The re-release of Us Lights' first album with SELF Group dives head on into our dark/heavy pop sound which has evolved over the years from working hard as a DIY tight-knit band of friends playing live and touring consistently. The music thrives as an energetic live performance before ever taking it into the studio. Once the band starts recording they try to keep it as live as possible to maintain that raw energy. The songs on the new EP contain a dark play on lyrics featuring themes about civilization, pain, the devil, and fear of control.
“The band has an ethereal sound, inspired by dream pop and post-punk outfits from the ’80s, such as Echo and the Bunnymen and The Church, mixed with a modern sensibility a la Deerhunter’s more ethereal moments. This track in particular maintains that ethereality while driving into a compelling rhythmic pulse, and ultimately, it hits a buzzing psychedelic groove that carries the song out quite nicely." - Treble Zine
“Us Lights’ “Sometimes Smile” is an eerie but propulsive number that conjures an intricate spiral pattern like a spider’s web. There’s tons of atmosphere here, with muscly bass and cannon-like drums providing a sturdy foundation to the more ethereal, water-drop elements.” ~ Ned Lannamann, Portland Mercury
“Michael Young’s vocals for Us Lights are breathtaking. As rich as Rufus Wainwright, his tone soars over beautiful, classic synth melodies. This five piece produce an incredibly dynamic tease of clean emotive pop. I defy you to not be blown away.”~ Jennie Chapman, The Deli Magazine