Light Rides the Super Major
Up the Empire
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||Volcano||Up the Empire||4:08||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
||This Machine Blows Minds!!!||Up the Empire||3:54||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
||Sad Sad Shouting||Up the Empire||4:06||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
||Careful What You Say||Up the Empire||3:49||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
||Stars At Noon||Up the Empire||3:34||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
||Not Working||Up the Empire||4:08||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
||Keep Wasting Your Time||Up the Empire||5:24||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
||Breaking the Last Window||Up the Empire||4:36||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
||Starter Motor||Up the Empire||2:47||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
||Feel Like Dying||Up the Empire||4:20||USD 0.99||Ver en iTunes|
Reseña de álbum
Kilowatthours was a Louisville, KY, act with a taste for math rock complexity and a lineup that was never fully stable other than the core of singer and guitarist Chris Renn and drummer Ben Lord. Following a move from Kentucky to Brooklyn and the implosion of yet another Kilowatthours lineup, Renn and Lord finally gained a set lineup with bassist Dan Hewins and multi-instrumentalist Doug Keith and decided to rename the band to celebrate their new solidity. It was a wise move, because Light Rides the Super Major is not just another Kilowatthours release under a new name, but a genuinely different musical direction. Much more melody-oriented without sounding like they're trying to be the next Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Light Rides the Super Major features more concise pop song structures and a greater singing role not only for Renn, but for Hewins and Keith as well. What remains from Kilowatthours is a fondness for atmospheric noise for its own sake, which doesn't just decorate the songs but is a fundamental building block in the manner of Sonic Youth. Indeed, a combination of vintage Sonic Youth guitar sounds (think Sister through Dirty) married to an upfront, often dance-oriented rhythm section in the current indie rock fashion is probably the simplest way to describe Up the Empire. If that description sounds a bit reductive, that's unfortunately for a good reason: the main thing Light Rides the Super Major lacks is compelling songs for these cool sounds and tricky rhythms to latch onto. Lyrically obtuse and melodically weak tracks like "Sad Sad Shouting" and "This Machine Blows Minds!!!" are the norm, making Light Rides the Super Major a first step toward a potentially fruitful new musical direction, but not a particularly enjoyable listen in and of itself.