Lightspeed Rescue – Spauldin’ EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: June 7 2013
I don’t know about you, the reader of this review, but one of my biggest musical pet peeves is when people say “they listen to everything” when talking about music they enjoy. Some people genuinely do listen to and enjoy a variety of music. I wouldn’t say I listen to everything out there, because I cannot stand dubstep for the life of me, but I still listen to a variety. My favorite genres are pop-punk and indie-rock, but I do enjoy hard-rock, alternative rock, metalcore, post-hardcore, metal, hardcore, folk, pop, pop-rock, and a lot of other stuff. I listen to a lot of music, so rap-rock group Lightspeed Rescue is a really interesting one. I haven’t heard a rap-rock band in a long time, but I did listen to a Gym Glass Heroes record for the first time a few months back. I’m not a fan of hip-hop, really, but I make exceptions here and there. I love Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover. I may like him more for his writing, acting, and comedy, but his music is awesome. He’s really clever and witty, and his lyrics show that. Anyway, Lightspeed Rescue is interesting merely because rap-rock bands aren’t that common anymore. You don’t see a lot of Beastie Boys-esque bands out there, because the mainstream society seems to have this idea that rap and rock doesn’t mix. It can, but it’s usually not done well. So, how does this band compare? Well, they’re actually quite enjoyable. Their most recent release, Spauldin’, is only three tracks, two of which are a remix of a song, and an acoustic track. The title track is the only pure song on it, so to speak.
The EP beings with the title track, and as I said, it’s the only “regular” song on it, with the two being a remix and acoustic version of other tracks. But despite that, the song is exactly what I expected it to be – very catchy, infectious, pop-rock meets hip-hop. The only thing that keeps from really liking this song is the lyrics. They’re your average “partying” lyrics, and while I don’t mind fun songs, sometimes they just don’t do anything for me. The overall instrumentation is what really helps this song, even if the chorus of this song is mainly sung (with some rapping by vocalist Brandon Bester). That part of the song is rather cliché, but the overall instrumentation has a lot of groove, funk, and while the lyrics aren’t really anything awe-inspiring, and don’t do much for me, they don’t need to be great, either. They’re fun, enjoyable, and catchy. That’s most like what they’re aiming for, and they hit the target nicely. Second track “Keep Your Body Moving (Au5 Remix)” is another pretty solid track. It’s the longest song on the record, but this is the most “electronic” of the three. It’s a straightforward electronic/dubstep/hip-hop song, and it’s actually quite catchy. The lyrics of this song fit nicely with “Spauldin’”,s but it’s pretty cool, and they work for the song that they appear on. The last song, “Celebration (Acoustic)” is a bit of a departure from the sound the last two songs gave us, but even then, it’s a nice closer to the EP. I like the combination of acoustic and hip-hop, because it’s something not heard often, and it works nicely. There’s also a really cool acoustic guitar solo within the track, and it sounds beautiful, honestly. I still don’t quite care for the lyrics of this EP, but even then, if you’re into fun lyrics and need something to get pumped up to, especially during the summer, this is definitely a solid EP.