Distant Lights

Distant Lights

 Austin, Texas, USA
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4-piece classically trained rock powerhouse out of Austin TX that combines equal parts science, artistry, curiosity and tenacity to convey a truly magnetic passion for songwriting and live performances. Aggressively beautiful, and hauntingly intense alternative rock. Hues of dark and mysterious blend with a colorful palette of melody and classical exploration, toeing the line between rock and performance art, pop and metal, serenity and a storm.

Biography

  • AMF Artist of the month
  • Selected to perform at the Dallas International Guitar Festival
  • "Austin Invasion" selected artist - Concert Window
  • Texas Buzz artist - nominated for “Best Rock” in Houston - Buzz 94.5FM airplay
  • Austin Chronicle "Sound Wars" Winner
  • Hard Rock Calling Finalist
  • Radio airplay of song “Artifice” on 93.7 KLBJ & 101X
  • Local Licks with Loris Lowe multiple appearances
  • Modern Rock Review Top 5 Pick

 

Distant Lights, the 4-piece classically trained rock powerhouse out of Austin TX, combine equal parts science, artistry, curiosity, and tenacity to convey a truly magnetic passion for songwriting and live performances. For 7 years, DL has been crafting their aggressively beautiful, and hauntingly intense alternative rock. Hues of dark and mysterious blend with a colorful palette of melody and classical exploration, toeing the line between rock and performance art, pop and metal, serenity and a storm. While the bands rock shows are full of exciting lights, lasers, video projections, and holograms, they are just at home on the acoustic stage, playing more and more "unplugged" shows as of late. This Spring Distant Lights releases "Beneath the Waves", an Acoustic EP (their 3rd studio album), followed by the feature length documentary Blindfolded on the Horizon. The film explores their path and progression from a cello heavy prog rock band, through the deep chasm they were thrown into after the disappearance of their principle investor/mentor, and the long road of recovery through member changes and individual struggles. Constantly evolving and growing both musically and spiritually, this new album and documentary offer a vulnerable look behind the curtain at their songwriting process, current obstacles, and the purging of their past skins. "These songs are passionate and real. This acoustic album is a release from all the bounds we thought entangled us in the first two rock albums" says vocalist Gabriel Fry.   

While Distant Lights has been favorably compared to the likes of A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Incubus, and Muse, they continue to develop new mediums in which to engage the listeners experience in music. Known to incorporate a holographic cellist and live projected cymatics (visualization of sound in water), the band is no stranger to scientific experimentation.  Distant Lights are among the harbingers of a new harmonic science, studying the intricacies of sound waves and resonance, and their powerful purposes and effects within the cosmos.

Two records under their belts, and touring regularly across the southern region, they've shared the stage with numerous national acts including Nothing More, Tantric, Hurt, Marcy Playground, Powerman 5000, Eye Empire, Parabelle, Sounds Under Radio, and Saturate. In 2013 Distant Lights was selected to perform at the Dallas International Guitar Festival and have consistently headlined many of the top stages in the region. They've also charted #1/#2/#5 on CMJ 200 adds, been nominated for "Best Rock" in Houston in the 94.5 FM Buzz Awards, won the Austin Chronicle Sound Wars competition, and are slated to work with Award winning Producer Johnny Marshall (Grand Jury Prize for Sound Design for "Upstream Color" - 2013 Sundance Film Festival) on their next record to begin summer of 2015.

"If Dream Theater and A Perfect Circle got together and had a baby, and then that baby hung out with Tool on the weekends, you'd get Distant Lights." - Emurg.com

"Rock music with the accuracy of a fine-tuned machine designed to bore through the slabs of mediocrity and complacency so prevalent in today's market. Razor-sharp riffs, densely complex rhythms, and a voice that cuts glass are ingredients for a powerful, cohesive unit of talented, inspired force."  - Steve Bernal, cellist/bassist/composer/performer

"Distant Lights is an extreme musical group filled with heart wrenching melodic lines that weave in and out of deeply symbolic lyrics."  - Tim Staump, Staump.com

"They've perfected the art of intensity, and the musicianship is absolutely on point, from the distinct riffing and drum work that never falters. And don't get me started on the vocals: they're distinct, controlled, and put simply, superb."  - Sara Cooper, MuzikReviews.com

Instrumentation

Gabriel Fry - Vocals 
Gaelan Bellamy - Guitar, Backing Vocals 
Sam Marshall - Bass 
Kevin Abbenante - Drums 

Discography

Simulacrum, LP 2008 
Not Thinking Not Dreaming, LP 2013 
Beneath the Waves, EP 2015

Lyrics

Tightrope

Written By: Distant Lights

Tightrope

All I wanna do is understand
What makes a man besides his story
Mine has always been a tangled thread
Of half way there’s and misled fortune

All I ever do is walk away from
Anything that’s ever tied me down
Tryin’ to cope but the rope is runnin out
I’m on the verge of unwinding

Show me what it means to be alive
Before it all unwinds
Is it always do or die
I’m on a tightrope, watchin it all unwind

Tired of looking at the other side
And wondering why I’m still in pieces
Where’s the confidence to walk the line
I’m half way there but still defeated

All I wanna do is find a balance
I can feel it if I don’t look down
Try to cope till the rope is all worn out
I’m on the verge of unwinding
I’m suddenly fallin as it all unwinds for me

Show me what it means to be alive
Before it all unwinds
Is it always do or die
I’m on a tightrope, watchin it all unwind

Suddenly fallin beyond, and the storm rages on
All the threads have tied and tangled for the last time
It’s either get up or give up, get up or give up

Show me what it means to be alive
Before it all unwinds
Is it always do or die
I’m on a tightrope
Show me what it means
Before it all unwinds
Show me what it means
Before it all unwinds
Show me what it means

