100 Shows of 2010 - #20: Light Pollution @ Black Cat, 4/28/10

Another Chicago band, another great show. If this keeps up, I’ll have to revise my feelings about the Windy City. I was so psyched to see Light Pollution, and they didn’t let me down (the crowd, conversely, well that’s something else entirely). The pre-set music was Lush, which automatically assured me that the show would be delightful. And lo and behold, it sure was.

MINI RECAP: Light Pollution = Muy Fantastico! Overall score: B+.

Opening with the epic, noisy “All Night Outside,” the band played up their crashing drums and swirling guitars to perfection. The vocals were just a teensy bit overwhelmed by all that fantastic noise, but it didn’t detract at all. They make quite a racket, those Chicagoans, and I absolutely love it. They had great energy, great presence. Though when it comes to garnering my favor, if you’ve got a glorious blend of shoegaze, dance, and rock’n’roll, you can’t lose. And as such, Light Pollution sure do sound like winners.

I must confess, I hoped for a good show, but Light Pollution did one better than just play a good show. They totally won me over, song after song. I found their brambled tangle of ripe noise blissfully mesmerizing. If there’s one complaint I have, well, it’s that they only played six songs. I’m all for quality over quantity, but sometimes a girl just needs more than six songs. Their set was over far too soon. Other than that, well, they were absolutely splendid.

Go see them, friends, whenever you can. You’ll be glad you did. Especially if they play more than six songs!

mp3: Drunk Kids (Light Pollution from Apparitions)


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