In previous years, Lightblue, a young quintet hailing from Cheltenham, were known as Sioux Falls. Relative newcomers to the scene, the band have nonetheless achieved an integration into their local scene, as well as having played well-known festivals such as 2000 Trees. Friday 8th December saw the release of their debut EP, Paradise Lost, through Shipwreck Records. Comprised of three tracks, it seems the band are well on their way to establishing their anthemic, pop-punk sound.
Far Gone opens the EP with soaring riffs and vocals which border on angsty which would not be amiss in any main stream pop-punk record. With a sound reminiscent of Neck Deep, the opener drives the EP on with just a glimpse of what these boys are capable of.
Single In the Back of My Room has an infectious chorus and the drums and guitars are the driving force of the track throughout. Along with Callum Middleton’s melodic vocals, this makes the track one to listen out for on the radio.
The closing tack of the EP Mast may seem anticlimactic in its change of tone with its hauntingly reflective and emotive vocals after the previous two punchy tracks at first, but serves to tie the three tracks together. At around the 2:40 mark the track begins to match the energy of the other two offerings on the EP and Middleton here is able to showcase more of a vocal range and a versatility, showing that Lightblue aren’t by any means a one trick pony.
The boys have both here firmly demonstrated in just three songs their potential – no mean feat – and also established a recognisable sound. Already being favourably compared to the likes of Boston Manor – who are currently dominating the scene – The Front Bottoms, and Brand New, it is plain to see where the band’s influences lie. With plans for an upcoming tour being discussed, Lightblue are sure to pick up some fans on the way and are certainly one to watch. Personally, I’m excited to see where this band are going to go from here.