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.
In March 2016 State Lights released their 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. 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.
Last year the band played a storming set on The Big Top stage at Indiependence Festival before selling out their headline show at Workman’s Club on Saturday September 24th. 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.
“State Lights – Dublin band whose EP is full of bracing, assured rock/pop tunes and who already have a sound which is aiming for stadiums and arenas. Frontman Shobsy’s voice is one of their key assets, but the musicianship underpinning the songs is also pretty striking at this early stage. The sound of a potentially very large crowd” (Jim Carroll, The Irish Times)
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