FOUR LIGHTS: Death to False Posi: CD

This is a band named after a line from a seminal Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “Chain of Command.” In this episode Captain Picard is tortured by the Cardassians who offer to stop only if he admits to seeing five lights instead of the four that are actually there. It’s an exercise in control over a captor and is an homage to the same test they do on Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four. My point is that this is a band with strength and integrity. On paper, they’re just another pop punk band to join in the ranks of melodic songs about girls. Move one layer past that and you’ll find a group with smart, heartfelt lyrics, warm tones, and sweet harmonies. I mean this in the nicest way, but this is punk’s version of easy listening. The title track hits on topics that are fairly uncommon in the pop punk world. Instead of glossing over bummery emotions or sugar coating the rough stuff of life, they put a spotlight on it. Among those honest lyrics there are couplets that contain a tinge of apathy and realness such as: “I don’t wanna change the world / I’m just looking for a way to get the girl.” On the flipside, you can look at that as a commentary on bands that push a manifesto for social change when, in all honesty, they just want to write love songs. On a side note, I was listening to a lot of Samiam recently and noticed a striking similarity in the vocal stylings of Jason Beebout and Four Lights’ vocalist Dan Gardner. Death to False Posi is a nice diversion from your typical bands of guys with beards, while toeing the line close enough to fit in to that very same demographic. –Kayla Greet (Bomb Pop)