The MYSTERY LIGHTS – ‘the Mystery Lights’
THE MYSTERY LIGHTS PREVIEW ‘FOLLOW ME HOME’
TAKEN FROM DEBUT ALBUM OUT JUNE 24TH VIA DAPTONE’S NEW ROCK IMPRINT, WICK
TOUR DATES IN EUROPE IN MAY & JUNE
In an era when the city kvetches that there are no good NYC bands, when half of the music scene has split for sunny California, the Mystery Lights are an anomaly. Not only did these bold young men reverse the direction – optimistically migrating east against the tide from the west coast, but they also landed in the wormy apple to immerse themselves in the action and diversity of New York City. They all share an apartment in Ridgewood, Queens – the basement of which they’ve converted into a makeshift rehearsal space. Betting against the odds to live the archetypical 20th century downtown musician lifestyle in 2016, though inevitably further east of the bridge, they also play with the kind of conviction, immediacy, and raw power of their mighty ancestors – from the Velvets to the Voidoids and beyond. The Mystery Lights are living proof that vital contemporary music, in this case real-deal rock’n’roll, can still be dreamed, constructed, and performed in the Empire City.
Mike Brandon and L.A. Solano have been in many different versions of The Mystery Lights under assorted monikers since their teens. In a heroic jump from the small town of Salinas, California to NYC, the band solidified its lineup to also include Alex Amini, Kevin Harris, and Noah Kohll. The explosive live shows gradually became the stuff of legend as the quintet won their following one fan at a time in dives from Brooklyn to the Bowery. Organically unfolding over the nights months and years, the Lights’ sound has evolved into a fuzz-fueled hopped-up 21st Century take on 60s garage pebbles, and artful 70s punk, that is all their own.
2016 finds these rock’n’roll knights embarking upon the next logical step – unleashing their own brand of kick out the jams on tour and in the studio. When Daptone Records launched their Wick Records rock imprint, they wasted no time approaching Mystery Lights as their inaugural act. Hot on the heels of the “Too Many Girls”/”Too Tough To Bear” single, Wick officially rolls out the Mystery Lights’ debut LP, recorded at Daptone Records’ House of Soul studio, on June 24. Are you ready? – Jonathan Toubin
Dig Rock ‘n Roll music? Well you’re in luck! Daptone Records, the world’s leader in today’s Soul Music is now ready to take on the happenings of the modern rock scene. WICK records, Daptone’s brand new Rock oriented subsidiary, will focus on recording and releasing only the finest Rock ‘n Roll combos on the scene today. With releases by TheMystery Lights slated, and a slew of other exciting releases in queue, WICK is well on its way to becoming the world’s leader in today’s Rock Music! Stay tuned for releases by The Ar-Kaics, The Jay Vons, Mark Sultan, and MORE! All recorded to 8-track tape by the incomparable Wayne Gordon.
The Mystery Lights on tour:
26/05/2016: Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
27/05/2016: Den Haag, The Netherlands,Sniester Festival
28/05/2016: Nijmegen, The Netherlands – Merlyn
29/05/2016: Gent, Belgium, – Big Next @ Dok
31/05/2016: Fribourg, Switzerland – Noveau Monde
01/06/2016: Luzern, Switzerland – Schüur
02/06/2016: Lyon, France – Le Marché Gare
03/06/2016: Nimes, France – This Is Not A Love Song, La Paloma
04/06/2016: Tours, France – Festival Aucard de Tours
05/06/2016: La Rochelle, France – La Sirene
06/06/2016: Bordeaux, France – Le Bootleg
07/06/2016: Paris, France – La Mechanique Ondulatoire
09/06/2016: London, UK – Shacklewell Arms
11/06/2016: Eindhoven, The Netherlands – Eindhoven Psych Lab