MP3: Lightouts – “Disappear”

Death And Taxes Debuts New Song From Gowanus Rockers Lightouts; New Double A-Side Single Announced


Critical Praise for Lightouts:

Named one of SPIN’s 2012 CMJ “Next Big Things” & 2013 SXSW “Hottest Acts”

“…one of the better white guys-with-guitars songs I’ve heard in a while.” – Death and Taxes

“Melding Sonic Youth’s mangled guitars and monotonic vocal sensibilities with a taut and measured rhythm section, these Brooklynites manage to tap into an ever-expanding history of blown-out guitar rock and laconic vocals without feeling like a rehashing of rock’n’roll’s recent past.” – Colin Joyce, SPIN

10/10 star review: “The great thing about Want is how different it sounds from everything and not in a reactionary sort of way… They aren’t trying to sound original or better than the rest of the bands coming out of Brooklyn, they just are. Essentially Want is the kind of album that rock music was invented for.” – Tim Baker, SYFFAL

“Lightouts have the presence and experience to be something HUGE.” – LX-GOODS

The Song:

After this year’s release of their debut album Want, indie rock Brooklynites Lightouts are keeping the music coming with a punk-inspired new track premiered on Death and Taxes. Their new song “Disappear” strays from Lightouts’ usual dreamy, fuzzy sound and points in a post-punk influenced direction, the result of the band’s obsessive listening to early Wire and Japandroids. Vocalist/guitarist Greg Nelson says that lyrically, the song’s focus is “the impermanence of experiences and relationships, and the ability to detach from those things that tend to drain us rather than energize us. Action is dangerous but routine is deadly.”

“Disappear” is part of a double A-side single that includes another brand new Lightouts track, “My My.” The single’s artwork was shot by photographer Jason Knight, who specializes in capturing ruined landscapes and the detritus of modern living in his photos. The featured photo, titled “Welcome to 8th Grade Math,” was taken in a destroyed and abandoned school in New Orleans. Lightouts’ double single will be available for purchase on December 16th.

Listen to “Disappear”:

Check out the Death and Taxes premiere:

Pre-order Lightouts’ double single on iTunes:

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Please contact Michelle if interested in talking with Lightouts.

Lightouts Background:

Lightouts founder Gavin Rhodes started with a simple question: “Robert Smith/Emily Haines, where are you?” But this appeal to fans of The Cure and Metric didn’t appear on Craigslist or in The Village Voice. The flyer was posted near the less-than-picturesque Gowanus Canal. Greg Nelson, a veteran of the NYC music scene, responded to the ad and the rest, as they say, is history. The group exhibit a rare musical and stylistic cohesion: structured bass lines, waves of fuzzed out guitars and vaporous vocals put a new spin on the moody post-punk aesthetic of bands like Joy Division and Smashing Pumpkins circa Siamese Dream. In the past two years, the Gowanus band has released a series of singles that featured both an A-side and two B-sides, which allowed the band to offer up songs complemented by experimentation and deep-cut covers. The band’s debut album, Want, was released earlier this year.

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“The Big Picture”:

“See Clear”:



Adrian Grenier’s Session for “Want”:

“Not Today”:

“The Big Picture”:

“Push” (The Cure Cover):

“The Official Ironmen Rally Song” (Guided by Voices cover): 

“The Eloise Suite”:

“Here It Comes” (Stone Roses Cover):

Bio, pictures, and streams available here: