Lights Run Riot- Warning Team EP

4 stars (out of 5)


Lights Run RiotLights Run Riot, a London based duo, met at University in 2003 and have been writing music together ever since. John Evelyn and Tomas Lane flaunt their adoration of “dynamic rock music” with their EP ‘Warning team’. Currently on the look out for a drummer, it is highly recommended to bag a snoop and get in swiftly.

‘Like Needles in Haystacks’ begins with well-structured and tear-provoking elegance; this transforms itself into a sincerely moving intro. It is akin to the Goo Goo Dolls and hooks glimpses of Feeder’s ‘Just the way I’m feeling’, perfecting a captivating sorrowful-rock recipe which has not been heard enough recently. Edging towards the chorus, it has the appealing taste of the Lost Prophets- ramming the listener into sober thinking. An idyllic female backing vocal provides the invigorating edge of romance that so many tunes fall short of delivering.

Gradually moving away from the soul-grabbing sounds of the former, ‘Rooftop Gymnastics’ brings with it an attractive yet simple melody, accompanied by a spoken suppleness. Not forgetting their intention, Lights Run Riot bring back their pop-rock banter which can only lead to a mammoth future.

Bringing the EP to a regrettable close, it is somewhat disappointing to find ‘Foot High Nettles’-an instrumental. Draped nicely in meditative guitar movements, it desires a meaningful lyric to compliment its jangly percussion and melancholy piano arpeggios.

Demonstrating what is possible at such an early stage, Lights Run Riot are destined for greatness. It is trusted that they will turn up on London’s gig circuit soon; scratching their score into sticky venue floors for a long while to come.


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