KEXP’s Song Of The Day Features Brooklyn’s Lightouts

Brooklyn Band’s Post-Punk Chug-Rocker Chosen As The Song Of The Day By Seattle’s Iconic 90.3 KEXP


KEXP song of the day

Critical Praise for Lightouts:

“Lightouts are everything I like about bands.” – John Richards, KEXP

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

“Lightouts …are enthusiastic singles makers, which suits the snappy, punk-fortified jangle-pop that they specialize in.” – Esquire

“…perfect for lovers of the nu-nu-wave of ’90’s-gone-feral punkos like Parqyet Courts and PAWS. Check out these cloud somethings” – Chris Weingarten, Village Voice

“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

The Song:

Storied Seattle radio station 90.3 KEXP has selected Brooklyn fuzz-rockers Lightouts single “More Than Ever” for their prestigious Song Of The Day. The band is in good company as previous honorees include indie luminaries such as Toro Y Moi, The Drums, Mac McCaughan, and Father John Misty.

Lightouts are no strangers to KEXP as they previously sat in for a live session on John Richard’s Morning Show. Check the post here:

Listen to “More Than Ever” maxi-single:

Listen to the commentary:

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Please contact Michelle if interested in talking with Lightouts.

Lightouts Background:

Gavin Rhodes isn’t one to flit from one musical style to the next; Bowie the Chameleon he is not. And as enthusiastic as he is about new sounds and collaboration, the Lightouts founder/songwriter/guitarist has a clear idea of how he wants his band to sound from one release to the next — even with a new singer onboard. And even if that new singer, Skip McSkipster, also sings for the Dead Kennedys.

Lightouts’ first release with Skip points strongly toward the band’s future. The A-side, “More Than Ever,” smolders along at a midtempo pace as it pays lyrical tribute to a few of the seedier elements of New York, the band’s hometown; the B-side “All We Had,” meanwhile, nails a newly wistful mood, going so far as to work a nocturnal chorus of crickets into the mix. Rhodes’ aim to continue Lightouts’ stylistic thread is realized via striking cover artwork by photographer Jason Knight (whose work also accompanied the Disappear / My My single), as well as through the inclusion of yet another masterfully curated cover, the driving Joy Division nugget “Interzone.”

Rhodes and Skip are understandably excited about making more music together, with plans already well afoot for a second Lightouts LP. Skip puts a fine point on how the pair works best: “I tend to offer more abstract ideas, but Gavin stays very focused and concentrates on exactly what a song needs. I think ‘More Than Ever’ is a good example of the sort of modern-rock progressiveness I hear us creating.”

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“More Than Ever”:

“Interzone” (Joy Division cover):

“My My”:


“The Big Picture”:

“See Clear”:



Adrian Grenier’s Session for “Want”:

“Not Today”:

“The Eloise Suite”:

Bio, pictures, and streams available here: