Lyonsdale is a four-piece indie rock “team of champions” as they refer to themselves (and I’d have to agree after listening to their EP) from Idaho. Their tall dreams were formed long, long ago when vocalist Ian and drummer Kaleb became friends in grade school. Having found a mutual love of pop and alternative music, they decided to scrape together the little amount of songwriting knowledge they had at the time and make tunes together in each other’s bedrooms.
That’s how every great artist starts, really. It’s either the bedroom or the garage. They’ve spent years honing their style and art after going through countless unsuccessful acts. It was only in the summer of 2016 they discovered their close friend Gabe had taught himself the guitar. After writing music as a trio, Lyonsdale was formed. They immediately headed to the streets of Boise and Nampa, Idaho with a cajon and two guitars while playing their original tunes to create a local buzz. After months of writing, they hit the studio and recorded their debut four-track EP titled Finger Guns.
Finger Guns opens with “Drown.” This indie-pop-rock song opens with a thumping drum beat and surf-esque clean electric chords which power through a catchy chord progression. Wailing vocals create a strong feel to the track. There’s something simultaneously soothing and gripping about the powerful yet soft, crisp, smooth approach to singing on this opener. Infectious little guitar riffs wail atop the chorus, much as the crooning vocals do.There’s no distortion but there’s a certain power to the performance.
“There’s Brightness Everywhere” is a classic indie-pop styled track driven by a catchy guitar surf-rock hook which descends down the fretboard and twangs in a style reminiscent of old classics in the genre such as The Smiths and The Cure. It’s a hopeful, uplifting track and how “there’s brightness past the sky” and how a certain somebody will “be all right.” It’s about overcoming and pushing past the darkness or the doubts in our lives. There’s an intriguing, intense, dark guitar riff towards the close of the track, however. It adds a creepy, disturbed atmosphere to the track. The vocals retain their tone, nonetheless, and the track remains consistent. This was an unexpected switch-up, but it works.
“Home Alone” is a straight-up pop track, in many ways. The vocals croon, swoop and are all full of little catchy arpeggios. It was the aggressive synth pop chorus which took me most by surprise - again, it was a good surprise. It added some character and flavor to the song that I hadn’t expected from this band. This may only be a four-track EP, but they’re showing promise of experimenting with different sounds to the basic guitar-bass-drum combination and playing with new ideas.
I look forward to seeing what these guys come up with next.They have bags of talent and innovation, but soon they’ll have experience under their belt too; this was a great start for them. There’s a lot for them to work with here, but the pieces of the jigsaw are starting to fit together, even though Lyonsdale hasn’t even been together a year.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook