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Lightninging: Communal Trading for Better Music.

April 2, 2012

Text by Chesney Davis. Images by Seth Klinger.

Philadelphia-based rock band Lightninging has steadily grown a dedicated following in the roughly three years that the five-member outfit has been together. David Pope, Mark Cruttenden, Greg O’Neill, Greg Foran and Matthew Williams are a mix of hometown, college buddies and bandmates from other bands. The group makes fun, guitar-heavy pop music.

With true DIY beginnings, Lightninging began performing when the five members threw performance parties in the dodgy house they shared together in Fishtown. On their self-built stage, they performed for their friends, a not-so-modest 150 people at times.

Soon after, Lightninging began racking up performances in venues like North Star Bar, Kung Fu Necktie and Club Egypt. In February, they released a record, Like A Kid Would Say.

As their 6-track album shows, you can never expect the same thing from the rock and roll quintet whose members all sing lead at times, lending their own style and sound to every track. They switch instruments as much as they do singers, all in an effort to prevent producing the same stale sound.

On Like a Kid Would Say, this mode of “communal trading” as the band calls it, result in a collection of boisterous, yet emotional songs, impressive harmonies and wicked trashing like any fine Philly band should.

Their next show is at Milkboy on April 19 with Fang Island. See here for details.

Download Lightnging’s Like a Kid Would Say for free here:


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