Some say that love and women are the muse of all great artists, but tragedy has its fair share of influence too. Some of the great masterpieces have been based around tragedy; there’s Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio For Strings’, Spielberg’s ‘Shindler’s List’ and Roger Hargreaves’ ‘Mr. Grumpy’, for example. As far as music goes, tragedy is up there as one of the top lyrical influences, and goes hand in hand with punk rock.
Sounding somewhere inbetween The Story So Far and The Offspring with a little bit of Bad Religion thrown in too, Lights Over Bridgeport are the ideal punk rock band. Their ‘Prayers & Eulogies’ EP is four solid tracks of palm-muted riffs and gruff vocal gold.
Though it’s nothing new, they aren’t trying to be the next big thing and are simply playing what they know and love which really shows in the chemistry of their sound. When you listen to ‘Prayers & Eulogies’, it feels like you’re listening to a jam session. It’s not all polished and clean cut, it’s dressed down, energetic, in the moment punk rock and it’s just perfect.
So, yeah, calling all punk rock fans; this is an essential EP for your earholes. Despite the gloomy lyrics, this EP will not fail to put a smile on your face. So, grab a copy, whack it on your MP3 player or iPod (you conformist) and go for a walk. Just be prepared for many springs in your step.
Written by Andy Roberts