San Diego’s Lights On‘s (Facebook, MySpace) debut album, Here Comes The Ocean is an impressive start for these pop-rockers with a new wave influence. You may felt like you heard them before, and if you’re a fan of Showtime’s United States of Tara, CW’s The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, then you already have.
“This Is My Time” is inspirational and pulled me in right away with the perfect way to kick off their debut album. “Twisting and Turning” is what the name implies, a song that feels pretty restless. “Emergency Yeah!” is full of energy, and perfect for being a constant on their set list for a live show. The two songs I didn’t feel any connection to was “Whisper” and “Interrupting Your Freedom.” “Red Lights Flashing” I think would be even more compelling if they did an acoustic version, even though their album version has lots of power, I would like to hear a different take. Sometimes Lights On remind me of rockers’ Green Day and U2 – and that’s a good thing.
“We Live Underground” is cinema-feature worthy, and one of the best tracks on Here Comes The Ocean. “There’s No Reason” is brilliant rock n’ roll with the drums pacing hard until the end, that breathes life into the song. “We’ll Have A Real Good Time” is what it is, and reminds me of a harder version of Tom Petty’s music. “She Comes Walking Down Slowly” is rock poetry, and “It Never Stops” is celestial, Coldplay-type sound. Lights On is a band with many musical layers and diverse sound that will leave you pleased and looking forward to more from them in future releases.