Just like the title suggests, Spotlights‘ sophomore full-length is truly a seismic affair.
The sheer sonic weight and expressiveness of post-metal meld effortlessly with wavering, textural atmospheres à la shoegaze and 90s alternative drive throughout Spotlights‘ endlessly pummeling tunes. The towering, heavy sludge instrumentation, combined with ethereal vocals and kaleidoscopic soundscapes, creates a surprisingly effective dichotomy. Many similar acts tend to get wrapped up in their adoration for bands like Hum, Failure or Swervedriver to the point of complete mimicry. Spotlights, on the other hand, blend these influences damn near perfectly into a unique sound that is all their own.
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The Melvins have announced a 12-week North American summer/fall tour in support of their forthcoming double album/film score, A Walk With Love & Death, which is due out on July 7 via Ipecac Recordings. The tour will begin on July 5 in San Diego and will conclude on October 3 in Flafstaff, Arizona. Spotlights, who will be releasing their Ipecac debut sometime this fall, will be providing support on all dates. The full itinerary can be found after the break.
As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.
Shoegazing post-metallers Spotlights have premiered their cover of Mew‘s “She Spider” at Brooklyn Vegan. The behemoth-sized rendition of the track will appear on the group’s forthcoming three-song EP, Spiders, which is due out on December 9. In addition to the cover, the EP will feature a reworking of an older track titled “A Box of Talking Heads”, as well as a remix of their track “Joseph” by Isis‘ Aaron Harris. Check out the Mew cover after the break.
Missouri instrumentalists Sisters Of. have premiered their new single, “Adulescentia” , at Heavy Blog is Heavy. The new six-minute composition follows their 2015 full-length, The Serpent, The Angel and The Adversary, and serves as a preview to their upcoming album which the band is in the midst of writing. The track frequently changes mood and style throughout. Expressive post-rock, saccharine pop melodies and monolithic post/sludge metal can all be heard on this new tune. Spotlights‘ Mario Quintero plays keys on the track as well. Check out the single now.
Combining the metallic weight of post-metal and sludge, the expressiveness of post-rock and the kaleidoscopic colors of shoegaze, Spotlights offer a unique, dense and sonically crushing experience with their debut full-length, Tidals. In a sea of artists that utilize the walls of sound associated with shoegaze, Spotlights break the mold by using the techniques as an enhancement rather than a crutch. The end result is a niche sound that will eventually become synonymous with this band’s impressive debut. Svbterranenan recently caught up with one-half of the New York duo, Mario Quintero, to talk about the new record, the band’s beginnings, shoegaze and future plans.
In an ocean of shoegaze and shoegaze-influenced bands, it often proves to be a little daunting navigating those choppy waters in search of artists who break out of the mold. While no band a part of the shoegaze resurgence is dreadful, the amount of bands worshiping solely at the altars of My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver is staggering. Luckily there are acts like Jesu, Alcest, Nothing and He Whose Ox is Gored to name a few, who use the shoegaze style as jumping-off point and not a crutch. These bands build upon the nuances associated with the genre and mold them to fit their own respective styles, rather than trying to recreate a sound popularized by x-amount of other bands.
Post-metal/shoegaze duo Spotlights have premiered their forthcoming album, Tidals, over at CVLT Nation. The record will officially be released this Friday, May 13, via Crowquill Records. Pre-order here. Picture Oceanic/Panopticon-era Isis mixed with Hum and you get basic idea of what Tidals has to offer. The record is huge and filled to the brim with lush soundscapes that are draped over mammoth guitar-driven marches. Check out the record in full now.
Husband and wife post-metal duo Spotlights have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Tidals, at Decibel. The new track is titled “Hover” and it is infectiously heavy. Grumbling bass lines and pummeling percussion lay the groundwork for the track as hypnotic vocals and a myriad of sliding, wavering psychedelic guitar leads bring color to the doomed tune. The song becomes slower and more sludge based as it progresses, subjecting the listener to towering, claustrophobic riffs. Stream the track over at Decibel now.
Tidals will be released on May 13 via Crowquil Records. Pre-order here.
Post-metal/shoegaze hybrids Spotlights have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Tidals, over at Revolver. Titled “The Grower”, the track features behemoth-sized down-tuned guitar and bass riffs that march along menacingly as layers of atmosphere and effects swirl about overhead. Check out the melodic yet crushing tune here.
Tidals will be released on May 13 via Crowquill Records. Pre-order here.