Hit The Lights
Coast to Coast (EP)


2.0
poor

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
June 24th, 2009 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: already been heard, already been forgotten

Hit the Lights are part of the new wave of annoyingly inoffensive pop-punk bands that have been showing up on teeny-bopper's iPods as of late. While they present nothing to distinguish themselves from the hordes of sound-a-likes that have worked their ways to a record deal by courting the AP.net crowd, their catalog of releases, 2006's This is a Stick Up... Don't Make it a Murder and last year's Skip School, Start Fights, though derivative and unimaginative, were kinda fun for what they were. So just in time for the summer of 2009, Hit the Lights have released the Coast to Coast EP. Fans of the band will probably be welcoming this material with open arms, but for the rest of us the main question is why? Consisting of two new songs, two acoustic versions of older tracks, and two covers, the Coast to Coast EP is a stop-gap release for a band that in all reality only needs this release to keep up the hype created by last year's release lest they be replaced by the new flavor of the week.

The two new songs start off the EP. The album's title track is Hit the Light's at their best, a high energy romp born from their touring experiences with such cliche but likable lines as "looking back on the past year we've come up and faced the clubs, the dirty pubs, and we didn't care/ we live for tears, sweat and blood. It's the scars that make us we leave them open, we've got the guts to show it." Sure, it's been done a million times before, but it still sounds good. Unfortunately the rest of the EP is a mess. The two covers, Elliott's "Drive Onto Me" and Further Seems Forever's "Snowbirds and Townies", just end up losing their original charm and falling flat. Especially "Snowbirds", as the generic as hell approach to the song just ends up digging it's own grave. Coast to Coast closes out with two acoustic renditions of fan favorites from earlier albums, because we all know how much thirteen year old girls dig the slowdance songs. If you don't fall into that category, chances are you'll be just as bored with the tepid attempts at balladry as I am.

When it all boils down to it, Coast to Coast is an extraneous release from a band that has the whole cookie-cutter pop-punk sound down to a tee. With the exception of the title track, the entire EP reeks of a bad case of already been heard, already been forgotten.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2009


17225 Comments


boooring.

AndyRictor2000
June 24th 2009


146 Comments


Def. a shame to hear this is what has happened to HTL. 'This is a stick up' was such an enjoyable listen.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 24th 2009


3777 Comments


Yeah, sounds about right.

ToWhatEnd
June 24th 2009


3172 Comments


Def. a shame to hear this is what has happened to HTL. 'This is a stick up' was such an enjoyable listen. This. Their live show is rather boring and monotonous now too. A classic example of how plenty of good back-up vocalists don't make for good lead vocalists. Oh well, at least they are nice guys.

accompliceofmydeath
June 24th 2009


4297 Comments


I'll still check these guys out at Warped although this is disappointing.

Digging: Weekend Nachos - Unforgivable

SpinLightTwo
June 24th 2009


1043 Comments


it's not surprising that this sucks after hearing their last album.

rasputin
August 1st 2009


14555 Comments


HIT
THE
LIGHTS
DN DN DN DN DN
HIT
THE
LIGHTS
DN DN DN DN DN

parmmmm
September 3rd 2009


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't know what you guys are listening to, especially Mr. Adam Thomas over here. No one reads your stupid reviews and actually decides not to listen to the album.

First off, you probably listened to the 6 songs one time only. If you don't know the songs, then there is nothing to positive to say about them.

Secondly, you haven't seen them live. They get the crowd so pumped and they show so much energy in their music.

Third, the song Coast to Coast is a song to the fans thanking them for the support that the fans (including myself) gave them during the time that their former lead singer left when everyone thought they were just going to fall over the edge and break apart. Why would you mock the lyrics that they poured their heart into!?

This review means nothing to me and I'm sure it means nothing to all the other Hit the Lights' fans out there too (I know you guys are with me).

So listen Mr. Contributor, Adam Thomas, you review the music that you enjoy listening to. I don't see you getting a band and making it big like all the bands you guys give bad reviews to first. So when you make better music than them, then you can make negative reviews..

Thank you.

Knott-
Emeritus
September 3rd 2009


10198 Comments


LOLZ

I don't see you getting a band and making it big


F**k off what a stupid thing to say.

accompliceofmydeath
September 3rd 2009


4297 Comments


Yeah, Mr. Contributor. lol

parmmmm
September 5th 2009


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How is that a stupid thing to say? Is it because you know I'm right? All you wanna-be critics think you can do it better? Then go f**king do it! Don't sit at your computer desks and write reviews that either no one reads, or just laughs at what you have to say.

This might be the worst music website I've ever been on because none of you chodes have anything good to say. I'll make sure I stay far away from this website and keep as much people as I can to not even waste their time typing the web address into their browser.

Knott-
Emeritus
September 5th 2009


10198 Comments


Is it because you know I'm right?


no. it's because you don't have to be able to run a country to comment on how it should be run. it's because you don't have to be able to draw a person to decide if someone else's effort looks like one. it's because you don't have to be able to play football to know when a team is good.

it's because you don't have to be able to make music to know if it's any good.

none of you chodes have anything good to say.


about poor or average or generic albums.

I'll make sure I stay far away from this website


sweet.

charlesfishowitz
September 5th 2009


1794 Comments


parmmmm fuckn rules

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2009


17225 Comments


oh man i hadnt seen the lulz on this.

AtavanHalen
November 8th 2009


17927 Comments


So fucking good. I adore trolls like that.

Oh, and the review was cool

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2012


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

'Coast to Coast', the 6 track EP from Ohio outfit Hit The Lights, is a nice little combination of performing something different & showcasing what the band does best. Featuring 2 new songs, 2 covers & 2 acoustic cuts, the opening title track is the band near their most upbeat & catchy. While the covers aren't perfect, they interestingly take the quintet out of their comfort zone to something a little more moody. Hell, even the acoustic versions of older tunes feature some experimenting with female vocals & a mini mash-up. All in all, it makes for a worthwhile release. Recommended Tracks: Make a Run For It/The Call Out (Acoustic) & Coast to Coast.



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