LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…. The next act to take that stage was the New York-based band Lightning Bug. Fronted by lead singer, Audrey Kang, Lightning Bug’s music wasn’t what I was necessarily expecting to open up for Bully. After listening to their most recent release, A Color of the Sky (2021), I find that theirs is a sound that had me thinking more of the music of Laurel Canyon with a shoegaze-lite/alt-rock twist than Bully’s grunge/punk aesthetic.
This was my first time hearing their music, and I thought that their performance was solid. Audrey’s airy vocals kind of softly danced on top of her bandmate’s cinematic arrangement. You’d have expected her singing to get drowned out by the immense sound that backed her, but that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, I think that kudos are in order to the person manning the soundboard to make sure that the mix was on point
Their setlist consisted of mostly songs from their newest album. They played “The Return”, “The Right Thing is Hard To Do”, “The Flash”, “Song of The Bell” and “I Lie Awake”. Of the songs that they performed, I was particularly drawn to “Song of the Bell”. I liked the way that that song grooved. Its faster tempo, with the snare hitting the offbeat, and the way harmonies, crescendoed in the chorus had my heading nodding to the song.
The sonic dichotomy between Bully and Lightning Bug was quite sharp, but perhaps that was intentional. Perhaps, Alicia and company wanted to lull us into a mystic state before they shred our faces off with animated angst and vigor. If so, mission accomplished…”