Music of all types has seemed to have lost its way. Radio stations are littered with the brainless cacophony they refer to as music. Media outlets continue to force feed consumers what they believe to be “good” music. Finding music that is actually “good” is so hard for listeners nowadays and it often feels like your standing in the middle of a forest and not being able to see the trees. Luckily for us, there is a light that shines brightly through the thicket and illuminates the path to great music. At the center of this brilliant light source is the electrifying Indie band Red Lanterns. Hailing from Altoona, PA, this astounding quartet give music a much needed reality check by bringing artistic creativity, amazing energy and mounds of originality.
Red Lanterns’ latest EP, The Red and the Black, is a collection of ebullient tunes that will make wheelchair-bound music lovers break their necks to get up and dance. The EP’s opener, “There’s No Such Thing as a Last Hurrah”, is an exhilarating neck-snapping anthem whose vociferous drums and wailing strings will entice your body to move. The opening vocal and string arrangement transitions from an acoustic melody to a hard rocking ensemble filled with chest-pounding kicks, a driving baseline and pleasurably clamoring cymbals whose syncopated crash injects stacks of vigor. The song transitions from the chorus, bridge and stanzas effortlessly and continues to keep a tight grasp on the listener’s eardrums.
Imagine getting tossed around at the speed of sound inside of a mosh pit. Take that feeling and multiply it by 1000 and the result of that equation is their smash hit “Rage (Red Lanterns Fight Song)”. The intensity of this track is amazing as the Lanterns go all in musically on this tremendous “call to arms” composition. Bass and electric guitars dominate the track as the lively percussion and vocal additives mesh perfectly within the composition. Other standout tracks are the high-powered “Gloves Come Off”, the animated canticle “Area Run” and the omnipotent “The Matter is Settled”. Each of the aforementioned tracks exhibits prominent musical and lyrical mastery that surpasses the talent of status quo artists.
The Red and the Black is a dynamic piece whose kinetic instrumentation, original concepts and solid vocal expressions make for great treadmill music. It is a fact that mainstream media outlets will continue to pollute air and radio waves with importunate music. It is a fact that they will continue to employ unfair tactics to coerce consumers to enjoy said garbage. However, it is a fact that amidst rubbish and mire that crowds the forest four talented individuals emit luminous rays of hope for an ailing industry. Those rays bear crimson hues and are generated from Red Lanterns.