Kyle Lukasewicz (guitar/vocals), Steve Zampano (guitar), Tom Lopes (bass) and Pat Kirby (drums) are Black Hole Heart. The band formed in 2016 and released an impressive three-song EP The View From the Floor EP.
The band is a rock band through and through and I was reminded of disparate acts from Okkervil River to Foo Fighters. I thought the songs were well written but often preferred the more subtle sections of the songs. I thought they were more emotionally resonant and Lukasewicz' vocals sounded much more aesthetically pleasing when he wasn’t straining his vocal chords.
The band opens with “Greetings from Point Breeze.” The music is pretty smooth and calming as the guitars are covered in a good amount of reverb. That being said the most effective moment in the song is right around the two-minute-mark where a layer of white noise and softly strummed guitar provide a canvas for Lukasewicz' most emotionally resonant lyrics. He sings, “I know I feel the pain / I know it don't go away / Walk around this empty house. / Tell me, where is your God now?” When the song starts to rock out he has a similar inflection to Dave Grohl.
Up next is “Me, Lily, & Josh.” This is another success. It is however another case where I felt that Lukasewicz sounded better at a lower octave range. The first half of the song is quite beautiful and I enjoyed the way the piano combined with the guitar. On top of that the lyrics are great. He sings, “Hold on I took too much at once / I may have made a mistake / This is not how to cope.“
The band closes with “Pin” which I felt was a pretty straightforward rock song with elements of post-rock. Black Hole Heart is a band that impressed me for how little time they have been together. There is a lot of potential here and with a little tweaking I think they can take it to the next level.
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