The formation of most indie bands these days always seems to be a happy accident. In the case of Lux Lisbon, this statement could not be truer. Named after the notorious Lux Lisbon from “The Virgin Suicides,” Stuart Rock (vocals, piano, synth), Charlotte Austen (vocals), Alastair Jones (guitar), Johnny Colgan (drums) and Rob D’Ath (guitar, vocals) formed the indie rock band circa 2010 after they graduated Nottingham University together and moved to London.
With the release of the Get Some Scars EP, Lux Lisbon debut the full version of 4 songs that were previously featured as snippets in promo videos for their 2011 album, Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist.
Get Some Scars opens with the dynamic single that shares the EP’s name. “Get Some Scars” is a song about living life to the fullest while you’re young. When all of the voices mesh together in between the verses, the song takes on a more gospel tone. The chorus is almost like a hymn, floating above the runaway piano tracks. The song embodies the sensation of falling down and getting back up again, a mentality we have all been encouraged to adopt at one point or another.
“Bullingdon Club” keeps the rhythm rocking, but shifts gears by utilizing more drums and guitar. This track in particular brings out more of Lux Lisbon’s rock and roll roots. “Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist” starts off slower, but gradually becomes more upbeat with wild synths and a beat that will pump up fists all across the pond. Austen gets the opportunity to showcase her vocals on the last track, “The Devil Got Me Dancing.” A sultry female voice mixed with the rest of instruments really spices up Lux Lisbon’s sound.
From what I hear, Get Some Scars doesn’t have a dent or a scratch anywhere on it. Hands down, the first track is the strongest, which sets a high standard for the rest of the EP to follow up to. Lux Lisbon might have tripped with that song placement, but the other songs match up in their own way. Hopefully the band will get back on their feet and produce a promising full-length album soon.