COVERAGE BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
It has been two years since being on the road but Lights is back and more powerful and energetic than ever. The fiery red haired musician started her tour on September 22nd at The Novo in Los Angeles, CA in support for Pvris alongside Party Nails. This night was not only special because it was the first night of the tour but it was also the release date of her new album, with comic, “Skin & Earth.” Lights, born Valerie Anne Poxleitner, pulled most of the set list selection from her 2014 album “Little Machines” but still brought out beautifully some new ones from the recent release but put together created a fun and memorable set.
Lights had the middle spot in the lineup which was a great time in the evening because the two level venue was full and so was everyone’s drinks. Singer-songwriter Elana Belle Carroll, also known as Party Nails, got the room dancing with her pop/electro tunes, which help build up the excitement for Lights and Pvris later in the night. At 8:45, the lights went down and Lights’ band took the stage in the dark. After playing a tension building intro, Lights graced the crowd with her presence and started into “Skydiving,” one of the first released tracks off “Skin & Earth.” Fans screamed, gave her gifts and notes and reached out their hands in appreciation and love for the artist with the strong powerful voice in the small stature.
After jam packing five back to back tracks from “Little Machines” the time came for a marathon of new music from “Skin & Earth.” Whether it was the intensity of the excitement or the fact that these new songs are straight “fire,” Lights introduced her band and stripped off her yellow wind breaker, leaving her in a white crop top, black shorts and her well known look of knee high socks and boots. The chosen picks from “Skin & Earth” were placed in a smooth order, “New Fears,” “Savage,” “Moonshine” and “Giants.” I held off on listening to the new album that day because I wanted to hear the new songs from a different approach so hearing a few of these for the first time in a live setting was moving and exciting.
Lights reputation stands tall on stage for this tour. With each band being strongly fronted by females who are making their mark on this industry, this tour is a must see to believe. Party Nails is lovable, kind hearted and fun, Lights is energetic and sexually captivating with her dance moves and Pvris holds some over the top talented musicians with Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian McDonald. The tour lineup may be a big draw in but fans are also loving the fact that a portion of ticket sales are being donated to The Ally Coalition in support of LGBTQ equality. So, support this tour, support these bands and buy a ticket to help support the LGBTQ community.
- From All Sides
- Same Sea
- Running With The Boys
- New Fears
- Up We Go