If I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life, I’d choose to listen to Lydia. The three-piece indie rock band from Phoenix, AZ, comprised of Leighton Antelman, Matt Keller, and Justin Camacho, has grown immensely since the start of the band in 2003. Although they’ve let go of and brought in new members over the years, and at one point, almost broke up, one thing remained constant; the rawness and emotion in their music. I took to thinking and round up five of my favorite tracks by them (which was actually really, really hard to do), and can only hope you love these as much as I do.
This is the first song I’d ever heard from the band, and I hope it’s the first song you’ll hear as well (unless you already know it…). “The Exit” ultimately sums up, in a way, what Lydia’s music is all about. The lyrics have a way of poetically coming together to create a stunning image in your mind when you take the time to pay attention to every word. At the end of the day, everything floats effortlessly together, and you feel like you’re in a whole other world.
Dragging Your Feet In The Mud
It’s not an indie song by a band from Phoenix if there isn’t a reference to the desert, is it? “Dragging Your Feet In The Mud” is what I image a drive through the desert at sunset to sound like. There’s just something about the way the bridge effortlessly brings together the song’s keyboard, acoustic guitar, and Antelman’s distorted voice.
One More Day
This song is one from the archives – it’s from the band’s 2008 sophomore album, “Illuminate.” The entire lineup was different back then, with Antelman being the only consistent member. Right from the get go, this track is so different from Lydia’s newer, and even older music, but it’s ridiculously good. The distorted electric guitars and keyboard brings a somewhat creepy effect that makes “One More Day” sound like it belongs in a movie.
“Late Nights” is the second single off of Lydia’s latest record, “Run Wild,” and it’s the living, breathing form of nostalgia. I have no idea how I was able to feel nostalgic the first time I ever listened to this song, but it happened. The band began incorporating a lot more electronic music (not EDM, but I think you know what I mean) with acoustic instruments in “Run Wild,” and it produces an airy sound that makes you want to drive to nowhere at twelve in the morning.
In 2012, Lydia announced an “Acoustics ’12” EP that would be sold physically on tour… until they digitalized it. “Hailey” is the last track on the EP and my personal favorite because of how much more raw and melancholic it is compared to the original. Adding to that, Antelman once revealed in an interview that the song is about the time he landed in the hospital while on tour, and almost didn’t make it out.
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