“Songs about girls and driving and making terrible decisions, just like all the best songs. Three-part harmonies, jangly guitars & pounding drums. Songs to dance to, drink to and cry to. Sounds like the radio, in a parallel universe where the radio sounds amazing.”
They pretty much nailed it with that description. Hailing from Austin, Texas, the Golden Lights strong eleven-song set, Ghosts Along The Way, is fueled by jangly guitars, a steady drumbeat, and lyrics that draw the listener in. Roots rocker "Eventually" kicks things off and perfectly captures the album, setting the tone for what's to come. "Stuck In The Cheap Seats" is as reflective as it is infectious, "Sunshine, You're Dead To Me" is a piano-tinged shuffler and the radio-ready "Fake Friends" tells of a reality we've all encountered. The energy is amped up on the rollicking "The Fighting Kind," the jaunty, colorful "Alcohol Thins The Blood," and the mid-tempo tale of getting over a love, "Someone Else." Then it's taken back down on the melancholy "Fell By The Wayside" which captures the insightful line "I never thought I'd ever lose you/It was always my intent to chose you, but then I failed to decide," and the somber "Bittersweet Vibrations" before closing out with the "Last One Of The Losers."
If you like The Replacements, Wilco, or The Old 97’s, then the Golden Lights will be right up your musical alley. Give them a listen.