July 13, 2013

Staff Pick:

Every so often here at Repo we like to pick one record that we can all agree on as being the one thing we can't stop listening to. The one we pick today is...

Lantern - Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach
(Sophomore Lounge)

The title of Philadelphia-based Lantern's new album isn't just a fun, alliterative phrase-- it's a satisfyingly self-aware critique as well. Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach is just that: a sort of abstract skeleton of "rock 'n' roll," onto which we can all project what we most like to see in rock music. In using many of rock's most recognizable musical signifiers (like "Evil Eye"s "Lust For Life" beat) and lyrical mainstays (the mojo hand, "She's A Rebel"), Lantern is able to make music that is so obviously and straightforwardly rock 'n' roll that it sounds both instantly familiar and impossible to pin down. It's rare to see a band so single-mindedly focused on genre. And the result would almost be pastiche if Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach didn't actually rock so damn hard. We have copies available in the store right now! Come on out and grab one while you can - they are limited to 500 pressings!