Whisked from the forthcoming successor to their acclaimed debut album Teenager Of The Century, UK melodic alternative pop band theLights begin tempting anticipation with new song Dust and Stone. Building on the sound and presence established and keenly received by media and fans alike with their previous album, the Birmingham quintet make a rather potent and captivating invitation to check out their impending arrival with the single. It is not a song which leaves you breathless or reeling from something exceptionally unique but with a sound which is distinctly theLights and a rich infectious breath to its full bodied melodic colour and structure, it is an invitation which lays down a bait simply impossible to ignore.
The band has returned to the studio for the single and upcoming album with renowned producer Gavin Monaghan (Bloc Party, The Twang, Kings Of Leon) who also worked on its predecessor. The result with Dust and Stone is a song which makes easy work of drawing full attention and inspiring up strong intrigue for what the band has in store. From its opening seconds the track dances gently with ears and thoughts, the guitars of Dan Tombs and Shaun Kelly weaving an elegant pattern around the expressive vocals of Kelly backed by the smouldering vocals of Liz Sheils. The rhythm section upon the track is respectful and generous to the woven melodic beauty and though relatively understated veins the adventure with evocative dark lines and firm beats from Gaz Worton and Woz Meadows respectively. There is a country rock tease to the song throughout which adds to the rich hues of the song but equally the guitar invention and enticement provides a sense of Lightning Seeds and in little ways, The Farmers Boys which only enhances the flirtation with the passions.
Dust and Stone is an extremely satisfying track which though it does not spark the passions into any rigorous activity, enjoyably simmers away inspiring a keen appetite for the arrival of theLights’ new album. If you are looking for some folk seeded melodic pop which is a little different and beautifully crafted this single is a gateway to a new melodic exploit to get very excited over and it is hard to imagine the band providing anything less with their sophomore full length ahead.
It is fair to say country music is a genre which gets short thrift here, its sounds as appealing as a salt rub on the eye ball. Despite that we have to say that Days Don’t Get Me Far Enough Away the new single from UK band The Lights, is one rather enjoyable piece of pop which had us humming its infectious charm throughout the day upon encountering its melodic enterprise.
Following on from their acclaimed album Teenager of the Century, the single completes a year for the band which has seen them build on the success of the full length release with successful festival and gig appearances as well as enthused play across national radio shows. October saw the quintet from Birmingham sign a deal with Integrity Records for the release of the new single to complete twelve months which could be said to have been a whirlwind of endeavour and positivity.
The single opens with vibrant beats from Woz Meadows, rhythms which have a unique swing to their gait, and crystalline guitar teases from Dan Tombs. It is an engaging entrance soon elevated by the wonderful emotive vocals of Liz Sheils perfectly supported by the warm tones of acoustic guitarist Shaun Kelly and the caring compelling bass caresses of Gaz Worton. It all combines for a heated romp equipped with a western twang and passionate breath. It is without doubt the dazzling voice of Sheils which steals the show but the song and sounds wrap around her aural heart with tenderness, great craft, and just a glimpse of mischief to their teasing presence. It is a rich and pleasing sound driven by a contagious pop essence which will easily delight many more than just genre fans.
Accompanied by a fun video featuring DJs Janice Long, Alex Lester, Jeremy Vine, and Chris Hawkins, Days Don’t Get Me Far Enough Away, whilst not probably a song which will take precedence over other personal taste pleasing sounds, certainly will not outstay its welcome when it does get its chance to play within these ears. For country pop fans though, The Lights have a real treat in store.