Latest I Surrender Records signee, Lincoln, has given us the second offering from his upcoming debut EP A Constant State Of Ohio today via an All Things Go premiere of “Banks”. In contrast to the frantic uptempo vibe of it’s predecessor “Smokey Eyes”, “Banks” delivers it’s message over a dynamic soundscape that travels from palm-muted guitars and hushed vocals to accented piano leads and 90’s alt-rock arrangements. It all culminates in a wall-of-sound refrain that vividly paints an emotional tug-of-war perfectly captured in the lyric “I don’t think that I would exactly call it love, but it’s dripping down my consciousness as you’re slipping down my lungs”. With his first two singles, Lincoln has planted himself firmly in position to carry the torch of great indie rock songwriters in the vein of Jeff Magnum or Max Bemis; delivering sardonic, teenage angst through a scope of intelligent, biting lyrics and thoughtful songwriting. A Constant State Of Ohio is due out January 27th, but it can be preordered now for both the digital format and on limited-run vinyl.
Hailing from Cincinnati, Lincoln first caught the ear of his now label, I Surrender Records, when Sam Means, previously of The Format, tweeted a link to a YouTube cover Lincoln had done of one their songs. On his debut EP A Constant State of Ohio, which was produced by Brett Romnes (I Am The Avalanche), we get a chance to peer into the pure honesty and quirky juxtaposition of self-awareness and outward teenage rebellion that comes across as something you’ve never heard before.