Debut single ‘I Need Time’ released on April 20th.
Singer Shobsy, guitarist Joe Regan drummer Paul Ridgeway and bassist Noel Perry all met at BIMM Music College in Dublin. The atmosphere at BIMM encourages collaborations and musical friendships to blossom. Bonding over a shared interest in classic 80’s music and a common desire to write big stadium sized songs the guys decided to work on a music project. This early incarnation lead to the formation of State Lights in 2014.
Progress was immediate and the band quickly decamped to Granard Co Longford to record their first songs in Joe Regan’s home studio. The first result of these sessions was the ‘Breakout’ EP which articulates tales of young love, rejection and hope underpinned by a classic vocal style wrapped around a big atmospheric sound. ‘Breakout’ quickly gained traction at radio with the band being selected as ‘Artist of the week’ on Today FM . The band received their first UK radio play in March 2015 when they were selected to appear as ‘Shock of the New’ on the influential Jo Good show on XFM while their first US play arrived shortly after through KROQ 106.7 (Los Angeles).
In March 2016 State Lights released its second ep, ‘The Disguise', which entered at No 2 on the Irish ITunes Album charts. The following week the band performed to a sold out Whelan’s show. The gig had sold out some six weeks in advance.
On TV an invitation accepted for April 9 and a storming performance on the Ray Darcy TV show ensued. The lead track from the EP 'Love is in your eyes' has achieved considerable Airplay nationwide and the band were the 'The UTV Irish Artist of the month' which includes stations such as FM 104, Limerick's Live 95 and Cork's 96FM. State Lights were also on the Today FM play list and the RTE 2FM play list together with enjoying support from a wide range of Irish focused shows across the country including Roddie Cleere’s IMS on KCLR 96FM, Rob O’Connor’s Irish Beats on Beat 102 103, John Barker at 98FM and others.
In June they were added to the Playlist of the of the new music syndicated radio show ‘Passport Approved’ which airs weeks on 30 stations globally including KROQ Los Angeles and Flux FM Germany.
The band played a storming set on The Big Top stage at last year’s Indiependence Festival before selling out their headline show at Workman’s Club on Saturday September 24 th. The band also appeared at the influential MUSEXPO Europe showcase at London’s 100 Club last September.
Over the past year State Lights has developed into one of the country’s best new Live bands. The band appeared at both Indiependence & Castlepalooza Festivals, in addition to appearances at the First Fortnight festival for the past two years and a headlining spot at the BT Young Scientist Expo where they performed before 4000 students at Dublin’s RDS Arena.
What the media are saying
"State Lights -
"You get the feeling that this is the start of something big" – buzz.ie
"Amazing to say the least. Their music is spine-
"Dublin’s State Lights show why Irish music is booming in the current climate. A young band armed with some excellent U2-
Video – ‘Love Is In Your Eyes’
Ray Darcy TV Show Performance
Tilted (Cover) 2fm / Studio 8 session for the Eoghan McDermott Show
The Disguise’ EP on iTunes