Named one of SPIN’s 2012 CMJ “Next Big Things”  and 2013 SXSW “Hottest Acts”

“Melding Sonic Youth’s mangled guitars and monotonic vocal sensibilities with a taut and measured rhythm section, these Brooklynites manage to tap into an ever- expanding history of blown-out guitar rock and laconic vocals without feeling like a rehashing of rock’n’roll’s recent past.”
– Colin Joyce, SPIN

“… perfect for lovers of the nu-nu-wave of ’90s-gone-feral punkos like Parquet Courts and PAWS. Check out these cloud somethings.”
– Chris Weingarten, Village Voice

10/10 Star Review: “The great thing about Want is how different it sounds from everything and not in a reactionary sort of way… They aren’t trying to sound original or better than the rest of the bands coming out of Brooklyn, they just are. Essentially Want is the kind of album that rock music was invented for.”
– Tim Baker, SYFFAL

“Lightouts put the guitar back in indie rock”
-The Dadada

“A Gowanus-based group that sounds a little like what JAMC might sound like with Robert Smith fronting. And if you listen real close, you’ll hear an honest to goodness guitar solo. Chain me down, Martha!”
– My Old Kentucky Blog

2014 Press

SYFFAL Best Albums of 2013 “While they don’t necessarily sound like I always imagined New York sounding, they don’t need to, because they are just better than everyone else. Want is probably my favorite album of 2013. It is perfection through and through.”

Stereo Pills – Best Albums of 2013

Atlas and the Anchor“The propulsive post-punk of “Disappear” features dueling guitars, a strutting bass line and an arena-worthy catchiness.)”

Death and Taxes – Exclusive premiere of “Disappear” “Lightouts are a strangely-named new rock quartet from Brooklyn that remind my ears of something akin to The Shins if they played a little faster, or the Toadies if they played with more even flow to their trademarked jerky rhythms.”

The Record Stache “It’s kind of like if Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers fronted Japandroids. Yeah, something like that. If you like to rock, turn the speakers up and jam to this one.”

Liquid Hip“While they do pick up some tricks from the early 90s, the sound is recast to capture a fresh and spacious desolation. Disappear plays like a lonely party song — someplace packed with people but you or someone else is feeling out of place and against the wall.”

Free Indie

Digital Soul Experience – “Love the harmonized guitar solo and background vocals on this song.”


The Mad Mackerel


SYFFAL  more – “More of that good good from Brooklyn’s best band.”

Human Pleasure Radio

Holiday Matinee Mixtape

2013 Press

SPIN – Exclusive premiere of “Not Today” video. “The clip, filmed by frontman Gavin Rhodes, is a chill, two-minute joyride constructed from video of clouds he’s been collecting on various flights. If you remember your cirrus from your cumulus, then pop quiz, hotshot. But enough pilot talk, the song is no slouch either, a taut, musclar, jangle-fit perfect for lovers of the nu-nu-wave of ’90s-gone-feral punkos like Parquet Courts and PAWS. Check out these cloud somethings.”

SYFFAL “It is kind of like The Talking Heads ate a shit load of pot brownies with The Replacements while watching a jam band cover Blondie. I want to punch myself in the dick repeatedly until the swelling goes down, cause this fucker is like dry humping some Razzleberry Dippin’ Dots bro bro – Baller as Fuck.  “

Impose  “Brooklyn’s Lightouts are setting sites to debut their album Want March 5 and go high up, soaring in the friendly clouds on the video for their jangle-jet set guitar melodies of “Not Today.”

Operation Every Band – “The tightness they bring to what is traditionally a liquid, garage delivery is refreshing and a good sign for however they choose to evolve their sound this year.  Overall, Lightouts is worth checking out because they know how to write a damn fine rock song, a surprisingly underrepresented demographic on the SXSW roster this year.” 

The Music Blog of Andrew Mackens  “Found this gem of a song, album, and band from a Spotify ad. Lightouts knows what they’re doing. Not only with their marketing efforts, but with their music as well.”

