This week, Travis Love Benson will be wrapping up their “Lil’ Love Tour 2017” with shows on Wednesday April 5, at The Meatlocker in Montclair, and Thursday April 6, at Clifton’s Clash Bar NPR Benefit show, giving you two, count ‘em, two chances to check them out. The anti-folk, folk-punk Travis Love Benson released the EP From Butterflies to Moths (FBtM) on March 25, featuring a mix of original recordings as well as covers of Yo! The Moon! and Girlpool.
Travis Love Benson has a very light and euphoric sound with delicate vocals, but juxtaposes that tone with dark, fucked up subject matter. “Draggin’ Me Down” sounds like a song you’d learn at a Christian youth group summer camp until you notice the repeated lyrics are “I wish I were dead/ Oh, I wish I were dead.” The penultimate track, “I Have Dreams,” is a light-hearted campfire sing-along, only those lyrics are “I have dreams my parents die and leave me alone/ I have dreams where I’m having a heart attack and die unknown.” Of course, this contrast is perfect for those of us who prefer to hide behind a smile while burying our feelings and depression way, way, way, way down inside, insisting to those around us that “I’m Not Blue.”
While you can download a copy of From Butterflies to Moths on Bandcamp, you should also be warned that you are not excused from coming out and turning up for either of the final two shows of the “Lil’ Love Tour.” Have some fun, spread some love, support your local artists and spaces.
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