“Bastard children of the Go-Go’s and the Real Kids.” , Meet – Party Lights

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As I get started on a new round of Meet The Bands, let’s just say my goal is to give you an idea of who the band is. I’m not asking political or philosophical based stuff, my aim is to keep it fun and simple and center the whole thing on the premise that all of you will give the band a listen. Today , it’s time to Meet ,Party Lights. This Meet the Band was made possible by our friends at Hidden Volume Records who will be putting out a new EP from Party Lights sometime soon. And when that EP drops, you can rest assured that I will have it posted for all of you to give a listen to and I’ll urge you to spend some of your hard earned cash on picking up the EP from Hidden Volume. Party Lights are everything they say they are, it’s fun, catchy, infectious in a good way, and they are a very cool band to add to any playlist. I guarantee that you will be impressed enough to listen to this excellent album the whole way through in one sitting or dancing session…your pick.

here is a sneak peek at the cover of their EP out soon on Hidden Volume Records…

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for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?

I posted a Craigslist ad looking for bandmates, but erroneously posted it under “Casual Encounters’. Isn’t that what a bandmate is? I later realized there was a ‘Musicians’ section. Huh. Luckily, Joan and Dave were still interested once I told them what I was really after. Later on we all had a good laugh about that. Joan conned – I mean, gently encouraged – her friend Elliott to join a short while later, but after our album came out last year, he just cracked under the pressure of creating a follow up to that masterpiece and ran off to LA. He’s currently in a much more famous band.

who would you list as your musical influence?

Cheap Trick, The Runaways, The Go-Go’s, The Real Kids, Blondie, The Raspberries, Cheap Trick, Sam The Sham and Cheap Trick.

what’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?

Tom Scharpling started following us on Twitter.

what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.

We hope to record another album before the end of the year because we’re writing like madwomen. We’re also trying to convince Dave to wear eyeliner on stage.

what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

The New Pornographers’ “Brill Bruisers” is incredible. I’ll never get sick of it. Courtney Barnett’s “Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit” is one of the few hyped records that live up to the hype, “IMHO” as the kids say. Reigning Sound can do no wrong in my book and “Shattered” is amazing as expected…Nude Beach’s double album “77” is 70s power pop of the absolute highest order, totally brilliant…and Crushed Out’s “Teeth” is so good that half the songs almost make me cry sometimes.

Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

Facebook is a great way to get the word out about shows, albums and news. Also such a good way to completely throw away 23% of your life. Then I like to dramatically exclaim, “I NEVER HAVE ANY TIME TO GET ANYTHING DONE!” as I scroll through the lives of people who I’ve never met and don’t care about for three hours before bed every night.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.

We pay attention when it’s good. When it’s bad we send a severed horse head to the commenter’s mother.

If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.

Europe and Asia. Joan is from Singapore and we’d all love to go there and hang with her family because they are awesome. We’d love to go to Japan too…and Europe for sure, especially Scandinavia and countries like Spain and France where they really appreciate rock n roll. If we never get to play France then I’ve been studying French the last four years for nothing.

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.

Music IS the soul! Music is everything. There’s nothing better than writing and arranging songs with people you respect as people and musicians. When something comes together at practice it’s just the best. And those 40 minutes on stage – no better feeling in the world. That sounds so dramatic, but it’s true. To have the opportunity to create music with awesome people is incredible.

Any last thoughts for your fans?

Have a good time, all the time.

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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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