The Lightyears

The Lightyears

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When UK 3-piece The Lightyears toured to Philly last year, here's what the press said: "I haven't been this excited about British pop since I discovered The Beatles. The Lightyears, simply put, are incredible." (RACHEL PERRY, PLAYPHILLY.COM, PHILADELPHIA USA)

Biography

The Lightyears play intense and catchy pop-rock, characterised by driving keyboard riffs, punchy guitars, solid grooves and soaring vocal harmonies.

Live highlights in the UK include Liverpool’s Cavern Club, Glastonbury Festival and The Marquee. Since 2006 the band have been touring internationally, playing the French Alps, Belgium, Ireland, South Korea and the East Coast of America. In the USA the band appeared on national radio and played two sell-out shows in Philadelphia on two consecutive nights.

Last May The Lightyears won BEST POP/ROCK ACT at the UK INDY Awards. More recently the band have begun recording with top producer Hugh Padgham (Sting & The Police, Genesis, Paul McCartney, David Bowie) and toured to Phuket in Thailand.

The new year began with a sell-out show at London's famous Water Rats venue and a nomination for the 2008 INDY Awards. Tour dates across the UK, along with a return to East Asia, are planned for later this year.

For more information visit www.TheLightyears.com.

''The Lightyears are the hottest unsigned band in London"
ROB WRIGHT, THE LONDON TIMES

“The Lightyears are definitely one of the best unsigned bands that I have ever seen or heard…”
HUGH PADGHAM, PRODUCER

"For an indie-pop band they've got a very mature body of work. If the La's and Wham! had a bastard pop-child they'd sound like this..."
BRUCE WARREN, PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, WXPN PHILADELPHIA USA

"Their signature track "Emily" could have charted in any of the past four decades..."
MAIN LINE TIMES, ARDMORE USA

"The Lightyears are being widely touted as Next Big Things"
LONDON METRO

“The Lightyears - back by popular demand”
THE SEOUL TIMES, SOUTH KOREA

“Gorgeous, harmony-filled melodies - proof that intelligent pop still exists”
HOT PRESS, IRELAND

“One of the hottest bands in the UK”
IMAGE ASIA EVENTS, THAILAND

Discography

EMILY (2007)
Three as yet unreleased tracks produced by Hugh Padgham (The Police, Genesis, Paul MacCartney). Title track "Emily" has received national airplay in the US on WXPN Philadelphia.

PHOENIX (2006)
Self-released 5-track EP

MISSION CREEP (2005)
Self-released 11-track album

RUMOUR GOING ROUND (2004)
Self-released 4-track EP

THE LAST MEN ON EARTH (2003)
Self-released 3-track EP

FLYING BLIND (2002)
Self-released 11-track album

BITTERSWEETCALM (2001)
Self-released 13-track album

MILLDOWN (1997)
Self-released 10-track album

Set List

Typical originals set:

SHE'S THE ONE
BEAT ALIVE
SLEEPLESS
MILES AWAY
FILMSTAR
THIS HOUSE WILL BURN
LOVECATS (cover)
EMILY
ENGLAND

ENCORE:
BANANA REPUBLIC
THE LAST NIGHT

We tend to headline our London shows and play for around 45 minutes, usually with an encore.

We also have a covers set comprising upbeat dancefloor fillers from the past five decades. Our forte is playing high-energy 50s rock and roll numbers featuring 3-part harmonies.

Typical covers set:

CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU
MY GIRL
STAND BY ME
BEYOND THE SEA
BOHEMIAN LIKE YOU
TEENAGE WEDDING
LA BAMBA
I SAW HER STANDING THERE
A LITTLE RESPECT
LOVECATS
CROCODILE ROCK
TUTTI FRUTTI
ALL THESE THINGS THAT I’VE DONE
SATISFACTION
JONNY B GOODE

TWIST & SHOUT
BROWN-EYED GIRL
DON’T STOP ME NOW
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
JAILHOUSE ROCK
MUSTANG SALLY
COME UP & SEE ME
PARKLIFE
CHELSEA DAGGER
I BET THAT YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR
BACK FOR GOOD
CHASING CARS
500 MILES
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU