Streetlight Manifesto “The Hands That Thieve” Album Review
Streetlight Manifesto, a uniquely amazing ska-punk band with origins in New Jersey, will finally be releasing their long-awaited album The Hands That Thieve on April 30, 2013.
For those who do not know about Streetlight, go appreciate this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SOqenYis1iQ; then listen to a few of my personal favorites, “Point/Counterpoint,” “Somewhere In Between,” and “A Better Place, A Better Time.”
For those who are already aware of this beautiful band, you shall not be disappointed by their latest release. It’s classic Streetlight Manifesto. Vocals and horns, as always, are raw and fantastic. The album straight through is great, there’s no break for uninteresting songs.
The opening song, “The Three Of Us,” contains good horn melodies throughout; I particularly enjoyed the counter lines in the middle of the song. The bass groove and intro to the next song, “Ungrateful,” was great. The drums and bass sound really nice too. “The Littlest Things” contains really good vocals and lyrics dropping into horn melodies/solos. Bass harmonics are solid as well. “With Any Sort Of Certainty” uses trumpet in unison with vocals fantastically; a percussion breakdown around four minutes, although a small detail to the song, works greatly. I loved the acoustic guitar intro to “If Only For The Memories,” and overall, this song is sweet. Trombone glissandos, epic lyrics, and dubbed horn parts all work together beautifully; this one might be my favorite. “Oh Me, Oh My” contains a nice trumpet counter line; I would have liked more horns throughout the song, but it’s still a quality one. “Your Day Will Come” was a nice choice to end the album with. The horn/sax melodies in it are just unbeatable.
According to the band’s Facebook page, Streetlight has decided that their upcoming “The End Of The Beginning Tour” will be the last large tour they plan on playing for a long time. Dates can be found on the band’s website and concerts will be held in both Europe and America. This may be one of your last opportunities to experience Streetlight on tour, so if they’re stopping near you, make sure to check it out!
Don’t fret friends, this in no way means we have seen the last of this amazing band. In fact, Streetlight has promised the band will continue to create music independently now that their contract with Victory Records has concluded. That means we can all relax, listen to The Hands That Thieve, and wait patiently for whatever’s coming next.
Apr 26 – France – Glazart
Apr 29 – Munich – Backstage Club
Apr 30 – Stuttgart – Universum
May 1 – Cologne – Luxor
May 18 – Freehold, NJ – The Plaza Green at iPlay Americana
May 23 – Manchester – NQ Live
May 24 – Glasgow – The Cathouse
May 28 – Bristol – The Fleece
May 29 – Southampton – The Cube
Jun 18 – Haven, CT – Toads Place
Jun 19 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Jun 20 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Jun 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
Jun 22 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Jun 23 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
Jun 24 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Jun 25 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre
Jun 26 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
Jun 28 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory Concert House
Jun 29 – Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Jun 30 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
Jul 1 – Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
Jul 3 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Jul 6 – Rock, AR – The Rev Room
Jul 7 – Nashville, TN – The Exit / In
Jul 9 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
Jul 10 – Springfield, VA – Empire
Jul 11 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Jul 12 – Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
Jul 13 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel