09.08.2015 — “Alive in Dying History” by Lilac Shadows

Lilac Shadows

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Alive in Dying History” by Lilac Shadows (2015, from the album Brutalism).

Lilac Shadows is a post-punk quartet from Durham, North Carolina. I first learned about them three years ago when they played during the 2012 Hopscotch Music Festival. They’ll be playing again at this year’s Hopscotch. Every year, roughly 40% of the Hopscotch lineup is bands with local/North Carolina connections. This year, they’re playing Thursday night, which is the opening night of the festival. Their set starts at 9:00 over at King’s Barcade. At the same time, Godspeed You! Black Emperor will be in the middle of their headlining set on the outdoor main stage. The weather is supposed to be rotten this weekend, with thunderstorms predicted each night. That might make it much easier to decide whether to leave the City Plaza show in favor of the indoor stuff.

Lilac Shadows has released a couple of EPs, a split single with the Greensboro band Jenny Besetzt, and two albums. I don’t have any of these, but their new album Brutalism came out in February and has gotten a lot of praise locally. When I stumbled upon their Hopscotch show in 2012, I was blown away, so I’m really looking forward to seeing them again at this year’s festival. Even if I have to skip the second half of Godspeed.

“Alive in Dying History” by Lilac Shadows

Even though the drums are busy and decidedly NOT krautrock, there’s something about the driving, repetitive guitar lines that scream “motorik”. Other songs on the album have a different sound and feel, but this one is cold and dark. And I love it.

You can buy Brutalism via bandcamp here. Unfortunately, the limited edition vinyl is sold out, but of course you can still buy it in digital format.

For all of the different Hopscotch ticketing options, go here. Find me at some point over the weekend, and I’ll buy you a beer.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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