The blissful simplicity of The Speedlights’ “I’m Still Waiting” grabbed my attention within the first few seconds of hearing the guitars playing palm mutes and strained chords. I was elated to hear the pure, unmolested reverberations of jangly clean guitars and naturally overdriven amps accompanied by an unpretentious rhythm section.
The lead singer/guitarist Dwayne Ray projects loud, forceful, and wonderfully unpolished vocals which tell the story of a man who wants a woman, but just can’t seem to get the timing right. The story is told with brief-but-catchy verses that charge forcefully into the loud, group anthem-like chorus. “I’m Still Waiting” delivers exactly what you want from a self-proclaimed “Power Pop’n’Roll” Band: a rhythm you can move to, a melody that sticks in your head, and a chorus so catchy you’ll want to scream right along. It’s that always-refreshing reminder that sometimes in music, the old saying “less is more” is incredibly accurate. Don’t overthink the song; just put it on, turn it up, and sing out loud.
One of my biggest peeves with bands is when they record something that could never be recreated live. Watching a show and feeling like something is missing is always such a bummer. Thankfully, The Speedlights have a sound that, due to a lack of over-processing and unnecessary effects, is truthful; it’s a sound I’m confident will not only sound just as good live as it does recorded, but will more than likely be improved by the energy of an audience that’s dancing and singing.
“I’m Still Waiting” is just one of the two tracks pre-released from the bands upcoming self-titled EP. This week, they’ll be releasing one new track each day, leading up to their debut show at Dan's Silver Leaf in Denton, TX. So give the songs a listen, buy the EP, and go sing your ass off at their show this weekend!