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Album Review

Lima, Ohio's Hit the Lights deliver a largely contagious, if not sometimes lyrically underdeveloped song cycle known as This Is a Stick Up... Don't Make It a Murder. But if pop/punk is your bag, this Colin Ross-steered troupe will give you plenty of excuses to singalong. From the irresistible "Bodybag" to the addictive "Speakers Blown," these are anthems for MySpace-addled dudes and chicks. Early disciples might balk at HTL's decision to recycle "Save Your Breath" and "These Backs Are Made for Stabbing," as well as the title track from their debut EP Until We Get Caught, but these Matt Squire (Panic! At the Disco) produced versions are clean and mean. There are a few inadequacies (like the just-OK "One Hundred Times") in the midst of an otherwise fine disc, but the enthusiastic parting shot, "Make a Run for It," is sweet redemption. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi


Formed: 2003 in Lima, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Lima, Ohio-based emocore band Hit the Lights formed in the summer of 2003. Vocalist Colin Ross and guitarist Omar Zehery had previously teamed together in the little-known group Goodbye Session, while guitarist Nick Thompson tenured with the Summer Departure. Bassist David Bermosk and drummer Nate Van Dame (a former roadie for emo favorites Hawthorne Heights) completed the lineup, and after taking their name from a track on Metallica's influential debut LP Kill 'Em All, Hit the Lights earned...
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