Maybe Lackluster is daring music writers by naming their band as such. Would I be so cliche as to proclaim that the self-deprecating name they've chosen is accurate? Perhaps they're just trying to set a low bar?

Maybe Lackluster is daring music writers by naming their band as such. Would I be so cliche as to proclaim that the self-deprecating name they've chosen is accurate? Perhaps they're just trying to set a low bar?

The name is doing them a disservice because, other than some seriously questionable lead vocals, "Two Birds, One Stone" is a decent debut. Lackluster's got a good handle on arrangements and melody, interweaving their synths and guitars in epic fashion. When Jon Hayes bursts into falsetto asides, it adds the intended jolt.

Their main problem is Hayes' voice, which seems designed for cock rock and mostly dispenses hopelessly corny lyrics like "Be my angel." It's a bizarre and unsatisfying fit for a band in the vein of Wolf Parade, MGMT and fellow locals The Town Monster.

Speaking of The Town Monster, they'll join The Lost Revival and The Spruce Campbells in opening Lackluster's album release show Friday at Ravari.