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Self Help

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CX I didn't realize that I needed a disco rock band in my life, but apparently I did.
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TaCoCaT Fantastic album by some brilliant OG D.C. punk rockers. Wanna rock out & get some dancing in? LIGHT BEAMS got you covered! Favorite track: Light Beams Theme.
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ZZG Self Help is stuffed full of catchy, positive songs that don't condescend to the listener. "It's Been A Minute" is an infectious, complex song about offering help to a drug addict while still respecting their agency, but these kinds of lyrical complexities are par for the course for an artist like Justin Moyer. LIGHT BEAMS reminds me of Moyer's absolutely essential work as Edie/E.D. Sedgwick, but with more of an intentionally positive lyrical focus. An excellent album. Favorite track: It's Been A Minute.
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Problem: Traditional "rock" groups try to generate excitement at live shows with loud guitars -- but, after 70 years dominating popular music, the guitar era is over and its graying progenitors, fussing about with their boutique amplifiers and eensie pedals, are in aesthetic crisis. Meanwhile, hip-hop production -- disruptive, innovative, incredibly exciting -- has already defined the 21st century, but the genre's reliance on canned backing tracks means live shows sometimes lack energy and spontaneity.

One solution: Light Beams, a D.C. trio that uses samples and a live rhythm section to write songs about staying positive. No computers. No set lists. No dudes staring at screens onstage making music that reduces you to staring at your screen offstage. Instead -- Voila! -- music that makes you move, makes you feel good and never, ever overstays its welcome.

Founded in 2015 by drummer Sam Lavine, bassist Arthur Noll, and sampler/vocalist Justin Moyer, Light Beams has risen from the ashes of D.C. bands both legendary and obscure -- and definitely too numerous to mention. "Self-Help," its first full length released on Don Giovanni records January 31, 2020, fuses its diverse influences -- abstract expressionist painting, Terminator X, 80s New York freestyle, Dischord bands, Sheila E. -- into a spicy melange of cross-genre innovention the band calls "BLOCK ROCK." Recorded at Solar Power Station, Moyer's sun-kissed studio in downtown Washington, and mixed (in yet another twist) by metal legends Brian McTernan (Battery) and Mike Schleibaum (Darkest Hour), this record dares offer listeners overstuffed on streaming services' offerings something that cannot be contained by any playlist. That is: something new.

Like Jackson Pollock, they are nature.

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released January 31, 2020

Recorded by JM at Solar Power Station.
Mixed by Brian McTernan and Mike Shleibaum at Salad Days Studio.

Sam Lavine: drums
JM: samples, vocals
Arthur Noll: bass

Design by Oliver Munday
Photo by Jati Lindsay

All songs by Light Beams ©2020
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Track Name: Renegade
Renegade style
means you've got the chance to go miles
and the wisdom to tell them "No!"
and the power to explode.
Smack the MFs who want to go too slow.
We're going to brutalize Babylon blow by blow.
And if pharaoh's falsifying we're won't tell but show:
Everybody stop now!

Fingernails on chalkboards to let them know.
Barricades and bike locks to let them know.
AK47 to let them know.

Renegade style means you've got the chance to go buckwild
and to clarify everything
and turn shit into a shining thing.
I was on the barricades when the ship came in, and I was on the barricades when it went out again.
And if pharaoh's falsifying we won't let him in:
Everybody stop now!

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