Floodlights - From A View [CD]
Genre: CLASSIC INDIE-ROCK /JANGLE
Catalogue No.: WOOMECD011
Release Date: 28th August 2020
'Imagine, if you will, Rolling Blackouts with a rawer, more new wave and politically articulate edge; a way with a tune that’ll please you if you adored The Chills in their first phase.' BACKSEAT MAFIA
“Floodlights are a Melbourne quartet adept at crafting the kind of jangle-rock the should evoke memories of American underground indie legends Pylon and The Feelies.
Records as good as From A View simply do not come along every day. They are rare specimens. Floodlights thrive on catchy songwriting and a type of honest rock that exists outside of a specific era and beyond an easy attribution of this-meets-that influence.
To call From A View a classic record would be an underestimation of its potential powers. This is a collection of timeless rock tracks that seem unlikely to fade or grow pale. “ 5/5 Bearded Magazine
“The jangled goodness that rolls out of Australia never flags and Melbourne’s Floodlights have taken up the emotionally scarred mantle from many of their peers – echoing The Bats, The Chills, Goon Sax..” Raven Sings The Blues
''It's careworn and polemical and quite lovely..With Rolling Blackouts and The Goon Sax then perhaps occupying the left- and right-hand thrones of the current Australian guitar pop court, Floodlights are the new prince; a little uncouth and unconcerned with courtly manners, proud and ready to stir and advance their own political, lyrical and sonic ways.'' Backseat Mafia 8.3/10
'From a View' deliciously evokes those 1980's days of musical promise, with the likes of the the Go-Betweens and REM energetically awaiting their turn in the musical spotlight. The album starts with the builder 'Water’s Edge', with great vocals from Louis Parsons and minimal guitar motifs reminiscent to these ears of the Pale Saints.' Pennyblackmusic.
'Rough and ready indie-rock with a decidedly Aussie country twang..Although never straying into the knowingly numb-skulled pub rock of some Aussie contemporaries , Floodlights still know how to rock out, even when dealing out difficult home truths.' Various Small Flames.
EDGY ANTIPODEAN INDIE-ROCK/JANGLE FOR FANS OF THE CLEAN/FLYING NUN/
ROLLING BLACKOUTS/THE VASELINES/GOON SAX/GO-BETWEENS..
400 COPIES WORLDWIDE ON YELLOW OCHRE VINYL **INDIES ONLY**
Nao Anzai (Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever) engineered the album and then mixed it over the infamous Australian summer. Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddie Current) recently added the final touch with mastering.
''It's careworn and polemical and quite lovely..With Rolling Blackouts and The Goon Sax then perhaps occupying the left- and right-hand thrones of the current Australian guitar pop court, Floodlights are the new prince; a little uncouth and unconcerned with courtly manners, proud and ready to stir and advance their own political, lyrical and sonic ways.''
‘From a View’ is the debut album from Melbourne’s Floodlights.
'From a View' explores themes of identity, personal cross-roads and the misuse of power.
The bands first exploration into proper studio recording with a well regarded sound engineer. It was recorded over two days onto a 24 track tape machine at Head Gap studios in Preston in November.
Floodlights are made up of members Louis Parsons, Ashlee Kehoe, Joe Draffen and Archie Shannon. They present a distinctly Australian perspective, with a shambolic, catchy sound that melds 80s Indie-Rock rock with 90s New Zealand jangle-pop.
Following a tour of Australia’s East Coast in October last year the band began working on “From a View”. The songs were arranged and performed as a band, but often began from Louis or Ash presenting ideas to the group and building on them from there. The songs themselves were written over various points in the bands short career, yet come together very fittingly to show their distinct sound.
Lead single Thanks For Understanding is about two lives going in different directions. It describes the complicated process of growing apart from someone, even though you still care for them.
Side A : 1 Water's Edge 2 Matter Of Time 3 Walk Away 4 Don't Pick That Scratch 5 Glory Of Control 6 Thanks For Understanding
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