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Dipping into Local Music: ‘Hot City Nights’ by LSD

Dipping into Local Music: ‘Hot City Nights’ by LSD

Lost State of Dance performed songs from their new EP ‘Hot City Nights’ at TSOne in Middlesbrough on the 30th of June. The final act of a rather quiet ‘manic night of original live music’ was introduced as one of the ‘funnest’ bands around. And for good reason. Their music ignited the languid mood hanging over the pub’s Chesterfield sofas like morning fog — a match flicked into the dark. Vibrant notes streaming from the ensemble of synthesizers, guitars, drums and Daniel Drinkwater’s vocals electrified the sheer drizzle outside.

LSD igniting the stage at TSOne Middlesbrough on the 30th of June

LSD igniting the stage at TSOne Middlesbrough on the 30th of June

The spirit of their new EP is perfectly captured in the accompanying artwork: streets lined with palm trees, bright blue waters and cityscapes, discos, toxic nights, girls in shorts and roller-skates. And songs filled with fluctuating emotions of running out and into love. A sound image that might remind you of GTA’s Vice City meets Romeo and Juliet: bygone synthpop melodies with a tolerable amount of human emotion steaming up the electro sounds.

Listening to their music is like looking through a rear window into the 80s

Listening to their music is like looking through a rear window into the 80s

Perhaps, they cannot turn the North Eastern coast into Miami beach yet, but the Hartlepool-based band seem to have the freedom to explore a range of revolutionary sounds with each new release. A marker of talent and the ability to keep their fans on their toes, their music has developed and matured from punk rock inspired songs to a more techno pop-rock vibe. Strangely innovative, and especially noteworthy of their new EP, are the dated guitar and synth fusions, rounded off by a catchy contemporary edge.

This is indie music in the true sense of the word. Which also happen to be impossible not to dance to, especially when you hear it live. They are not called LSD for nothing.

Listen to their music on Soundcloud and check them out on Twitter and Facebook.

Come lounge on the pub's spacious sofas, enjoy a pint, admire the artwork and listen to great - and sometimes unusual - live music

Come lounge on the pub's spacious sofas, enjoy a pint, admire the artwork and listen to great - and sometimes unusual - live music

TSOne Middlesbrough regularly hosts live music events - Cat will be keeping an eye on this pub

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