Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. We’re taking you on a trip in our time machine back to the swinging sixties; actually it’s not us at the wheel but Los Angeles indie pop band The Rebel Light. This is a trio comprising of two brothers and a cousin that has fully embraced what it means to be DIY independent artists. They produce and engineer all their music “recording vocals in a bathroom and the drums in a woodshed.” When they submitted their song ‘Strangers’, they said they had recorded and produced it in their “humble little shack of a studio”. I guess they really meant it.
As the song spilled from my speakers I was reminded of long road trips as a kid in my dad’s Peugeot with Abba in the stereo. Everything about Strangers, from the way the swinging drum beat accompanied by handclaps to the hollow bass and the glowing keyboard touches offer fodder for reminiscing. The Rebel Light have even got the backing vocals spot on, the way they sounded sleepy and carefree in records from the 60s and 70s. If a snapshot of a lazy summer weekend on a California beach back when bangs and bell-bottoms were the rage could be set to music, it would sound like Strangers. At least that’s what this writer imagines, prompted by the accurately portrayed video. What feelings does this song elicit for you, honorable reader? Hate it or Love it?
Miami Based, Internationally Known