Last Thursday night at the Barn The Flashing Lights provided a musical revue that transcended time.
The Flashing Lights remain true to the sprit of 1960's British Invasion rock and soul without sounding
the least bit retro. In performance, Matt Murphy avoids coming across as a mod rock poser because
he finds the essence of the music he loves and combines it with his gift for catchy riffs and melodies. The
result of these two things is a deeply entertaining experience which is enhanced by the energy and
excitement of his band.
When they took the stage of the Barn on Thursday, the Flashing Lights filled the building with classic
rock and roll, and good vibrations. On-stage antics included Murphy balancing on a barrier and leaping
over monitors, organist, Gaven Dianda, smashing a tambourine, and an extended encore that shook the
dance floor well into the night.
Thanks to their high octane performance and finely crafted songs, The Flashing Lights did not need to
impersonate bands like The Who, or the Kinks to bridge the gap between music of the 1960's and
today. Perhaps the reason they sound like they are from another time period is because they sound
good, while the majority of their contemporaries do not.