Single Review: Debacle – Flashing Lights

Debacle are a New York City based seven piece outfit made up of Dan Gardner on Guitar, Brendon Gardner on Bass, Andrew Marden on Keyboard, Zach Cubias on Trumpet, Alan Norton on Trombone, Dylan Balsamo on Vocals and Marc Norton on Drums. Debacle originally emerged as a group of friends in the New Jersey Ska-Punk scene, but have since broadened and shifted their genre, allowing for a free flow of creativity and passion that informs all of their music. Today, I will be reviewing their single ‘Flashing Lights’ which was released on October 16th 2022.

‘Flashing Lights’ opens up with some fun, light vocal runs that merge with a jaunty melody that fleshes out as the track continues. I really like Dylan’s voice, it’s sharp and melodic, with enough range to meet both highs and lows. I like the energy of this track, the peaks and falls, the fast and slow, it’s a nice, well balanced track that’s really catchy and sticks in your head. I like how subtle the percussion is at times, people often think of drums as powerful, and imposing, but sometimes like this they can be used to create a nice audio texture and beat, without being overpowering. This especially true since despite the moments of high energy and heavier melodies woven throughout, it’s got its softer and slower moments which all work together to create a really nice overall performance. I doubt I’ll get the chance any time soon but I’d love to hear these guys live, as they have a raw energy and magnetism as performers that would really raise the roof in person. That being said, they didn’t pull any punches with this recording, and I look forward to more from the group. 

So that’s what I thought of Debacle’s single ‘Flashing Lights’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Spotify. While you’re at it, make sure and show your support for the band, and keep up to date with their latest goings on, by checking out their website and by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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