For those of you who frequent this blog, you are well aware of who my all-time favorite band is. Lit on the Flash. There's a reason why this is the 24th time that they have been mentioned in some way, shape or form in the brief history of this blog. A few days ago, former front man Jake Roche sent me an e-mail. In that e-mail was MP3s of a rehearsal the band recorded in late 2012. I could barely contain myself!
The final incarnation of the band, as pictured above, was Kerry Ryan, drums/backing vocals, Andrew Patterson, bass/backing vocals and Jake Roche, guitar/lead vocals. What was shared with me by Jake was recorded in late 2012, around the time that the band was doing a series of cover shows of Nirvana's Nevermind in and around southern Maine and New Hampshire. As much as I enjoyed the Nirvana tunes, they paled in comparison to the original music being put out by the guys. Now, I give to you, my faithful readers, the closest that most of you may get to a live Lit on the Flash Show.
I give to you Lit on the Flash - The Rehearsal.
Listening to these recordings takes me back to some of the coolest live shows I've ever been to. This is the reason I spent a year and half following these guys all over the place. I can't begin to count the miles driven from Bangor, Maine all the way down to New Hampshire and points in between. I strongly believe that at the time of their breakup, they were at the absolute top of their game. There was no other band in the music industry, indie or mainstream, that was producing music on the level that Lit on the Flash was. Keep in mind, this was a three piece indie band from Wells, Maine putting their hearts and souls into their music on a indie budget in the truest sense. And I would take them 10 times out of 10 over anything on the radio today. To call them original would be understating the impact they were making on music. If only we could have figured out how to get their music out to more of you, maybe things would have gone differently. Who knows.
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