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Hit The Lights
This Is A Stick Up: Don't Make It A Murder
Triple Crown Records
www.hitthelightsmusic.com


Every time I go to the store to find myself a new CD I tend to go through the same routine: glance through the entire "Rock" section looking to see if there are new releases from artists I've loved for some time or old releases that I forgot I always wanted. There are those few times that I go in there with the intent of getting something I've never heard before, a new addition to my library.

With Hit The Lights that was the case. I spotted their recent release This Is A Stick Up: Don't Make It A Murder on the "New Release" shelf. Read over the cover and noticed a sticker that perked my interest, it read something along the lines of "for fans of Fall Out Boy". Well, that's me, of course! So, I kept Hit The Lights in the back of my mind while I followed my typical routine. When I finally finished, I hadn't picked up anything else and decided to give this band a chance. I'm glad I did. The sticker was right; this album is perfect for those fans of F.O.B. and Hawthorne Heights. This band fits in the genres of: pop-punk, alternative and good ole' fashion punk, begging it's audiences to break out into moshing. When diving into their songs you could get hung up on the obvious odd nature of one of the titles, however the lyrics to "Bodybag" are catchy and easily get stuck in your head: "You're gonna need a bodybag, I'll break bones you didn't know you had." The rest of the album follows this catchy chorus, energetic melodies theme. "Speakers Blown" is another song that I really enjoy, in this song Colin Ross comes out sounding almost like Jordan Pundik, which will bring in those die-hard fans of New Found Glory.

It was obviously a good sign when my editor sent me this CD to review, and I had already purchased it, and on a whim none-the-less! We both must have good taste!

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. Call Out (You Are The Dishes)
2. These Backs Are Made For Stabbing
3. Three On Nine
4. Bodybag
5. Talk Us Down
6. Save Your Breath
7. Sincerely Yours
8. One Hundred Times
9. It's All The Rage
10. Speakers Blown
11. Until We Get Caught
12. Make A Run For It


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