You know somehow while listening to Mirage, the latest album from Lookers, I pictured myself with scissors in hand, ragefully cutting up my t-shirts like it was seventh grade all over again. If you can't tell, that's a good thing. That’s my subconscious saying a big fat "YES" to this album. Like dude, LOOKERS, can we have a sleepover? This dark pop loveliness hails from Rhode Island and that gives me a hint as to why this group is so good at bending misery to their will. There is nothing so savage as a New England winter for those who don't know. It's like a record stuck on yuck and just won't go to the next track for months. This is a collection of very post punk head nodding jams that I absolutely adore. I'm fine with them opening the wounds I have from middle school, as long as I can boogie to it.
So much angst and pent frustration stuffed into the catchy songs. The lyrics are blunt, stark slaps to the face. Right away with the first song "Body Bag" they are not kidding with that title. Although I feel like the term of "body bag" could be a metaphor for lots of things in my life that house my endless unfortunate happenings. My shitty Kia for example, could qualify as a body bag. It costs me money and has been there for so much of what has made my existence less than ideal. Maybe my body bag is the blanket I use on my couch which I wrap myself up in to try and keep life out. I feel I have gotten off the rails a bit here, but I personally love an album that makes you think.
Another favorite that I can't get out of my head is "Crisis." This song has my favorite vocal performance and for me was a such a dance inducing tune, that I had to get up. I cannot begin to explain how lazy I am, so if I gotta get up and jam, you win.
What I like about the music is that there is a heavy homage to the first wave of post punk, but that era does not define the sound. The percussive elements are wholly new school and very addictive. The production also plays a part in what makes this album so fresh. Mirage was a local studio project done at Big Nice Studio and I am truly impressed. LOOKERS has a sound that I think needs professional studio attention to really be done right. Even with the album so polished, it never looses its edge. Whatever they paid was a worthwhile investment.
This album has the appeal of a cult classic movie. It conjures up emotions and unbridled enjoyment with such a dusky and dank flare. I love having a soundtrack for my shitty moods, and this one just made my top ten.
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