The Rebellion Lost (garage pop punk), Astoria, Queens punk act stream “Out of Focus” EP (Review)

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Our friends in The Rebellion Lost are finally back at it again with their “Out of Focus” EP! The EP officially released on October 4, and I have to say, not only have these guys shown an enormous amount of growth since their first EP “Punch Drunk” but this new EP is really just a great listen on all fronts.

“Last Call Kansas City” was a strong choice for the opener because out of all these tracks, I think it sounds the closest to the “Punch Drunk” and succeeds in preserving a little more of that familiarity. Despite that, it is an almost textbook example of garage-pop punk, which even though TRL has so clearly grown lots, I suspect that will always stay the same about TRL.

“All The Way To The Grave” digs a more blues oriented, walking rhythm, and to me, is the strongest track on the EP. Not only is it the track that sets itself apart the most, but it seems to me that this track utilizes all the roles in the band very well, and shows that a lot of time and heart went into the development. I’m also just a sucker for a blues-y and minor key melody. Sue me.

“Old Wounds” once again returns a sound that is a little more in line with “Punch Drunk,”  but I think what seems different here to me in a simple fact of better lyrical quality. This EP not only here, but also overall, hits a kind of lyrical quality that is just a step up from “Punch Drunk.” Combined with a more fine tuned approach instrumentally, it just creates a better aural quality for the listener.

“Out of Focus” (previously reviewed here) although not a surprise to me, did have a surprise attached to the end. A whopping, extra, acoustic track, attached to the end of the track kind of surprise. Despite the fact that without listening through the entire file it would be impossible to know this is a two for one situation, it was a very pleasant surprise. Despite the fact that I have no formal complaints about this EP, I will complain that I wish that this two for one was just separated into two. I genuinely think that this acoustic track is strong enough to stand on its own and would do well to have a title– maybe I only partially want that so I don’t have to say “the extra track at the end of Out of Focus” but that’s besides the point.

Overall, I am happy to note that the “Out of Focus” EP shows tremendous growth and showcases 4 (sort of 5) excellently put together tracks. Well done TRL!


Amber Lamps, seasoned punk-rock out of Astoria, Queens stream new album “On the Lamb”

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Three piece punk-rock act, Amber Lamps are now streaming their brand new EP “On The Lamb,” which made its way to the streets last Friday, September 14th. Notorious for their soulful, and groovy riffs and peppery, seasoned punk rock, Amber Lamps have made quite the name for themselves in both their hometown of Astoria, Queens and beyond.

Before we go any further, “On The Lamb” absolutely deserves every ounce of attention from every punk, of all ages, everywhere. These guys seemed to have perfected the art of  taking the likable-ness and accessibility of pop punk and turning it into soulful, punchy, and raucous punk that drives a harder, and quite frankly, more like-able bargain than pop punk.

“Wanderlust” rolls in with an upbeat, and pop-like riff that suits the opening of the EP. “Catastrophe” taps into a blues-y swing rhythm which is the only track of this sound on the EP. If I had one last wish in the world, it would be to have an album full of tracks like this. “Catastrophe” hits me right in that sweet spot that tempts playing the track on repeat all day.

“Sola Catuli” expresses the softer side of Amber Lamps with an acoustic track. Vocals here seem to have a knack for delivering just the right amount of tone and energy for each track, and here we’re given a lullaby-like melody. As much as I love their drive in the previous tracks, this track is definitely my favorite purely for the stark contrast it shows from their traditional sound. Not only is it starkly different, but if given only this track, it is completely believable that this acoustic-signer-songwriter style is what they perform and record on a day to day basis.

“Hindered Spirits” slows it down just the tiniest touch, which is enough to give the EP closure and some structure to the flow of the six track procession. Out of all of the six tracks, this one seems to be of the most groove driven (along with “Catastrophe”) rather than tempo driven which is a good sound for these guys.

Amber Lamps absolutely nailed it on this EP, “On The Lamb.” For all of you craving that diggable, down and dirty punk– these guys should be number one on that list.

Make sure to stream the album below, and if you want to pick up the download you can do so here.

The Rebellion Lost (punk, alt-rock) stream new single “Out of Focus” off of upcoming fall EP

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Our friends in The Rebellion Lost are now streaming their new title track off of their upcoming EP “Out of Focus.”

The Rebellion Lost consists of Tom (vocals and guitar), Sean (guitar), Jimmy Bou (drums). and Danny (bass). Hailing from Queens, NY these guys last released their Punch Drunk EP in 2017. Over the past year, these guys have been kicking around on tour and growing their fan base. You can check out the new track here!

“Out of Focus” definitely is a larger step away from Punch Drunk however what I quite enjoy about this track it has a very nostalgic, punchy, grunge-esque sound. The Rebellion Lost has always boasted unique, and authentic vocals and “Out of Focus” is no exception. The vocals are raw, and gritty which has been an overall theme for these guys as a general rule of thumb, and perhaps why I’ve always liked their sound. The guitar opens with a delightful, jiggy tune and proceeds into a verse that lyrically, and aurally is quite reminiscent of Weezer. Despite the fact that this is a step away from their previous sound, “Out of Focus” shows evolution and maturation as artists which is not only a good sign but promises a fabulous end to the rest of the EP. Each role in the band fits like a puzzle into the other, which can be hard to accomplish in some regards however it’s clear these guys worked very hard on their new track and it shows.

For now, I’ll have to wait until October 5th in order to get the rest of the EP but I will be sitting on the edge of my seat until then. For any of you New Yorkers, The Rebellion Lost will be playing their release show on October 4th to celebrate the EP at Gold Sounds. Buy tickets here!