First Listen: Stop Light Observations

Stream a song from the band’s upcoming album Toogoodoo

There’s the sound of crickets chirping in the background of “Dinosaur Bones,” the first song from Toogoodoo (out later this year), the new album from Charleston, South Carolina, favorites, Stop Light Observations. The lonely chirping is a perfect metaphor for a song that is drenched in melancholy. Guitarist John-Keith Culbreth wrote the song at 1 a.m. after a fight with his girlfriend, shortly after the two moved in together. “After loving someone since you were 15 years old and dreaming everyday of moving into a place with them, you grow high expectations,” he says. “Living with her exposed many of my insecurities and flaws that I had gotten to hide from her all these years, and even hide from myself.” There’s loneliness at the core of “Dinosaur Bones,” but the song rises triumphantly with an anthemic middle section that leaves a feeling of fragile peace, not abandonment. It’s a promising debut from the band, who have wowed audiences throughout the South.

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