On their newest single “1000 Lives,” Northpilot has created a 4 minute sci-fi magnum opus. It seems much more appropriate to call it a composition than it does a song. With its darkly churchy synth work and layered atmospheric melodies, I can’t help but be at least vaguely reminded of Julian Casablancas’s solo work (“Glass” in particular.)
Where “1000 Lives” is enormous, the b-side, “Maps and Dragons” pulls back and shows a more folked-up approach. Still present, however, is the perfect mixture of human and electronic instrumentation. The highlight of the song is the not-so subtle homage to “Lake Shore Drive”.
If you hurry, you can catch Northpilot perform live on Audio Tree at 7:30 p.m. You can also catch them at Schubas on Friday, Dec. 16 with Color Radio and Minor Characters.
Locksley uses power pop as a vehicle to spread their love of Beatle Boots, Doo Wop, and 70s American punk. I’ve used Locksley to get my Please Please Me’s out for a few years now, and now that the Redwalls are MIA, I rely on their 60s power pop all the more. When they came to Panchos just a few months ago, I was surprised at the relatively small turnout, which consisted mostly of pining teenage girls, for such an infectious and energetic band. If you go see Locksley Sunday night at Schubas, I can promise you that you’re life will not change. You will not realize the meaning of life. You will, however, see a band that cares about very little other than making sure their songs stay in your head and that you leave happier than when you arrived.
Locksley plays at Schubas Sunday night in support of Alpha Rev. Doors are at 8. Before heading out to Schubas, check out their video for “Darling It’s True” off of last year’s Be In Love.