Federal Lights

Federal Lights

 
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
BandAlternativeFolk

From the propulsive, handclap pop of I See Love to the, Wilco-approved Americana of Skyline, Federal Lights has a comforting warmth to them. With their first 2 singles debuting at No.1 on CBC R3, singer/songwriter Jean-Guy Roy has been described as writing "disarmingly emotional songs".

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Biography

Federal Lights

In 2011, out of the ashes of Winnipeg buzz band The Morning after, singer/songwriter Jean-Guy Roy quietly rose from the depths of his basement's cold storage room to record a new collection of songs with award winning engineer/producer, Cam Loeppky (Weakerthans, Imaginary Cities, Cannon Bros). The result was "Carbon", a six song EP that was met with immediate praise nation wide with the Toronto Star calling it"quietly electric, emotionally unguarded, and so thick with regret, you’d need a hoe to cut through it."

From there 2012 saw Federal Lights tour the country playing festivals and opening for acts like Imaginary Cities, Rah Rah, and the Great Lake Swimmers. The band also received an APCMA nomination for Rock Album of the Year and performed on the nationally syndicated APTN series Arbor Live.

In 2013, the band signed with Toronto's Aporia Records for the August release of the full lengthWe Were Found In The Fog. Engineered by Loeppky and produced by Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities), the album sees the band at its sharpest. The hooks are more refined, the lyrics more precise and Roys timeless, resonant voice is as clear as a bright blue Prairie sky. From the propulsive, handclap pop of I See Love to the rolling, Wilco-approved Americana of Skyline,We Were Found In The Foghas a comforting warmth about it. Hailed by the CBC as a Top 15 canadian record to be heard. The album's first two singles "I See Love" and "Cobra" both debuted at the No. 1 spot on the CBC Radio 3's Top 30.

With the release of We Were Found In The Fog the band has performed at all kinds of music festivals, showcased from SXSW to NXNE, and toured both Canada and Europe. Their 3 performances at the famous Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany led to a successful 12 date European tour in 2014 and were featured in major European music magazines such as the Rolling Stone and Intro who stated, “What makes this LP so good is its spirited performance and variety.” From Europe they returned home just in time to receive a Western Canadian Music Award.

As the band continues writing and recording, the spring of 2015 will see Federal Lights returning to Europe before heading across Canada and the U.S. for a summer festival tour.

"Solid Debut" - RollingStone

"Disarmingly emotional songs. Roy's musical vision is being fully realized with Federal Lights" -John Kendle Free Press.

"Glowing guitars, shimmering vocals and a slew of sparkling sonic accents that come together to form an incandescent experience that's both rousing and soothing all at once."
- CBC Radio 3

"Carbon is pure organic chemistry." 4.5/5 Stars
- Uptown Magazine

"This is the stuff you put on an hour or two after all the guests have gone home and you want a soundtrack for being alone. Or abandoned. Winnipegger Jean-Guy Roy works some of the same ground tilled so productively over the years by Blue Rodeos Greg Keelor: quietly electric, emotionally unguarded, and so thick with regret, youd need a hoe to cut through it."
-John Sakamoto, Toronto Star

"Carbon, by Winnipegs Federal Lights, is a solid EP. The songs feature an eclectic mix of instrumentation and emotionality, making it a great listen." 4/5 Stars
-Uniter Magazine

"Like a supergroup of Winnipeggers, Federal Lights shine on Radio 3 with "I Woke Up", a charming harmonious indie-pop affair."
- CBC Radio 3

"Carbon, a pithy six-song outing that's generated some healthy buzz owed mostly to the warm and natural feel to the songwriting...album opener "I Woke Up" is a pretty pop gem elevated by a delightfully irresistible vocal hook and is a bonafide must-hear."
-Mykael Sopher, CBC.ca/Manitoba

"A chillingly good new local group"
-Nicholas Friesen, Uptown Magazine

"Their variety of sounds was like a cookie jar- No matter which piece I grabbed, it emitted a difference taste of the band, while I enjoyed each one of them."
-www.musicpsychos.com

For more information:
federallights@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/federallights
http://www.manitobamusic.com/artists/federallights

Lyrics

I Don't Mind

Written By: J. Roy

i see it in your eyes
you dream and i fantasize
but its alright, i don't mind
yeah its alright, i got time

i keep things i should've told
you read me and my hand folds
but its alright, i don't mind
yeah its alright, i got time

but there's a moment that I can't take
filled with cigarettes and cadillac mistakes
i can't redefine these wide, wide lines
that i laid out for myself

