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:; 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.

-Kanitta K.

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

One response to “Streetlight Manifesto “The Hands That Thieve” Album Review

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