[Song] Lightfoils – Sympathy Lies

Bandcamp is one of the greatest music services the internet has ever wrought. Other than an easy and beneficial way for small bands to open up a storefront, it’s also a handy resource for discovering new music. In Bandcamp Notables, we engage in the time-honored blogging practice of spotlighting songs we found while exploring the site.


Is it still shoegaze if the song is full of kinetic energy? Can you gaze at your shoes while grooving to the bass? These are the questions I asked myself while listening to Lightfoils and their self-titled EP from Saint Marie Records.

Lightfoils is a 5 piece Chicago band that does a stand out job of creating very physical music; a song like “Sympathy Lies” feels like standing in a wind tunnel. The lock-step rhythm section give songs a nearly epic determination, while the ethereal guitar work and atmospheric vocals make sure it’s pretty while it blows by.

Supposedly they’re supposed to have a proper studio album in 2013, but it appears nothing has materialized yet. The band is definitely still active and they’ve still got a couple months left in the year, so maybe something will materialize. Until then, their EP is a great sampler platter and I’m excited to see what they’ll do outside of these bite-sized chunks.

You can find out more about Lightfoils on Facebook.

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