2012 Press

The Music Ninja – Exclusive premiere of “The Big Picture.” “Their latest single, ‘The Big Picture’, is a pop monster which combines the melodies and bounce of electro with the grit of rock to create something very special. Definitely a band to look out for, Lightouts have the potential to be massive. Stay tuned for more from them..”

FILTER Magazine – Exclusive premiere of “Stray Boy.”“Lightouts deliver an upbeat track that’s fit for a windows down, slow driving summer day.”

MTV Hive – Exclusive premiere of “The Cure For Shyness”

Indie Rock Cafe – Best New Release for “The Cure For Shyness”


We Are Hunted – Emerging artist feature

The DadadamoreLightouts put the guitar back into indie rock.” “The duo are back with big hooks…”

Listen Before You Buymore  “”Fine, I admit it: Lightouts are capable of sounding like The Smashing Pumpkins at their peak. Not that I ever really doubted them, of course.” 

“I require precisely no convincing that Lightouts are brilliant, but if you’re in any doubt then by all means check out their new single, “The Cure For Shyness”.

Impose – “Lightouts recorded a knockout cover of Guided by Voices “The Official Ironmen Rally Song” which got the official GBV tweet-bump.”

Music Under Fire – Song of the Week for “The Cure For Shyness”

The Muse In Music – “‘The Eloise Suite’… is superb — a concussive, staccato, and indiscreet rock track.”

The Vinyl District more TVD First Date feature / Single of The Week

Earmilk – MP3 Feature

Magnet Magazine – MP3 of the day

Spinnermore MP3 of the day for “The Big Picture” & “Official Ironmen Rally Song”

Pop ‘Stache

The Record Stache “Lightouts has managed to include the heartbreaking emotions of ’80s goth culture within their contemporary indie rock sound.” 

Review Stalker more “And It Comes And Goes” chosen as #3 single of 2011.

SYFFAL“Lightouts are one of those new bands that just gets all under my skin in all the right ways.”

Cover Me 

ThisSoundGoesAround – “‘A Cure For Shyness’ is sure to be lining your indie playlists for years to come.”

Brand Racket “one of the best debut singles I’ve heard in awhile.”

fairlycoherent – “The Eloise Suite” chosen as one of the best tracks of 2011

FensePost “Progressive and balanced, the band’s sound is reminiscent of 90’s alt rock and 70’s glam rock dance halls; their music just makes you feel good.”

Beats Per Minute – Exclusive song premiere.

listen, dammit“The overall effect makes you want to sit down so you can jump up and kick the chair away.”

largehearted boy more more

Faronheit more

Warmer Climes – feature mixtape

Digital Soul Experiencemore “A sound with a foundation and a future.”

Sirens Of Decay 

Bandbook Blog “Possibly my favorite song this summer.”

Atlas And The Anchor

Musik Junkies more

The Mad Mackeral

The Jangle Box more

The Deli more – 

Human Pleasure

The Big Beat 

Migrate Music

Stereo Pills

Oh So Fresh

Gowanus Your Face Off more

Noise Collective 

Sonic Masala 



Owl By Night

Brooklyn Rocks

2011 Press

My Old Kentucky Blog –  New Band Smell – “…a Gowanus-based duo that sounds a little like what JAMC might sound like with Robert Smith fronting. And if you listen real close, you’ll hear an honest to goodness guitar solo. Chain me down, Martha!.”

… on “The Eloise Suite” track premiere – “The Eloise Suite …features handclaps and guitars so crunchy you’re bound to lose a filling before the first refrain.”

Prefix Mag – “Lightouts is a throwback to the joyous, left-of-the-dial guitar rock of the bygone early Nineties.”

…on “And It Comes And Goes” “… a blast of barely contained rock energy that would make Dinosaur Jr. axman J. Mascis proud.”

Magnet Magazine more – “Any band that covers the Stone Roses is all right in our book… Lightouts have done just that, offering up their take on ”Here It Comes,” and the results are impressive.”

