Monday 14 May 2018

Spotlights - Hanging By Faith (EP Review)

Release date: June 15th 2018. Label: Ipecac Recordings. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Hanging By Faith – Tracklisting

1.The Hanging (Hang Us All) - Kris Dirksen Remix
2.Till Darkness Comes Out (Ghost Of A Glowing Forest) - Mario Quintero Remix
3.Sudden Violent Movement (Seismic) - Aaron Harris Remix
4.Ice Giant (The Size Of The Planet) - Void Manes Remix


Sarah Quintero - Bass/Guitar/Vocals
Mario Quintero - Guitar/Synths/Vocals
Chris Enriquez - Drums (Live)


New York city's Spotlights showed up on my radar sometime last year as the opening act for the mighty Melvins. There album Seismic was an absolute monster with a stunning mix of heavy rock with a bit of electronics sprinkled in for good measure. Hanging by Faith is a breathtaking 5 song EP that features four remixes from their recent album Seismic. Though with a heavier punch of industrial and electronics.

The record does an absolutely amazing job of being detached, brooding and moody while at the same time being warm and intimate.

The Hanging (Hang us All) Kris Dirksen remix opens the record with the a late era Nine Inch Nails sound wrapped lovingly around detached vocals.

Till the Darkness Comes (Ghost of A Glowing Forest) has very subdued, almost ambient sound about it. The song is extremely synth heavy and has moments that give you that

Stranger Things feel. A Sudden Violent Movement lives up to its name as it kicks in quickly. This drums and synth heavy monster is a surreal trip.

Ice Giant (Size of the Planet) is a noise heavy track remixed by Void Manes who did some work on the Melvins Chicken Switch remix album.

The album closes with a brilliant cover of the Cure's Faith. This is the most straight forward fully realized rock song on the record. The guitars and drums are heavy with a full band sound.

Hanging by Faith is a brilliant piece of work and an interesting jumping on point if you are not familiar with this fabulous band, even if you are not a fan of electronic music.

The five songs pulsate with a dark beautiful light that draws you in and seduces your soul. Do yourself a favor and check out this and the previous releases from this amazing band.

- Todd S

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Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Monica at Speakeasy PR for the promo. Hanging By Faith will be released on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ipecac Recordings from June 15th 2018.


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