SPEEDLIGHTS, THE: Self-titled: CD

Woo hoo! Freshman release from these dudes, but clearly someone here knows their way around the block, as the level of songwriting and confidence demonstrated in the performance just screams “veteran.” Long story short, this is six tracks of damn near perfect pop which hints at many sub-flavors while still retaining a unique musical identity. Every song is so chock full of hooks I cannot recall a batch of songs this side of the Exploding Hearts that are more potent in this regard. I should also mention that fellow Dentonites (that’s Denton, Texas) Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan recorded and mixed this, if that is of interest to you. 

 –Garrett Barnwell (Self-released, thespeedlights.bandcamp.com)