT 16’s. Now in Miami, the Southern sound injected Warchild’s veins and made him who he is today…Which is an artist whose triumphs are built solely on making you move with rich production and crazy/sick lyrical foreplay. Warchild is WAR spelled backwards...RAW!
His music is now getting the attention of the masses. And Warchild is going to breathe some excitement into the TV series, The Jersey Shore, as the Hit show is interested in featuring his music on its soundtrack. While everyone’s focus is all over the place with the vast amount of mixtapes being dropped daily, Warchild is the anchor to a sinking ship.
His music is quickly becoming one of the top contentious and insightful sound in Hip Hop. Warchild is dope straight up. He’s created some seriously vibrant Hip-Hop which TRULY represents the North, the SOUTH, and the Underground. And with Major television shows after his hypnotic and authentic sound, he’s also a force to be reckoned with in the forefront.
Coming from a very musically inclined background usually helps, but Warchild has put in his GRIND alongside that natural-born gift. His unique style of hip-hop has captured the attention of listeners nation-wide, even before radio airplay. The good ones usually do. Put that combination up with his keen sense of what simply sounds good,and we can't fault Warchild for making good music.
It's been a while since I've put anything out, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy! Bangers & Mash is a collaboration project between me and UK MC Jeye Severe, the results of which have been quite rewarding. We're working on a full length mixtape and an album project, and I wanted to hit you off with a little preview of the new sound for 2011. It's back to my hip hop roots: http://soundcloud.com/djdocrok/switch-remix .
The revolutionary duo of M1 and Sticman, aka DEAD PREZ, will be marching their way to the capitol city (Sacramento, CA) on March 30th for a special performance at Harlows Night Club located at 2800 J Street. With songs like "Hip Hop' and "Mind Sex', DP have established themselves as pioneers in this industry.
Brought to you by First Dirt and Conscious Vibes, Dead Prez will be locally supported by underground elite A.R.A.B., as well as hometown favorites Tribe Of Levi. A.M.I.T.S. (Inland Empire) will be releasing his EP, "The Introduction" and DJ Kool Kuts will be keeping the event on track on the tables.
Come out and support revolutionary Hip Hop. This show is for the real Hip Hop heads that understand that its still bigger than HIP HOP!