The Lightness of Being is a promising traditional/progressive/hard rock band I discovered about a year ago with their powerful song, Last Dance. Now, they are back with another single release, Can’t Stay, which was released not long ago in 2020. The band is actively making music since 2014. They have started their careers with an EP album, Directions (2014), took some time off, continued with another EP, Diversions (2018), and released five more singles, Stay (2019), Last Dance (2019), Sleight of Hand (2019), Red Summer (2020), and Can’t Keep (2020). Now, please give it a listen while reading the rest of the article.
The Lightness of Being is a powerful quartet, making music only for respect without having any expectations in return, which is admirable. You can easily feel the maturity in everything that belongs to The Lightness of Being, such as their band image, pictures, lyrics, career, and music. You might disagree with me in this, but they remind me of Tool with their musical ideas most of the time. I personally listened to many of their songs over the last year and always had positive things about them in my mind. For instance, I love the way they show their progressive side in their music. Almost all of their songs have a live performance vibe, which creates a delightful vibe for people like me who grew up listening to records and watching MTV.
As we all know, we live in an era where there’s a big gap; in other words, a disconnection between generations. I don’t consider myself as an old generation or something, yet we have the values that we still owe to teach and explain to the new generations, especially about music. Can’t Keep is an easy-going song with powerful dynamics and energy level. The band has decided to keep everything as simple as possible while focusing more on the overall energy and groove. The legendary Motorhead used to do this and conquered the world with their way of making music back in time. Yes, The Lightness of Being has stuff in common with Motorhead in this, as well as many other traditional rockers. However, I don’t think they follow anybody’s path or copying anyone’s style while doing it, which is admirable. I asked them about their influences on the interview below, and the diversity of them (top 5 albums influenced The Lightness of Being’s music) made me happy, to be honest. To be clearer with you, I believe in the collective energy, and The Lightness of Being is a perfect example of it. Sometimes that’s all, and that’s more than enough. In this matter, The Lightness of Being is a band that I have been following for some time. I learned some stuff from them through this time, and I am grateful for that. They periodically release new songs, never letting themselves down about anything else, doing what they love doing in life while having other commitments just like I do. And most importantly, they don’t let anyone or anything affect their pure excitement for making music.