Meet – Lights That Change

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FOR FANS OF: Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, This Mortal Coil, For Against, Bel Canto

Lights That Change is an alternative dreampop ethereal wave outfit, hailing from North Wales and headed by producer Marc Joy. Over the past year, Lights That Change have undergone a reformation, with Mandy Clare on vocals, John Bryan on bass and Marc Joy on guitars. They plan ot release their debut album ‘Byzantium’ soon via UK-Canadian label Raphalite Records. Like this single, the LP will feature guest vocals by Rebecca Palin (Golden Fable) and drums by Malcolm Holmes (Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark).

“I’m extremely happy to be involved in Lights That Change,” says Malcolm Holmes. “This has given me the freedom to create something special for ‘Voices’ and the new album doing what I love to do … this is why I started playing drums in the first place”

Lights That Change released their debut EP ‘Rainbow On Your Shoulder’ in 2013, followed by ‘Whispers in February’ and have received notable support from BBC, Tom Robinson, and Amazing Radio, among others. Louder Than War has premiered the new single ‘Voices’, which was released on May 11. The newly-released video is simultaneously premiering in New York’s 50thirdand3rd and Jammerzine.

Hi our name is….

Lights That Change

Our sound is……

Ethereal Dreampop

We are….

Marc Joy, Mandy Clare, John Bryan

We are from…….

Mold, North Wales, UK

Who are some that have an influence on you?

Dead Can Dance, The Cure, The Cocteau Twins

How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band ?

Marc and John have many years of playing in bands. I play guitar on some songs but this is a
recent thing.

Can you tell us about the process you use from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out?

The songs are soundscape, with guitars being put down first, which inspires the next steps which are layering of lyrics and melody. All three of us are involved at all stages.

What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges?

How long have you got??? Many, many challenges. It is a miracle we ever achieve anything
creative at all. We are sure this is the same for many bands. Our saviour is John, who is an excellent cook and always feeds us well during rehearsals.

1st rock concert you went to and age….

The Cramps (Mandy); I was 14 years old. I saw them in Liverpool.

Coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…

I have never been that cool. I once stole one of The Doors from a friend.

The most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….

I saw The Damned when I was about 19 and I got kissed by Rat Scabies.

If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?

To be honest, that would be The Damned (Mandy). Marc would go along with this too.

My youngest son is 14 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…

Make a noise and enjoy it

Your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015..

Some awesome come-backs!!!!

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?…..

We’ve got another single coming called “Starlight’ for release at the end of the month and
we’ll be playing an ace gig in Gdansk, Poland at SpaceFest, where we’ll be sharing the stage
with some guys from the Bad Seeds (Nick Cave’s band). Last year The KVB and Mark
Gardener from Ride played there. We can’t wait!

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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