ALBUM REVIEW: The Mystery Lights – The Mystery Lights


Rating7.5The popularity of psych and garage rock in recent years shows no sign of abating and that’s a good thing when top shelf exponents such as NewYork five-piece The Mystery Lights rise to the top. They’ve got the 60s sound down pat with heavy-on-the-reverb, fuzzed-out guitars, droning organ, and a soulful, punk-injected push and pull rhythm section. Singer Mike Brandon has a thin, taut and frenzied yelp that keeps the ramalama riffs and grooves in a permanent state of teen anxiety. They never run out of ideas on this, their debut album and though it’s nothing new, they’ve impressively nailed the sound and attitude of primitive rock ’n’ roll.

Chris Familton