It’s been quite a year so far with London based 5-piece Lights.Action! Following on from two successful single releases last year (Satellites and Story of a Broken Boy), adrenaline filled appearances at Leeds Festival, the Great Escape and Download along side support slots for Boy Kill Boy, Aiden and I Was A Cub Scout, to name but a few – the band’s ever growing fan base fought off competition to secure them funding for a full length album with the Slice The Pie – the website that enables artists to raise money directly from their fans to professionally record and release an album.
This month sees the release of their debut mini-album on Xtra Mile Recordings, a collection of their best tracks to date, and the perfect way to mark this chapter of their career, before it all kicks off with the new album. Mixed by Richard Wilkinson (Ox Eagle Lion Man, Bombay Bicycle Club) the EP kicks off with single ‘Aurora‘, edging up the tempo with rich guitars, angst driven bass lines combining with Patrick Currier’s commanding vocals. The tracks share the same fervour, with punchy melodies colliding into an intelligent combination of rock, emo and pop, without bowing completely to either genre. With an American-lilt to his vocals Currier throws out intelligent lyrics, encased in addictive riffs and it’s easy to understand why these guys attract such a loyal fan base, with the energy and passion never dropping.
A spine tingling cover of Imogen Heap’s ‘Hide & Seek‘ is an unexpected but stunning addition to the EP, the fragility and serenity of the harmonies highlighted by the coursing guitars and searing riffs of the previous tracks. ‘All Eyes to The Morning Sun‘ is a good showcase for Lights.Action! and well worth a listen. With a new album in the pipeline, they could well be the ones to watch for 2008. Enjoy.