New band of the day: Daytona Lights

Daytona Lights 
With a stripped down sound and fascinating rhythms Daytona Lights don’t sound like anybody else.

There is an artfulness about their music, they cite Jarvis Cocker and the Beatles and sound like neither, maybe they mean that very British spirit of experimentation, stripping guitars and rhythms down to their core and building anew music. 
All I can think of is mid period XTC when they were doing those fascinating things with their drums and leaving lots of space in their sound. Daytona Lights have a quiet intensity and a burning melodicism that sets them apart. Produced by Steve Levine, the legendary producer who produced the first Clash album and went on to Culture Club they sound like neither of those either. They are true originals in a massively over subscribed field of guitar bands and that’s a fine and rare thing.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. […] Daytona Lights are very much a band on the up. Fresh faced and with an addictive joy to what they are doing they know how to cut a joyful sound. On their demos they managed to find some kind of new area in the very cluttered indie guitar field with their use of space and great harmonies. Live, through a small PA it’s tricker to find that space but they still manage to sound completely original and have a real sense of melody about their songs. […]


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