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The Blacklights - Science Rock (Live At The Blacklight Bar, Salem Oregon) [Single] TDRCO-022

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The Blacklights
Science Rock (Live At The Blacklight Bar, Salem Oregon) [Single]

Release Date: April 2, 2012

I might be dating myself here, but this raw live recording brought me instantly back to the bootlegged Sonic Youth tapes I stole from my neighbor’s older brother and worshipped endlessly as a kid. A low-fi track of raw heaviness with a seriously lumbering devil-may-care attitude, it’s easy for me to see ‘Science Rock’ as a song by the forgotten third band on the Sebadoh/Pavement tour of 1992. To be fair however, the pleasure of the track is not all based in nostalgia. The tune does in fact bring the rock, and the band rumbles and chugs along in all the right places. A big, heart-ache kick drum and something like a Marshall stack turned up to eleven make sure the ninnies are nowhere near the stage, while a whizzing synthesizer brings a spacier element that implies some schooling and substantially expands the palette. Think prog rock for Neanderthals with a more modern sensibility, and you’re at least in The Blacklights’ neighborhood.  (HUTCH HILL, April 4, 2012)

Proof-positive that the 90’s have indeed come calling once again, “Science Rock” by Salem, Oregon’s The Blacklights is a six-minute throwback to ‘round about twenty years prior or so, give or take a few. Listening to a handful of tracks from The Blacklights’ arsenal, one gets the immediate picture that they’ve spent more than a few late nights trancing out on a panoply of die-hard noise-pop and psych fodder from yesteryear. The most immediately recognizable suspects to pick out from the proverbial line-up would be the always rowdy Brian Jonestown Massacre and their ancestral bloodlines, that whole post-Velvets, half-digested Paisley Underground thing that melodically kicked the kids in the teeth with J&MC’s Psychocandy and Ride’s Nowhere before resurfacing in the early 00’s with bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Warlocks. Cool is perennial it seems, and the aforementioned wellsprings are likely to get successively mined by some quota of all generations to pick up electric guitars from here forward. (REED BURNAM, ‎May ‎23, ‎2012)