Lamplit is a three-piece band from Delaware comprised of Jackson Mitchell (guitar/vocals), Eric Emory (bass) and Jamie Zakreski (drums). They formed a couple of months ago and managed to release a self-titled demo Lamplit.
The band acknowledges that “these tracks are the first songs Lamplit's ever put together, and as such represent a feeling-out process for our sound.” That’s kind of how I felt about the songs before reading about them. The songs have a general indie rock vibe but there was nothing specific about their sound that felt like a signature to the band.
The production and recording quality is a demo quality home recording. It gives you the sense of the band’s ability but I can’t say it’s comparable to the sound quality you would expect from some of the comparisons they get like Clique, Modern Baseball and Drive-By Truckers.
The band certainly shows some potential on these songs. They have an indie slacker vibe that sounded good to me. Take for instance “Rolf” which is arguably the highlight. It’s a compact song with a catchy hook that doesn't have much fat.
For some reason the recording quality takes a dip on“Telephone Girl.” It's a solid song with a punk vibe but the low-end was scooped out of the song. The next notable track was “BK Doe” which is a simple song consisting of distorted power chords and catchy hooks. They close with “Your Time On Earth” where they take off the distortion. I thought the guitar riff and vocal melody worked really well together. It’s an infectious combo.
It goes without saying the band will have to find a way to get a more professional recording at some point. They also need to be aware of getting out of the pocket. There are a number of times they get off time together by an eighth and quarter note. Those two things are essential if they want to get to the next level.
Overall, I think the band falls into a case of wait and see but has a good amount of potential. The compositions are easy to appreciate and hint at better things to come.
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