Released: February 2012
THE announcement of a new sound from a band often results in a lot of new feelings and opinions from fans. Why are they changing their sound? What will it sound like? Will it be good? Well, these questions often arise from their mouths as a side order to the main course of anxiety and despair. It’s a Queens of the Stone Age/Red Hot Chili Peppers/Artic Monkeys situation: on one hand a new sound is a success, whereas in other cases they aren’t so well received (and I love all three bands).
With their new EP Slush Fund Blues, it appears Streaming Lights have also knocked their heads together to form resultant headaches which are to be expected, and a new sound that is unexpectedly fantastic. As well as a nice improvement in production quality, the band has added the element of fun to their music, almost as if they had become obsessed with Eagles Of Death Metal lately.
The riffs and catchy rhythms were present on previous album Slush Fund Blues, but the way they were displayed did not give as much of an impact as they could have. Now on the brand new EP the increase in production allows for the listener to really appreciate the potential Streaming Lights and their riffs have.
The drum beats are insanely catchy, and the electronics thicken up the sound of Streaming Lights and the result is four tracks the listener over and over again. Slush Fund Blues EP is a fantastic listen and I cannot wait to see how Streaming Lights take their new sound and produce an album out of it.