Aputumpu presents BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Denitia & Sene / Conveyor/ Osekre & The Lucky Bastards/ Lightouts
Friday, 7/26 @ Shea Stadium
20 Meadow St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
LIGHTOUTS | TWINSMITH | LAST GOOD TOOTH | THE SOUNDS THAT MACHINES MAKE
Friday, 7/19 @ Piano’s
158 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
LIGHTOUTS / LONG MILES / MERCURY LANDING / D’SIMONE / ALEXCALIBUR
Friday, 5/3 @ Arlene’s Grocery
95 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002
It’s finally here! Yesterday marks the release of our 5th single, The Big Picture. The a-side was premiered by The Music Ninja, who called it, “a pop monster which combines the melodies and bounce of electro with the grit of rock to create something very special.” TMN continued the flattery by closing the post with, “Definitely a band to look out for, Lightouts have the potential to be massive. Stay tuned for more from them.” Cheers to that!
This is the second single featuring the drumming of Josh Fleischmann, who we’re proud to say is now our permanent drummer. We also have a fantastic new bass player, Dean Perry, who has played some shows with us but has yet to make his recording debut with us. Look out for that to happen very soon… So yes, it’s official, Lightouts is no longer a duo.
The new single also features the mixing and mastering of Andy Altmann, whom we’ve been working with for all of our releases. As always, Andy’s mix rocks and is made to be played LOUD. The original b-side, “Stray Boy,” is a mix of punky rhythms bookended by some psych swirl. Filter Magazine had the premiere on that one. The cover tune on this single is by none other than The Cure, whom a certain guitar player in our band happens to like just a little bit (little bit meaning he used to dress up like Robert Smith in 8th grade). The song is called “Push” and is a deep cut from 1985’s Head On The Door. Impose debuted the song for us and The Vinyl District chose it as their single of the week.
For New York area folks, our next show will be as a part of the inaugural CBGB Festival on July 5th at the Highline Ballroom.
We’ve got some big news to share this fine March evening, namely the fact that we are 7 days away from our first official SXSW performance in Austin. We were accepted as an officially showcasing band a few weeks ago and we’re pretty pumped. It’s been a childhood dream to play SXSW for both of us and the fact that we had to wait til we were in our 30’s makes it that much sweeter. We’ll be playing on the main strip at 9:00 on Wednesday 3/14. If you’re in Austin, come out!
Yesterday we were thrown into the ring for local New York music magazine The Deli’s Artist Of The Month contest. At stake is some nice recording gear and studio time, so please take a minute and cast a vote for us. You can only vote once per IP address, but that means you can do one at work, one at home, and one from your mobile if you feel like being a Lightouts superfan.
Finally, our latest single, “The Cure For Shyness,” has been doing really well. The Dadada said, “Lightouts put the guitar back into indie rock,” Indie Rock Cafe included it in their Best New Music of the week, Brand Racket gave us one of the more flattering write-ups we’ve received so far, and dozens of other great sites have covered it.
Wish us luck in Austin, and thanks for your support!
PS- We’re up on Instagram now- follow us!
Today marks the release of our 4th single, and the first of 2012. The song is called “The Cure For Shyness” and is a melodic rocker that features live drums rocked hard by Josh Fleischmann. It’s one of our most anthemic tunes to-date and we’re really pleased with how Andy Altmann’s mix & mastering came out- this is truly meant to be turned up. The original b-side, “Deep Ends,” is a bit of a departure for us- it’s a dancey number tinged with some wavy psychedelic touches. Finally, the cover is our take on a classic Guided by Voices tune that Matador Records and GBV have cosigned.
Once again we were spoiled with choice from George Boorujy’s artwork. This time we chose a piece that has the simple title of Horse, but is rendered in George’s amazingly detailed and intricate style.
In a new milestone for us, one of MTV’s sites, Hive, premiered the song today. We also got a feature on iTunes as a new & notable release in their alternative section, and Seattle’s famous indie station KEXP gave us a mention too! You can buy the mp3s via iTunes or Amazon, buy them in CD quality from our store, share them via Facebook for a free download, or simply download for free them via our Soundcloud player to the right.
Happy new year, amici. Today we’re super psyched to release the cover tune b-side to our upcoming fourth single, “The Cure For Shyness.” It’s a Guided By Voices track called “The Official Ironmen Rally Song.”
Here’s the original:
We’ve got a few things to update you on since our last email. First up, we have a show this Saturday, 11/12 at Matchless in WIlliamsburg. As with our CMJ shows, we’ll be playing with live bass & drums. We’re on promptly at 8, so don’t be late! We’re on a bill with other Brooklyn locals Antics, Rplint, and Desire Lines, all of whom are awesome, so come out!
Second, there’s no other way to put this than, WE ARE VICTORIOUS. Zippo lighter champions are we. Thanks to all of our fans, we won the vote on the Zippo Encore website. Or competition was strong, including the likes of Ladytron and Brown Shoe, but we prevailed. Zippo is now making us 25 custom lighters with the Lightouts George Boorujy deer logo. Here’s the mockup we’ve been hoisting aloft in celebration. Once we get them, we’ll be giving some away as a show of our gratitude. Seriously, we can’t believe we won against bands that are much more established than us- thank you!
Finally, take a look at some stills from our first official video shoot. We shot it on Halloween for “The Eloise Suite.” There were Dia De Los Muertos dancers, an aerialist, and some vaudevillian facepaint. Video should be out in early December.
9/22/11 – Union Hall Park Slope, Brooklyn