Brooklyn rock outfit The Mystery Lights are set to release their second studio album, Too Much Tension! (out on May 10 via Daptone’s rock subsidiary, Wick Records), the follow-up to their 2016 self-titled debut LP.
The band stopped by the Paste Studio in New York City to perform four tracks from their forthcoming album—”I’m So Tired (of Living in the City),” “Someone Else is in Control,” “Watching the News, Gives Me the Blues” and “Traces.” On “I’m So Tired (of Living in the City),” they mesh starkly scintillating synths, classic punk-pop guitars and wired lead vocals. It’s the perfect rock ‘n’ roll collision of peppy and creepy—throw this track on at a birthday party at a swamp at dusk. “Someone Else is in Control” exudes a punky paranoia, “Watching the News, Gives Me the Blues” slowly lurks with swagger and “Traces” is squawky surf at its best.
In between songs, frontman Mike Brandon talks about various guitar mishaps—accidentally bashing his face with his own guitar and snapping the very first guitar he ever bought during a show in France—and the band’s graduation to bigger venues.
Watch The Mystery Lights’ full Paste Studio session below. Click here to preorder Too Much Tension!, and catch them on a cross-country tour with Future Punx in June.