MOS Album Review: Hit The Lights “Just to Get Through To You”

12 Jacket (3mm Spine) [GDOB-30H3-007} Hit The Lights are a well-known pop-punk band from Lima, Ohio- currently signed to Pure Noise Records! The band got most of their traction from Until We Get Caught in 2005 and then again (with my personal favorite album, probably of all time) This Is A Stick Up… Don’t Make It A Murder in 2006. The band’s former vocalist Colin Ross then parted ways with the band in 2007, but appears once on most recent album Summer Bones. The band then had former back-up vocalist Nick Thompson become their main vocalist in 2008. Hit The Lights  is set to release their fully acoustic EP Just To Get Through To You on May 6th, 2016. It features all of your favorite records, acoustically!! Until then, you can read Amanda’s review of the EP below.

Let me start off by saying I love Hit The Lights with every inch of my being and This Is A Stick Up… Don’t Make It A Murder probably saved my entire life, okay it actually did. As a band they got me through some pretty tough break ups. Ya know, the whole your boyfriend cheats on you with your best friend kinda thing? So you could say “Bodybag” was my anthem for a while- yeah it still kinda is. That album is hands down, one of my favorite albums of all time- right up there with Eminem’s Curtain Call.

I was very devastated to hear that Colin was leaving the band, I totally thought they were never going to be a band again. So that small girl who just learned to drive screaming in her car “YOU SOUND LIKE A RADIO WITH THE SPEAKERS BLOWN, TREBLE HIGH AND THE BASS DOWN LOW, DOWN LOWWWW” started screaming the lyrics even louder in hopes they would continue on. I’m not going to lie I may have actually cried because I never got to see them in concert. But then I heard “Drop The Girl” and I was soooo excited because not only did they sound eerily similar to what they did before, this song was AMAZING! It also came at a perfect time, where I was in another situation like the one I mentioned before, I know I’m a mess. BUT Skip School, Start Fights was a pretty solid album and I loved the sound they created, even without Colin, but the small 8th grade girl still hoped inside my heart he would come back because it just wasn’t the same. I was still happy though, it stayed very close to home for me.

They eventually developed their own sound without Colin and delved into more of the instrument aspect of their sound and not just lyrics. You can notice a clear switch in focus for the band around the time Invicta was released.  Some of the songs, I wasn’t too pleased with because of the pop shift in some of the tracks. But, they seemed to make it work. So I was completely thrilled to hear they were releasing an acoustic EP!!

Here’s me giving Just To Get Through To You a listen!

So when I gave this a first listen, I wasn’t too fond of it. Mainly because I’ve been binging on old Hit The Lights since 2005 but I digress. Once I played their more recent stuff my brain switched back into new Hit The Lights mode, and I re-listened to the EP. I have really come to love Nick’s vocals. They’re so different from the past tracks they have all done together and this EP really shows his range and reminds you, he kicks ass! Also, this shows that the band as a whole can do ultimately any sound and they don’t have to just stick to studio sound. They can totally rock acoustically, which sadly many bands can’t do. I really love the background adlibs on some of these tracks, I always admire small things like that in bands. The acoustic rendition of “Drop the Girl” was something I have been waiting for my entire life and now I finally have it, and it feels so good. The band has done an excellent job of staying true to the original feel of every song, but at the same time bringing something completely honest to each track. “Fucked Up Kids” is definitely my favorite track on this EP, it has such a genuine feel to it. That being said, I don’t think they should’ve done “Save your Breath” it feels like a slap in the face to me. Not down playing the way it sounds, because it’s good- but I don’t think anything will come close to the original and hearing it like this kinda hurt my feelings.. Anyway, I am in love with acoustic versions of songs, but if you’re not a fan- I think you still will be because they do it very well. I don’t wanna go into too much detail, you’ll just have to listen to the EP when it comes out May 6th (;

It’s not easy to come back and redeem yourself after a change in a band, especially a vocalist. The sounds you’re used to hearing you won’t anymore. A piece of the band is gone and you can feel it like a whole in your heart. It’s hard to rebuild as musical artists after something like that. So I really commend Hit The Lights and their efforts to work through Colin leaving and still staying true to their sound. Their ambition to continue the band is truly courageous especially when you don’t know how fans will react. Some of them could stay, some of them could never listen to another song again. But Hit The Lights have done a really awesome job at staying consistent and maintaining a fan base. It hurt my heart to see and hear the change, and I contemplated no longer being a fan because of it. But they turned that around and changed my mind, they’re still the same band I used to love. They’re still the same people that made my heart hurt less during my teenage angst. They’re still Hit The Lights and though I miss the band they used to be, I am excited I get to see who they are becoming.

Remember to get their EP Just To Get Through To You coming out May 6th! You won’t regret it!! Also, be sure to check out their tour dates, they could be coming to a city near you! Hey who knows, maybe I’ll finally get to see them live. (:

 

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