The sad thing about ideas is that people have almost certainly had them before you – especially names. Duck Tapes, unsurprisingly, is an enterprise that some lucky souls had taken out long before this blog starting putting out the odd one-off cassette for charity. On first looks, Mafia Lights look to be a band who have suffered the ignominy of having their name used by another, worse band before they manage to claim it themselves. With a last.fm claiming to the band to be ‘british post-punk revival’, the charming backwards lullaby that is their song ‘Charlotte’ seems to almost come from another galaxy, where lads don’t exist and a guitar is just another instrument.
Bizarrely, though, it seems that the two ends somehow meet in the middle, the ghostly brilliance somehow interlinked with a kind of more honesty, gritty, mundane indie pop. It’s normal for a band to progress, but it seems that Mafia Lights have done it at a rate of knots, going from the humdrum to a kind of weird almost Former Ghosts infused synthpop in the space of about 5 soundcloud tracks and 6 months. When they’re good – like most recent effort, Hampton, they’re mesmerising, but when they’re bad – well, let’s just say last summer must have been a very dull time for the band.
Mafia Lights – Hampton