Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Canadian pop sensation Lights has officially confirmed an Irish Tour Date for 2012! Lights will be performing live on stage at The Academy 2 in Dublin on February 13th 2012 for her first Irish headline show. Tickets for Lights live at The Academy 2 are priced from €15 including booking fee and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Lights live at The Academy 2 in Dublin.
Please note: This show is an Over 14′s event. No alcohol will be served throughout the gig.
When electro-rock sensation Lights first hit the music scene in 2008, she was just a songwriter with a synth and a dream. Her name may have been pluralized but Lights Poxleitner was a one-woman show who played and programmed her own instruments and sang her own lyrics.
This admirable self-reliance is rare in pop – in fact, Lights, signed a publishing deal at 16 and began writing songs for other artists, but after her 2008 self-titled debut EP (precocious enough to earn her a best new artist Juno) and gold-selling full-length follow-up The Listening, Lights was ready to open herself up to collaborations on her unexpectedly experimental album Siberia. And by choosing such leftfield collaborators as live electronic outfit Holy F**k and rising rapper Shad, she also opened up her sound.
The genre’s grimy beats and sonic minimalism influenced the creation of Siberia, if not necessarily shaping the music itself (though she does pay homage with a dubstep drop on “Fourth Dimension.”). Rather, dubstep led Lights away from the “perfection” of her past work.
Lyrically, the album is light years from her last, which was written when the singer, who spent much of her childhood travelling to places like the Philippines and Jamaica with her missionary parents, had left the nest and landed in Toronto
The dividend from her early award-winning success, not to mention her sprawling online footprint which includes over a half-million Facebook fans and over a quarter-million Twitter followers, not to mention a cult fanbase amongst the Comic-Con set, is her current artistic freedom.
Siberia‘s beats skitter and thwack, the retro electronics fire like decomposing lasers and the analog synths dirty up her trademark pretty melodies, propelling Lights’ emotion-soaked but still-cute croon into her sprawling, imperfect new sound.
Call it anti-electro, dream-step or perhaps even grit-pop. Whatevs. Just rest assured that it’s the same bright Lights; she’s just built herself a bigger city.
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