W. C. Lindsay is a duality. Chill/Rage. Hip-Hop/Punk.
Electronic/Acoustic. Progressive/Reminiscent. Two very different
halves to make up a unique whole. Understand the dichotomy- embrace
it, and then we can begin.
“Imagine the Beastie Boys watching The Breakfast Club at Warped Tour,”
notes frontman, W. C. Lindsay when asked to describe what the band
sounds like. And it’s a perfectly apt description; a potent blend of
hip hop aesthetics and 80’s synth, all cohesively tied together with
energetic punk sensibilities, not to mention one hell of a party
The Philly based three-piece are set to drop their sophomore album,
“Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions.” Due April 2014, the band have
teamed up with Modern Baseball guitarist and vocalist, Brendan Lukens
and will be releasing the record via his charity label project, Big
Footprints Records. With a penchant for storytelling and a chaotic
live show fit for a stadium performance, the release is a natural
follow up to the, “Hardly Youth, Hardly You,” EP in 2012, which drew
attention from tastemaking outlets like Property of Zack, WXPN’s The
Key, Philadelphia Weekly and The Deli Philly.
Having first fallen in love with electronic music in the summer of
2002 after getting his hands on an English Grime Record, frontman, W.
C. Lindsay tried to relay his excitement for this new found genre back
to his friends, all of whom were too busy listening to pop punk and
circling in mosh pits at the time to take notice. And so the diverse
dichotomy of W. C. Lindsay, the band, began to take shape, as Lindsay
grew up listening to electronic and hip-hop music, he spent his
weekends and summers being raised on the live performance aesthetic of
punk, exposed to frontmen who were down in the crowd, screaming their
hearts out. After relocating from Ohio to Philadelphia in 2010, armed
with an eagerness to give his songs life on stage, Lindsay was joined
by bassist, George Legatos and drummer, Richie Straub, and the
Philadelphia three piece have since gone on to support the likes of
B.o.B, Major Lazer, J Boog, and Twenty One Pilots.
The first single from the album, “Kids These Days,” is an exuberant
nod to the boys’ party attitude and lust for life - a perfect
precursor and opening to the youthful portion of, “Easy Victim,
Charitable Deceptions.” With infectious synths and an anthemic chorus,
the track harnesses the quick wit and fast paced lyrical stylings
you’d hear on any contemporary hip hop track, perfectly encapsulating
the bands diverse influences.
The band, who are no strangers to contradicting art forms, (after all,
that’s how their sound came about), have woven a lyrical story of
opposites into their new release. Broken into two halves, as the
title, “Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions,” suggests, the album tells
a story of juxtaposition that unfolds throughout each track. Lindsay
explains, “The “Easy Victim” half is all about having that fiery angst
of youth, and living with no regrets and no reverence for the future,
but all the while wishing you could grow up faster. When you’re young,
you do everything in your power to grow faster. The “Charitable
Deceptions” portion, is how you feel when you look back on the first
part of your life from a mature standpoint. You’re at that age you so
endlessly longed for, and you aren’t satisfied.”
Drawing inspiration from everything to the stories told by 90’s teen
movies and television shows, to the literary work of Gabriel Garcia
Marquez, “Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions” is a mature record
reflecting on a time when you probably weren’t so mature, and that’s
something we can all relate to.