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The Mystery Lights

The Mystery Lights release new video for "Too Much Tension," new album out 05.10

Unpretentious and ridiculously tight, The Mystery Lights continue to cruise along as one of rock’n'roll's most noteworthy acts. The piercing riffs of their latest single “Too Much Tension” are cut from the same cloth as acid rock bands of the ‘60s like Count Five. The staunch drum beat that propels the song forward hypnotizes with flair and helps drive home the track’s poised vocals. The confidence that exudes from the NYC quintet is true to the bravado of the golden era of rock'n'roll and contributes to the group's allure. The track's accompanying lo-fi-styled video pays homage to their urban roots and garage rock sound. Their new album Too Much Tension! will be released on May 10. We got the music video for you below. - Rene Cobar


The Mystery Lights unveils single "Follow Me Home" from upcoming LP on Daptone

“Thee in thy panoply” is how Walt Whitman addressed a bi-coastal 19th century freight train, though his words easily apply to NYC's Mystery Lights as well. Their garage-psych panoply is pure Sixties, albeit a variegated Sixties, which makes sense given their origins in California. Rolling Stone just premiered the first single "Follow Me Home" from their upcoming, self titled debut LP, out on June 24 on Daptone Records. The band is scheduled to tour Europe in the late spring. - Brian Chidester, photo by Emily Quirk


Acid in the garage: The Mystery Lights play Baby's All Right on 05.26

Sometimes the most basic things are also the most rewarding: The Mystery Lights' songs may sound like every rocker's first attempt at songwriting (and recording): 3 chords, lots o' screams and waaay too much treble... but the energy and the freshness of their music is an antidote to the sometimes convoluted Brooklyn musical output. The NYC garage rock quartet will bring their acid sounds and wild antics to Baby's All Right on May 26.


JP's CMJ 2014 Day 1: Vomitface, PC Worship, Broken Water, GHXST, Calvin Love, The Mystery Lights, O.J. Pimpson, Dream Police, Echo Bloom

This is my first time covering CMJ. I’d attended in the past, but never with an actual agenda. It’s overwhelming from the get-go. Having an under-established or unclear schedule is like being in a life raft with no oars, in the middle of the ocean. Alone. I made an all too familiar mistake from step one, getting in the artists’ line to pick up my press badge. It was a bit of a wait, but I met a cool dude from a band called Echo Bloom, who calmed my nerves (his band's music excels at that too, see track below), as I was afraid of missing the first showcase I wanted to see, only to find out at the end of said line, that I didn’t have to wait at all. The press booth line was just about non-existent, and the performer booth was kind of spilling over, giving the illusion of two separate lines. What the hell. This kind of set the tone for the day. - Keep reading JP Basileo's CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Day 1 report.


An “Endless Summer” Approach to Psych-Rock: The Mystery Lights

To compliment the lingering haze of this week's scorching sun, it would only seem appropriate to fall in love with the psychedelic twang of The Mystery Lights. The New-York-by-way-of-Cali band has uncovered and reintroduced a vintage sound of surf-psych that combines a rock-n-roll heart with a trippy surf mind. Combining the stabby bi-coastal garage resonance of the 60’s and 70’s with occasional flourishing blues riffs and southern-style soloing, you’d think The Mystery Lights were from everywhere (man), but it seems fitting that they are headquartered both in NYC and California. Frontman Mike Brandon, and fellow guitarist L.A. Solano serve as the backbone of the project, while Alex Amini and Nick Pillot play bass and drums, respectively, in New York, and Joe Styles and Steve Miller play bass and drums, respectively, in California: a pretty cool, and ideal setup. When they get back from China, check them out at Union Pool on September 9th. – JP Basileo

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Psych Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


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