Hood to Hood West Seattle: The Lights

photos by James Bailey

photos by James Bailey

Seattle’s based band, The Lights break with the traditional standards of rock & roll, and are part of a new style that crackles with an aggressive and experimental rhythm of post-punk and does not hesitate to stream the sharp guitar, bass and drums. The band formed back in 1998 by Craig Chambers, Jeff Albertson and P.J. Rogalski, but it wasn’t until the release of their first full length album in 2003, Beautiful Bird, that they gained presence in the spotlight with their energetic and loud mode of making music and playing on stage.

The three piece has expanded their audience outside of Seattle after their West Coast tour back in 2006 to promote their second album, Diamonds and Dirt, which also placed them in KEXP’s 90.3 Top Albums of that same year. Back in 2004, The Lights also won Best Band contest by The Stranger, which has since, placed them as one of Seattle’s favourites. Likewise, members have gained recognition for their alternative projects, as guitarist also plays for local’s based, Love Tan, and drummer Rogalski for Unnatural Helpers.

The Lights are back this year with a new record entitled Failed Graves with label Wantage USA, adding up this time to Seattle’s traditional garage rock sound, and keeping their prominent post-punk style. The band has not yet set tour dates to support the release of their new album, although they have been playing small shows in town.

Today’s show at Easy Street Records in West Seattle started with tons of adrenaline as The Lights opened with “Deathless Distances”, featuring their most recent material. The concert took place in Easy Street Records, and as part of the band’s seven-songs set, continued with “Famous Gunshots”, “Buttons Vs. Boulders”, “Puerto Escondido”, “New New”, “Trabbit” and ended with “The Fixer”. The Seattle based band performed outstandingly at this year’s Hood to Hood in West Seattle.

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