The Speedlights
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The Speedlights

Denton, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Denton, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
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The Speedlights @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio

Denton, Texas, United States

Denton, Texas, United States

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"Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More"

A mix of The Raspberries Power Pop Sound mixed with the Revival Mod/New Wave bands from England in the late 70's. - Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More


""I'm Still Waiting" by The Speedlights"

The blissful simplicity of The Speedlights’ “I’m Still Waiting” grabbed my attention within the first few seconds of hearing the guitars playing palm mutes and strained chords. I was elated to hear the pure, unmolested reverberations of jangly clean guitars and naturally overdriven amps accompanied by an unpretentious rhythm section.

The lead singer/guitarist Dwayne Ray projects loud, forceful, and wonderfully unpolished vocals which tell the story of a man who wants a woman, but just can’t seem to get the timing right. The story is told with brief-but-catchy verses that charge forcefully into the loud, group anthem-like chorus. “I’m Still Waiting” delivers exactly what you want from a self-proclaimed “Power Pop’n’Roll” Band: a rhythm you can move to, a melody that sticks in your head, and a chorus so catchy you’ll want to scream right along. It’s that always-refreshing reminder that sometimes in music, the old saying “less is more” is incredibly accurate. Don’t overthink the song; just put it on, turn it up, and sing out loud.

One of my biggest peeves with bands is when they record something that could never be recreated live. Watching a show and feeling like something is missing is always such a bummer. Thankfully, The Speedlights have a sound that, due to a lack of over-processing and unnecessary effects, is truthful; it’s a sound I’m confident will not only sound just as good live as it does recorded, but will more than likely be improved by the energy of an audience that’s dancing and singing. - Wrightgear Music


"the Speedlights EP"

Though the debut from the Speedlights outta Denton, TX is a 2015 release, the band wishes it could be 1979 again! These guys coulda come from New Yawk back in the day with their style of garage pop - shades of The Velvet Underground (the charming jangly, slightly out of tune guitars), The Boyfriends, early Richard Hell and the like permeate their pop-inflected songs - Kool Kat Musik


"The Speedlights, “Gotta Get Back to You”"

HH: Here’s a jaunty little rock tune, never too fussy or self-aware to be enjoyed. Starts and ends strong, opening with satisfying guitar lines and closing with a glumly delivered punchline. I’d bet these guys are fun live.

CM: I see all the comments here about the opening guitar technique and it’s true; it’s not what we’re used to hearing from local acts. It’s a little more ornate than most of the playing I hear on Dallas pop records.

JH: The cool opening riff had me fooled, too. I’m not a huge fan of the rhyming lyrics (too, you, do, etc.), but it’s cute. The guitarist has talent, and the last bit made me chuckle. - DFW Guide Live


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the Speedlights EP - 6 Power Pop Super Hits!  Available on Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify, i-Tunes, and more...  

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The Speedlights outta Denton, Texas. With influences ranging from ‘60s mods to ‘90s Britpop, the Speedlights add in an extra heavy dose of 1970s Power Pop to form a sound that’s not too far removed from Big Star, The Replacements, Cheap Trick or early Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Made up of members of former DFW area bands Jackson 8, Except Europa and Switchblade Razors, the Speedlights honed their tunes for a full year before recently playing their first show to rave reviews. That first gig also doubled as a release party for a six track EP, recorded at Cool Devices Studio with Mark Ryan and Jeff Burke of The Marked Men manning the controls. Dwayne, Josh, and Tony used to play music together back in what? 1992? Well, they've finally all gotten back together and added in the famous Jess the UPS driver for maximum on time delivery of some extra jangle. Stay tuned for more power pop n roll. 

"A mix of The Raspberries Power Pop Sound mixed with the Revival Mod/New Wave bands from England in the late 70's." - Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More, Sweden

“These guys coulda’ come from New Yawk back in the day with their style of garage pop - shades of The Velvet, The Boyfriends, early Richard Hell and the like permeate their pop-inflected songs.” Kool Kat

"The blissful simplicity of The Speedlights grabbed my attention within the first few seconds of hearing the guitars playing.  It’s a sound I’m confident will not only sound just as good live as it does recorded, but will more than likely be improved by the energy of an audience that’s dancing and singing." - WrightGearMusic.com, Dallas, Texas

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