Lilac Grove is a group of friends from school that started a band. It’s a story that has been played out countless times before and will most likely continue for the foreseeable future. They explain, “These songs each originated from a single guitar riff, with the outcome of the eventual sound being a surprise each time. There was never a clear idea. if it sounded good to us then we'd stick it in the song.”
The music felt like straightforward alternative/indie rock to my ears. There weren’t any surprises, good or bad, as I listened to the songs. The songs were well delivered and there were a number of catchy melodies.
They get going with “King For A Day '' and it starts off with buoyant and slightly funky bass lines and a steady beat. The groove was great and I liked the post-punk lead guitar. Once the chorus comes it revolves around distorted major and minor chords. It sounded like a late ’90s alternative song in the spirit of the Foo Fighters or a like minded band. There is a surge in energy, a breakdown and a way back into the chorus.
“Holding On” comes out of the gates with a good amount of energy. This song similar to the first felt like an alternative song I would have heard back at the end of my high school days in the late ’90s. Up next is “The Cats Aren't All Bad” and I noticed the RMS level was lower than the previous song but nonetheless it was a solid song.
They get a little darker with “T.O.T.W.” which also might have the best and most memorable hook out of all the songs. The band closes with “Monoliths” which felt more aligned with a band like Bloc Party.
My critique for the band is to think of ways they can really drive home a signature sound. I really enjoyed these songs and the band can write a hook but their style and their approach sound very similar to countless bands. It would be hard for me to recognize one of their songs if I heard it on the radio even after spending some time with their music. Some loose experimentation might be a good thing for them. This is an issue I write a lot about but still a point that I think needs to be stressed.
Overall, I thought this young band has a lot going for them. The performances were great and they can pull off a memorable hook. I look forward to hearing more from them as they evolve.
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