RCRD LBL – “…the band’s second release, is an energized rock number – sort of The Hold Steady meets Dinosaur Jr. More than references, though, the song features some pretty serious guitar solos.”

BeaconPass“A glorious return to nineties guitar rock… The pair exhibit a rare musical and stylistic cohesion: structured bass lines, waves of fuzzed out guitars and vaporous vocals put a new spin on the moody post-punk aesthetic of bands like Joy Division and Smashing Pumpkins circa Siamese Dream.”

Listen Before You Buy more “So I’m grateful to Lightouts: they make me feel like I’m not more than a decade late for the parade; that good, balls-out alt. rock is still fresh and new and delightful.”

Pretty Much Amazing more “…Lightouts are a contemporary rock band, drawing similarities to The Killers circa Sam’s Town due to vocalist Greg Nelson’s endearing falsetto and his ability to write a catchy song.”

Indie Rock Cafe “A Gowanus-based duo, Lightouts sounds a lot like The Cure on the new track “Only The Smart Ones” (but we’re not complaining, it’s a great track) and we’re keeping our ears out for their debut album, Want.”

… on “The Eloise Suite” – “Lightouts has really been gaining a following in the past year and for good reason. We originally featured Lightouts on IRC earlier this year following the release of the band’s latest album, which we like very much, and will definitely be on our Best Debuts of 2011 list.”

SYFFAL more “Sure it sounds awkward, but sometimes that is what it takes to find the magic. Lightouts have definitely found the magic.”

AudioMuffin “The first Lightouts single, ‘See Clear’ … is an express train(!) into jaaaaaaaam city.”

Cover Me more “It’s a refreshing dose of earnestness accompanied by fist-in-the-air rocking.”

Impose“…Lightouts make tunes the way all the gods of rock used to...”

MusicRemedymore Feature interview.

AOL Spinner – exclusive debut of 2nd single

The Dadadamore more more “They are hardly conventional by today’s indie rock standards… This is a welcome return to a neglected genre. Go out and get their two singles with B-sides, and then crank up and rock out to Lightouts.”

Potholes In My Blog“I’m fondly reminded of those glory days by Brooklyn’s Lightouts. Their style… sounds influenced by Dinosaur Jr. with its guitar-led energy and extremely catchy songwriting.”

Review Stalker more – “Somewhere there is a hi-watt amp on fire from their last gig as this guitar music bounces.”

…on “The Eloise Suite” – “…the “A” side rock fire-stomper is reason enough to grab your chick and shake your hips and swill some PBRs but the real motivator that should peak your curiosity is the closer.”

Turntable Kitchen more – “And I have to admit, although the concept of a 90′s revival leaves me feeling cold, listening to Lightouts nonetheless has me warming up to the idea.  Apparently nostalgia doesn’t have to be “chill” and comes in rock n’ roll flavor too.”

FreeIndie “Rule #1: Always take dating advice from strangers with guitars.”

Citizen Dick – “…Lightouts is pretty sweet.”

The Deli more – NYC Artist on the rise – feature interview/show review

Sirens Of Decayfeature interview more

Gowanus Your Face Off interview

The Aquarian Weekly

Largehearted Boy more more

Consequence Of Sound

The Audio Perv

Atlas And The Anchor


Local Rock Stars – “We highly recommend this band.”


Music Under Fire

Tsuru Radio

Faronheit more more

Escafandrista Musical more

Pop Le Bon

Hard of Hearing

The Vinyl District more more

Human Pleasure Radio

Jive Wired

The JangleBox more – “Por favor, más como éste!!”

Rodney Strong Vineyards

Coverville more



Bad Dream

Oh My Rock

The Music Ish

fairly coherent

Digital Soul Experience

Ride The Tempo

Migrate Music News

Cover Lovers

Esprit Rock 

Appetite for Distraction

Pollyanna Cowgirl Records Podcast

Dance Yrself Clean “give it a listen and im sure it will find its way onto repeat by the end of the day.”


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