thelightshines are ten hands bringing you shimmering jangles, sunshine harmonies, guitars, sitars and half-remembered memories.
Formed from a solo project of the same name, thelightshines released their first single in November 2012 on the legendary Great Pop Supplement label. Released to critical acclaim, and quickly selling out, the Soul to Skin / Love, The Amnesiac single offered a glimpse into the band's lush melodic orientation.
The band spent the following year in the studio, recording their debut album Now The Sandman Sings. A celebratory record, Now The Sandman Sings weaves a symphonic tapestry with influences taken from west coast pop, the paisley underground scene, melancholia, psychedelia, the blues, Indian classical music and folk.
The album was released via The Great Pop Supplement on limited edition split blue and clear vinyl in November 2014 and sold out within 48 hours. In May 2015, thelightshines released 'We Are The Sun LP' a split album release with Chatham Rise, again to much acclaim.
honeyed dreampop with heavenly jangling guitars soundsxp.com
a UK band that has a surface similarity with the Allah-Las as far as 60s jangly psych pop influences. Theres even 80s and 90s elements with The Rain Parade, Shack and Spacemen 3, but also some Middle Eastern melodies and Popol Vuh that make them much more captivating than their peers. fastnbulbous.com
a big amorphous psychedelic pile of sound which crystallises into Ride-like chunks of fuzzgaze manchestermusic.co.uk
thelightshines do an incredible job of walking the tightrope between jangly, psychedelic pop and some incredibly out-there trippiness. Dispatches From The Panda Room
A 3 piece band from Manchester.
"Tonight's Xposure hot one, this comes from a band who've been featured many many times with every single one of their new releases, it sounds fantastic, a real step in a different direction for them, but they really pull it off in a fantastic way, this is pretty epic.
Hey Bulldog tapping into a lot of their heritage shades of New Order, shades of The Longcut but they also stick proudly to their grungy guitar roots, fantastic stuff."
John Kennedy Radio X
On the bands' Latest single 'No future (Part II)'Which has received great reviews, multiple BBC 6 Music and Radio X plays and the XS Manchester evening show track of the week.
The Bands' previous five singles all mixed by EMI producers Boe Weaver (Archie Bronson Outfit, Pete Molinari, Whyte Horses, Wolf People, 77:78),
have all been featured by BBC 6 Music and exclusively revealed on Radio X as John Kennedy's Xposure Hot One's.
'Stranger' and 'Al Lupo' also made it onto Seattle's KEXP,
'Al Lupo' was playlisted on Amazing Radio after winning the Audition Show poll becoming the bands' second single to do so after 'Under My Spell' was also playlisted
They've been played by Steve Lamacq , Chris Hawkins BBC 6 Music, Radio X, Planet Rocks/Mojo Magazine's Phil Alexander, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio.
Reviewed by Little Indie Blogs, Mad Mackeral, Louder Than War, Killing Moon and Backseat Mafia.
In 2018 the band played the Calling out Stage at Kendal Calling Festival, nationwide UK gigs included The Garage and Victoria in London, alongside their own sell out headline shows.
They've supported Moon Duo, Syd Arthur, The Liminanas, Joel Gion (BJM), King Tuff, The Lucid Dream, 10,000 Russos, Spindrift, The schizophonics, Sextile.
The Elephant Trip
The Elephant Trip are a band from Oxford, England, fronted by Joe Chapman (also of The Neon Violets, Fire Healer) and featuring Peter Oliver on drums, Jack Hally on electric sitar guitar/sitar and Marc Burgess on guitar. The bands sound echoes the psychedelic music of the mid to late 60's.