Released ahead of their upcoming Music Farm show, Stop Light Observations’ newest single, “2young,” blends childhood nostalgia with 2018’s feelings of frenzy and confusion. Not only will listeners be replaying the song’s catchy hook in their head, but the imagery will become a supercut on repeat.
“I saw a kitty-cat chase a psychedelic rat,” lead vocalist Will Blackburn sings ominously during the first chorus. The lyrics progress through watching “1992 cartoons” and the news, until finally Blackburn belts “I think we’re all about to die.” This bleak statement dissolves into one of Stop Light’s most vibrant instrumentals, driving any listener to sing along to the conclusive hook: “I guess I’m gonna die too young.”
When asked about the nature of this new single, the band states that they believe they “found something really special. A song that combines [their] favorite era of music with [their] favorite music together.” Surely, this only further proves that Stop Light knows how to explore their sound while still staying true to who they are. When Stop Light’s members come together on a song, “a certain reaction happens that makes the songs have that SLO thing,” they say.
The band is no stranger to the stage, but all of their recent time on the road has taught them how to “cut out the fat and flow the entirety of the set with more fluidity,” in their own words. Veterans of their hometown shows can expect “new songs” and a “tighter set,” as well as “a couple surprises.” Any Charlestonian on the fence about attending their first Stop Light show should know that if they take a leap of faith, they will not be dissapointed.
Stop Light’s connection with their audience that first hooked Charlestonians continues to spread far and wide. Their songs cover a range of topics, from casual love songs to “friends that are not here” anymore. What have they learned from exploring these topics with their fans? “So much. Always learning, living, growing, and dying. Everyone is,” they say. “[It is] a constant path of lost and found. Our music is the journal of that journey and our fans are like it’s characters.”
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