Sound Tracks: "Racing to Shimmering Lights" by the Meligrove Band
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Sound Tracks: “Racing to Shimmering Lights” by the Meligrove Band

Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them.

It’s been four years since the Meligrove Band lit up our indie pop lives with their underrated album Planets Conspire, one that sort of got trampled in the pretty fast rise and fall of major record label V2 right around the time of its release. The band sort of disappeared for a while, but just recently they’ve returned with Shimmering Lights, another collection of jangly, angled rock songs reminiscent of Halifax’s indie heydey. This is a good thing.
It’s maybe no surprise then that drummer/vocalist Darcy Rego is wearing a Thrush Hermit shirt (though one from the recent reunion tour, natch) in their new video for “Racing to Shimmering Lights,” a clip not wholly unlike the Hermit’s quick-n-cheap “French Inhale” video. Shot, directed, and edited by Mike Perdue, it’s your standard green screen/light show affair, creating a visual that is cuter than the actual song, which gets really great at exactly half way through. Just look at these guys, old childhood pals, still having so much fun. “Racing to Shimmering Lights” is a pretty good idea of what you’re going to get from the rest of the self-made new album: less of the keys and horns heard last time around and a lot less space—think tightly wound and, at their best, explosively dynamic.
As the band continues their ambitious North American tour, bassist Mike Small fills us in on some recent woes. “The dealership who sold us our bus certified it with rotted-out brake lines, so we had to take it back, they dragged their heels on fixing the problem, and now we’re starting with our US dates instead, while asking many different gods to send locusts.” As long as their ride doesn’t go bust, Meligrove Band will be back in town for their CD release show on November 12 at the Great Hall.

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