I Woke Up

Written By: J. Roy

i found i'd done it again
and in your car i sat in silence
in the quietness of night
then the other shoe dropped
and i could feel it in my chest
that i was caught
caught up in your nets

and i hid like a mouse hides from a cat
that waits with baited breath outside of your house

and i'm not alright

i woke up from that night
my head was screaming louder
then the brightest of lights
and i couldn't stop
this feeling of regret
that i had lost
lost my self respect

so i hid like a mouse hides from a cat
and waits with baited breath outside of your house

and i'm not alright

Carbon

Written By: J. Roy

Carbon

i met you in the emergency room
you said you didn't know what else to do
you just hit the ground running

i took down every word you said
you didn't wanna tell me again
and i looked at you

but i just carried on

your phone started vibrating
his final apology was sent
and lies are what you believe

he said he'd already turned the key
the doors were locked and all he had to do was breathe
and in his wasted life you'd be free

and i just carried on

I See Love

Written By: Jean-Guy Roy

i see love
in your beautiful face
i see love
in your warm embrace
i see love
it isn't hard to find
i see love
in your loneliest place
i see love
in your tears that erase
i see love
it isn't hard to find
to find at all
there's no mystery at all

oh, oh, oh, oh

i see love
every time your heart breaks
i see love
in the smiles that you fake
i see love
it isn't hard, it's kind
i see love
through your cry and your ache
i see love
in the pain of mistake
i see love
it isn't hard, it's kind
kind to all
there's no mystery at all

oh, oh, oh, oh

there was a time
there was a time
i followed you
there was a time
there was a time
i followed you
i followed you

oh, oh, oh, oh

Sharks

Written By: Jean-Guy Roy

I had a dream
I swam with the sharks
And in that dream
I walked out into the dark

And all I said is all that I did
If only my heart could beat like yours kid

And I woke up
Surrounded by the militants of trust
And I couldn't shout
This feeling that I, I had my doubts

And I found something that i couldn't do
To fall in love with another's untrue

But we go on, yeah we go on
Nobody knows me like you

And all I said is all that I did
If only my heart could beat like yours kid
And I found something that i couldn't do
To fall in love with another's untrue

Reservation Girl

Written By: J. Roy

reservation girl

under the lights i felt in the dark
the damage was already done to your heart
you said "they're all the same"
"it's just some fucking line"
"on a map in someone's mind"

i couldn't even hear the sirens on that night
but sirens will never sound the same to me again
and you held on tight
to your only fight
and your reservation girl

and in the shadows we find
a place that shares no light
with the lives we found
then hide underground

This Would Be A Fine Job To Retire From

Written By: J. Roy

This Would Be A Fine Job To Retire From

so now we are done
and there's nothing left
yeah there's nothing left
we've played out our best

you leave me again
alone amongst your friends
alone with your pretense
but i know there's a heart in there

oh oh oh oh

so let's find some work
a job to retire from
yeah one with a pension
a pension we can all live on

and we'll buy a house
invest in some funds
invest in an iron lung
in the case that we need one

oh oh oh oh

Cobra

Written By: Jean-Guy Roy

i'm a cobra and she's electric
i've got a feeling that there ain't nobody else
and she's electric and i'm on fire
i got no reason other then myself

and she understands that i'm a better man

and we try to kill
this hearts desire that i can't fill
my mind's on fire
and i try, i try, i try

all i know is this curse i'm left with
has been building up since 1978
never broken only dormant
keep those chains locked up around the gate

but she understands that i'm a better man

and we try to kill
this hearts desire that i can't fill
my mind's on fire
and i try, try, try

Musical Bridge

and we try to kill
this hearts desire that i can't fill
my mind's on fire
and i try, try ,try

there ain't nobody else

Skyline

Written By: Jean-Guy Roy

i picked you up
i brought you home
we had to creep along
we had to take it slow
and in the city
the city was warm
all the one night stands
were going, were going home
with no one left to lead them on

and that skyline
erased you and i
from that cold and terrible place

and on that drive
you came to life
with all that night sky
getting caught in your eyes
you tried to find your own way out

and that skyline
erased you and i
from the cold and terrible place
and the stars you tried
to take from that sky
were taken from you, you and i

bridge

and that skyline
erased you and i
from the cold and terrible place
and the stars you tried
to take from that sky
were taken from you, you and i

We Were Found In The Fog

Written By: Jean-Guy Roy

don't let me down
don't let me down
you have eyes that see my stains
but i will walk to you again

i'm so glad you're not here

don't let us fall
don't make us crawl
you have hands that give us wings
hands to carry me again

and i'm so glad your not here

you see this city
this city's gone
and we'll be found
in the fog

i never thought you'd leave this way
if i..told a 1000 stories would you stay
i didn't say the words to you
but i…have a 1000 times before
never thought you'd walk right thru that door
i guess now i know

Discography

Carbon EP (2012)
We Were Found In The Fog (2013)

Set List

I See Love
Skyline
Polka in F#m
Reservation Girl
I Woke Up
Camera
I Don't Mind
Cobra Song
FLS
Weight of Us Both
Carbon
These Skies
Sharks
This Would Make A Fine Job To Retire From