"Bright Lights, Bright Lights!" (BFW; 2016)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Okay, this is going to sound weird. But Broken Factory Windows, on "Bright Lights, Bright Lights!," reminds me of a modern metal version of the Dropkick Murphys.

Now that I've written that, it doesn't seem so weird after all. And it's a compliment, by the way, as I am a huge Dropkick Murphys fan. I'm listening to "Bright Lights, Bright Lights!" for the second time through as I'm writing this and the Dropkick Murphys influence is clearly there but the band does something different, something even edgier than the Dropkick dudes, that makes the music even heavier. Take Track 6, "Psychos in Love," for example, with its kickass, punk rock guitar. If that song doesn't get your blood pumping, nothing will. And I love Track 7, "Speak Less," too, with its unique soundscape.

Another website describes Broken Factory Windows as "punk/post-hardcore" and that's probably a better description than mine (but you know how I hate labels). The songs here are fast-paced and furious, with driving guitars, pounding drums and throbbing bass, and the guitar solos come in at just the right time to keep things moving along. The vocals are in-your-face and fit each track perfectly and the way the band merges the rough lead vocals with smoother background choruses only enhances the overall listening experience.

Thanks to Broken Factory Windows for sending this CD along for review. This is one of the best things about writing reviews for, finding awesome bands that we might never have heard otherwise.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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