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Lights Resolve Rocks The Bowery

August 14th, 2009

Lights Resolve – The Bowery Ballroom – August 13, 2009

Lights Resolve - The Bowery Ballroom - August 13, 2009

Lights Resolve started promoting last night’s show in the streets of New York City as far back as early July. For a band from nearby Long Island suburbia, a headlining show at The Bowery Ballroom is a major accomplishment and one they didn’t want to spoil. When the show sold out in the eleventh hour (fans were still buying tickets as openers the Rivalry began), it was finally clear that their work had paid off. The band took full advantage of their time as the headlining act, playing everything from brand new songs like “Stick ’Em Up” to tunes that normally don’t see the light of day, like “This Could Be the Last Time.”

Lead singer and guitarist Matt Reich was less talkative than he can be, if only because he seemed determined to put on as much of a show as he could. If he wasn’t throwing his tambourine in the crowd during songs, he was out there himself, taking full advantage of the smaller confines of  The Bowery Ballroom by putting his microphone in the face of nearly everyone in the first few rows. Bassist Luke Daniels’ harmonies helped fill the room better than a trio should be able to, something Lights Resolve has become known for. Combined with Reich’s Edge-like use of pedal effects (and sheer ability to wail on guitar) and Neal Saini’s ever-pressing drumming, Lights Resolve put on a show that most four- or five-pieces couldn’t, much to the delight of the packed house. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com