Last time we saw Flashguns was way back at the end of 2009 when they were touring with fellow Londoners Bombay Bicycle Club. But after keyboardist Oliver Wright left the band, the rest of the members went away as a three-piece to record their album. Now just under a year has passed and they are back brighter than ever, ‘Come And See The Lights’ is a more lo-fi direction for the band with scuzzy guitar and driving bass at the heart of the song, all held together tightly by drummer Giles Robinson. But the real highlight comes in the explosive chorus, singer Sam Johnston sings “come and see the lights with me” before the trance like synth line takes over really launching the song to new heights.
Come And See The Lights Acoustic:
This change in direction could be the band going back to their earlier influences of The Cure and The Smiths but taking a different approach to it all, instead focusing on the type of sound they want to produce rather than structure or harmonies, or maybe the new lo-fi direction just suited the bands change to a three-piece but what rings true is that this new sound won’t look out-of-place with the current crop of bands coming through like Best Coast and Yuck.
The band are set to release their debut album in early 2011 through the lovely people at Friends Vs Records but for now they have been kind enough to give the members of their mailing list a free download of the b-side ‘Speed And Leisure’. This song is very much in the same vein as its bigger brother but with descending bass lines and pounding drums taking the centre of attention. You can download ‘Speed And Leisure’ by signing up to the bands mailing list here or from us below.
MP3: Speed And Leisure