Luxury Stranger reach the milestone of their third album, titled Darkness Falls Upon The Light. They are still working their classically moody dark alt-rock stylings, with Simon York’s super-dramatic vocals leading the charge. CD co-released by the Cold Insanity Music and Earth-Two Records labels.
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"Be nice to this" it says on the envelope, "Ian's Friend". First up...Ian has friends? Who knew? Secondly I don't need to pretend to be nice to dramatic 80's raincoat rock as I have a little place in my heart for anything that reminds me of traipsing around dimly lit city centres wearing a massive long coat whilst the wind whistles through the disused shops and I wonder about the futility of my existence. Luxury Stranger take those goth rock sweepings we knew in the 80's with propulsive drumming, 'the edge' style like guitars and throbbing bass lines and add atop Simon York's poetic and melodramatic vocals.
Opener 'Another Intoxicated Release' sets the tone at 'blustery' and belts along conjuring up bleak imagery of when everything went wrong with life in the '80s. Luxury Stranger certainly know how to whip up a storm - the best example being 'Wash' where a nasty sinister bass line and eerie guitar effects combine with heartily strummed acoustics to create a bedrock for York's theatrical raging. His voice may at times be sometimes over dramatic but it also remembers to apply an ear pleasing chorus which helps tempers the bombast.
'A Triumph of the Heart' has lots of Interpol in the intertwining guitar lines and infectious driving chorus which in turn reminds me that I was going to mention the Chameleons. You wouldn't want to bump into them on a dark night but Luxury Stranger are adept at creating wild and energetic music that sits adeptly in that place where indie rock meets goth rock.
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