Science of It All

Written By: Distant Lights

Science of It All

Restless eyes are trapped inside
A cage of self reflection
My senses over analyze
But rarely make a connection

Make it stay
The owning of this temple
Take away
The science of it all

Sacrifice another day
To wasted indecision
There has to be another way
To handle this division

Make it stay
The owning of this temple
Take away
The science of it all

If you keep it inside
You suffocate the air supply
So face the divide
You’re fighting to survive

Make it stay
The owning of this temple
Take away
The science of it all

What's On Your Mind

Written By: Distant Lights

What’s On Your Mind

You wanna wait for another day
Or wait around for the law to change
You wanna wait for the iron to unchain
And hide the truth in your disguise
But I can see the fear your eyes convey
I’ll dig until I make you say
What’s on your mind

You just pretend because they want you to
It won’t be long before you break

You wanna wait for another day
Or wait around for the law to change
You wanna wait for the iron to unchain
You wanna wait for another death
You wanna wait for the final breath
You wanna wait till the fire burns the rest of us

I’ve never questioned a blank slate
But here we are in a stalemate
You wouldn’t hold out long
If I was on my own with you
It’s a shame the camera’s there on the wall
Cause I would take it all the way
Anything to make you say
What’s on your mind

You just pretend because they want you to
It won’t be long before you break

You wanna wait for another day
Or wait around for the law to change
You wanna wait for the iron to unchain
You wanna wait for another death
You wanna wait for the final breath
You wanna wait till the fire burns the rest

You’ve played the victim long enough
It’s time this goes my way
I’ll bring the pain until you give it up
How much will you take

Say what’s on your mind
Say what’s on your mind

Suffocating

Written By: Distant Lights

Suffocating

Leaves fall upon a new discovery
That I’ve grown a canopy of suffering above me
Each day I’m deeper in the settling
This shade will only suffocate

If only I could breathe again
I’m choking on my own indifference
If only I could breathe again
And suffocate the apathy instead

Dark clouds are gathering above the trees
Rain falls collecting insecurities
This flood is swallowing another day
The overflow will suffocate

If only I could breathe again
I’m choking on my own indifference
If only I could breathe again
And suffocate the apathy instead

I’m suffocating

I’m suffocating
If only I could breathe again
I’m suffocating
The canopy is way too thick
I’m suffocating
If only I could

If only I could breathe again
I’m choking on my own indifference
If only I could breathe again
And suffocate the apathy instead

I’m suffocating

Too Late

Written By: Distant Lights

Too Late

I want back in the open air like no one else can taste
If I gave half of what I knew to you I’d surely be safe

But I’ll grin and bear and tell you lies
I would never give up on my kind
I would rather die

It's too late you see
Another one of us will always get away
It won't be long before mistakes are made
Another one of us will find a way
It’s too late

Did you think I’d break by now
Oh but how I can last for days
With secrets locked away and safe

As you tear into my flesh and mind
I would never give up on my kind
I would rather die

It's too late you see
Another one of us will always get away
It won't be long before mistakes are made
Another one of us will find a way
It’s too late

It's too late you see
Another one of us will always get away
It won't be long before mistakes are made
Another one of us will find a way
It’s too late
Another one of us will find a way
It’s too late
It’s too late

Defiled

Written By: Distant Lights

Defiled

A force has taken hold of me
Pulsing through crimson veins
The rapture of an angry sea
Incomplete

The darkness is enticing me
Writhing in ecstasy
I sink into the depths of you
Breaking through

Defiled
Raped and bled
Who let the enemy into the bed

What gave you the right to go
Down below undertow
You’ll dig until the blackened gold
Overflows

And money could never wash away the stains

Defiled
Raped and bled
Who let the enemy into the bed
Denial
Poison spreads
Into the water main
So pour yourself a drink

Money could never wash away the stains
Money can never wash away the stains

Denial
Poison spreads
Money can never wash away the stains

Defiled
Raped and bled
Who let the enemy into our bed
Denial
Poison spreads
Into the water main
So pour yourself a drink

Money could never wash away the stains

Came and Went

Written By: Distant Lights

Came and Went

Seven days till another year
Without you here fades
And I’m on another page
It’s a bitter taste
As I swallow all my expectations
For another day
I’ve got my head against the wall

You came and went
Just like a thief into the night
You know it came as a big surprise
When you threw me aside
Threw me aside

And I blame myself
Cause nobody else can face
The shame that I felt
I’ve got my head against the wall

You came and went
Just like a thief into the night
You know it came as a big surprise
When you threw me aside

Threw me aside
Like a photograph
Frozen since the moment
That you left
Such a fool to think
To think that we would ever
Reconnect

You came and went
Just like a thief into the night
You know it came as a big surprise
When you threw me aside
Threw me aside

Discography

Simulacrum - 2008
Not Thinking Not Dreaming - 2013
Beneath The Waves - 2014
"Untitled" - 2015

Set List

Electric and/or Acoustic

45min to 3.5 hour set length
including select covers

Set List:
Tightrope
What's on Your Mind
Too Late
Suffocating
Blindfold
Came and Went
Make it Go Away
Defiled
Horizon
Heart of Fire
Patience
So Alone
Farther Stretching Atmosphere
Science of it All
Manifest
Metamorphosis
Dystopia
Unity
The Glitch
Emptiness and Ever
Patterns on the rise
Artifice
Grass
Monolith

Covers:
Comfortably Numb
Wish You Were Here
Orestes
Black
Warning
Master of Puppets
Plush
Aenima
Creep
Karma Police
Everlong
#41
Mysterious Ways
Hotel California
A Team
Rocket Man
Viva Las Vegas