It takes true courage to write something as raw and honest as ‘Cemetery Sounds’, the second track on the latest release from Massachusetts emo kids, Lilac Queen:
“Shouldn’t have to beg you to love me,‘Cemetery Sounds’ by Lilac Queen
In my darkest times,
The puppet strings you’re pulling,
Left me with a captive mind,
I thought you were an angel,
And I thought that I could shine,
You’D maybe get to heaven,
If I stuck by your side…”
The lyrics capture the intense emotional roller-coaster of being in an emotionally abusive relationship with a stark, brutal honesty. The music however sounds triumphant and bombastic with explosive guitars and a soaring chorus that is easy to get caught up in. ‘Cemetery Sounds’ is a cathartic, blast of pure emotion and a new anthem for surviving abuse.
Across these four powerful tracks, Lilac Queen showcase their strengths – Mountains of powerful guitar noise, with soaring lead guitar lines and bombastic drums, recalling the best of the shoegaze scene and a hint of the post-rock bombast of bands like Explosions In The Sky. Underneath the piles of raucous sound are a pair of voices that sing in beautiful harmony.
Absolute highlight, ‘Ouch’ is a great example of this dynamic, with the two singers voices looping and swirling around each other, creating harmonies and taking on solo-lines in and around the powerful force of the music.
Wrapping things up after only four songs with ‘Lorna II’ , featuring more of that beautiful interplay between the singers and a hypnotic, crunchy blast of noise, I’m left wanting more. Much more.
‘If Only’ is one of the most exciting records I’ve heard this year so far. Lilac Queen have crafted a work that pays homage to their influences, but also sounds fresh and unique. I highly recommend you check this out and keep a close eye out for their next release.
You can purchase ‘If Only’ directly from No Sleep Records by heading to the Lilac Queen Bandcamp page. It’s only a $4 minimum for the download, which is literally one dollar per track. An absolute steal!
You can also stream the whole thing on Spotify, which is nice.
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