Everybody Lusts for some vintage chorus-soaked pop songs every now and then, and so does Lusts. Their debut Illuminations sheds some light on the Stone brothers’ love for the combination of vintage sound and modern pop-songs, and includes their three catchy singles Waves, Mouthwash and Temptation. You'll have to bring your own tie-dye.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 October 2015Lusts are quite a standard sounding indie band from Leicester who play ’80’s influenced driving rock music. It neither offends nor interest the ear. They sound like the sort of band that may have supported The Chameleons in ’83. Tracks like ‘Careless’ are punchily produced by Hookwoms' MJ (taking time out from single handedly policing the internet) but the songs are just average on first listen. The repeated chorus of ‘Careless’ just doesn’t snag the ear. It’s like this throughout - all the right ingredients but none of the thrill that pop music should give you. That said the best song here ‘Temptation’ is also the most familiar to these so these songs could take time to bed in. Only time will tell ‘Illuminations’ is the point that I lose interest in their penchant for a chorus just being a repeat of the title. It’s also remarkably similar to the previous ‘Temptation’. It’s nicely made though….and fans of Toy may want to cock an ear towards its poppy psych....they just need more imagination in the songwriting department to get me out of my chair.
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