TAT – Soho Lights

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Soho Lights - Self Released

Every year my friends and I go to a cabin for a few days and isolate ourselves from the rest of the world. We drink, swim, hang around a giant fire and just generally do nothing for three solid days; it’s rather nice. Each year I make a new mix CD for the trip, the first time was a fluke and it started a tradition. Essentially, that mix CD I make is the only music we play the entire time; while I do also make a mellow one for those hung over mornings, my main focus is that one mix CD. And me being the type of person I am, I put way too much effort into making a little mix CD for my friends and I. I spend time picking and choosing tracks, ensuring that I can fit as many tracks in as possible, that they flow from one another and that it will not only introduce my friends to great new bands but will also be tracks that all my friends like. It’s a daunting task at times, and so I keep an eye out for songs to put on the CD pretty much all year round; and I can say without a doubt that TAT‘s Road To Paradise will be making an appearance on the disc. Hell, it may even get he ever elusive honour of being the opening track (a spot that always takes the most thought) because it’s just that good.

You see, TAT is a new punk band from London, England. I heard them once describe themselves as “Joan Jett meets Green Day” and I for one couldn’t agree more. While there may be a slightly heavier emphasis of the “pop” of Green Day‘s pop-punk style, TAT deliver music that is catchy, built on a unique hook and simple all at the same time. Live for Rock has a great power chord progression that pulls in a punk77 style bridge while Here’s To You sees the bass take a front step. Then there is the vocals – the Joan Jett aspect of the band and the aspect that really makes the band stand out. They bring out the best of female pop-punk vocals, better than anything Hayley WIlliams could do but equally as accessible. Tatiana DeMaria, the vocalist, delivers her harmonies with a slight accent and a punk rock edge that gives it a sense of rebellion and fire. Plus, no matter how hard I try, I can’t spit out the lyrics as fast as she does in the bridge of Road to Paradise or I Don’t Want To (Love You).

For the most part, Soho Lights is built off catchy hooks and an unique vocal style that work together to create either a rock track or a punk track. They generally stick to an upbeat style and speed but do slow it down occasionally like they do on Sympathetic Lies. There are a few moments where the slower, rock tracks have some merit but for the most part it is those tracks that pull the record down a notch. . Amidst these aforementioned wonderful tracks, there seems to be a fair amount of filler mixed in as well; and the fillers are always the slower songs. It leaves me thinking that Soho Lights would’ve been better suited to be either a eight-song EP or a ten song LP. By eliminating a few unnecessary tracks such as Everything I Want, Taking It All, or Take You HomeTAT‘s first North American-available release would have a stronger pull to it and would be a much cohesive album.

Still Tat has impressed me and earned a coveted spot on this year’s cabin compilation. I hope to see them live someday and will definitely be pulling this CD back out to play again in the future. I’ll probably just skip the forgettable, filler tracks.