Signals Midwest is a Punk/Indie band from Cleveland, OH. This a band that shows an innately powerful chemistry together… with this album being the next step in their more complex form of Pop-Punk. With every track fromÂ Latitudes and Longitudes came something newly invigorating for the album. Whether it be an anthemic moment, Max Stern’s romantic eloquence, or the overall musicianship shown… I don’t imagine this album will prove to be any less episodic or hauntingly powerful than it’s predecessor. With these dudes, I expect yet another heavily faceted release full of details that a true fan can indulge in with each and every listen; always finding a new reason to love it.
Okay so now to explain these Variants!!…
125 “Sludge” (White w/ Green + Black Starburst) SOLD OUT
175 “Light” (Opaque Orange)
200 “Lake” (Opaque Navy Blue)
“Latitudes And Longitudes” Second Pressing:
105 White / Blue Starburst (Splatter)
120 Opaque Cobalt Blue
130 Opaque Leaf Green
145 Opaque White
Signals Midwest "Light On The Lake" LP Pre-Order TE125
* Will ship around the 10/22 release date.
* First 100 "Light On The Lake" physical pre-orders will receive the limited print.
Those who really understand punk-rock know it is as intellectual as it is intense, seeking to express a range of emotions in addition to mere aggression. Itâs for this very reason that Light on the Lake, the third full-length by Cleveland's Signals Midwest, represents the art form so effectively.
In many ways, the record is the self-portrait of singer and guitarist Max Stern, painted during a transitional, tumultuous time in his life. From this turmoil, though, Stern created moving and dynamic art. âIn the Pausesâ captures the pain of an on- and off-again relationship when it never quite coalesces. Steve Gibsonâs drums plod during its intro as guitars gnash angrily around them, but the song ends with one of the recordâs most beautiful momentsâstarting with a distant, resonating guitar on which spectral notes collapse in an almost-orchestral swoon, and rising into a display of explosive chords, strummed by Stern and guitarist Jeff Russell.
The dynamic melodies that make up Light on the Lake match Stern's narrative knack throughout the record. The frail but sparkling riff at the beginning of "St. Vincent Charity" darkens almost immediately as the speaker learns of a friend's hospital admission, and the antsy, hyper mood on "A Room Once Called Yours", paired with Stern's frustrated roar, conveys the stress of adjusting to real life after weeks of touring. Despite its discouraging opening image, "A Glowing Light, an Impending Dawn" concludes the record with a hopeful sense of closure; set to a sudden and determined rhythm, stirred up by Loren Shumaker's drilling bass, Stern promises a deteriorating friend, "I will become a monument to what was once lost / [âŚ] Hereâs to carrying on with the weight of a ghost in your wake".
With thematic metaphors that repeat throughout the recordâparticularly the images of light leading one out of darkness and the dramatic transition from coastline to oceanâLight on the Lake is as literary as any canonical novel, as meaningful as any modern painting, and as punk-rock as it comes.
In The Pauses
A Room Once Called Yours
St. Vincent Charity
The Desert To Denver
An Echo, A Strain
The Things That Keep Us Whole
A Glowing Light, An Impending Dawn
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive