New Orleans rockers Spylights have honed an exciting sound that harnesses elements of prog and post-rock with metal as well as more melodic influences.
The band initially started out as the personal project of songwriter Vinny Giovanni, more on that below, before adding Tommy (bass), Brett (drums),
Randon (guitar) and Sage (horns) to the mix. They released their debut self-titled EP in May, from which they sent us one of the heavier tracks – they know us too well – Constellations to have a listen to.
It opens up with a barrage of heavy guitars, sweeping synths and a spinning guitar lick over pounding drums, then drops into a light opening verse. The heaviness soon returns as heavier vocals pound away over another a smash of guitars and drums.
Another chilled out verse builds courtesy of unrelenting drums into a shorter chorus of “I’m not gonna waste away inside this drunken fucked up town, There has to be more than this stream than the bullshit that I’ve been fed by now.” That continues into more drawn-out vocals and a meandering riff over heavy guitars and drums, before dropping into another quieter section.
It soon descends into a mass of noisy rock goodness, then little guitar licks are answered by big low-tuned retorts to bring the track to an end. Check it out in the awesome anime video below:
Almost as epic as this track is the album’s true opener Batty Fang, which opens with dramatic high-pitched guitars then a meandering guitar lick over an atmospheric backdrop. A repeating piano line leads into a verse that gradually builds up to a powerful chorus of vocals over heavy guitar chords.
We had a chat with Vinny to find out a bit more and discover the origins of the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Spylights?
VG: “We are a 5 piece rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana. The band started as just me in a bedroom writing, recording, and singing all the tracks. Now, a couple of years later, we have a full band and are rehearsing for our first set of live shows this year!”
GR: You just released Constellations. What should people be expecting from the song?
VG: “Constellations is one of the heavier as well as one of the more melodic and colorful songs on the record. It’s a little all over the place.
“The song is about following your true passions and goals in life no matter how long it takes to happen. The track blends some different styles and feels and has a slight prog-rock and metal edge to it. The song was written about the trials and tribulations of getting where you want to be in life, and the mindset and sacrifices that sometimes need to be made for it to happen.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
VG: “We are generally a rock band, but we love and are influenced by all kinds of music from many different generations and genres. We try to blend different styles of alternative rock, hard rock, prog rock, metal, post-rock, pop-rock, and singer/songwriter together to make our sound what it is.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
VG: “Depends really on what kind of mood I’m in or what I’m going through at the time, but I can generally get inspired by either the positive things or the negativity, disorder, and stress that we all go through. It’s always a toss-up.
“When it comes to a theme, the songs are mostly about knowing your true self-worth, fighting through the trials and tribulations, inner strength and integrity, and keeping an open mind to whatever may come your way.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
VG: “Throughout my life, I’ve listened to and been inspired by so many artists, but my favorites are Queen, Toto, Iron Maiden, Michael Jackson, John Mayer, Glassjaw, and Plini.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
VG: “Well, we just released our first music video for one of our more chill and introspective songs called The Empath. We are also rehearsing diligently for our live show, and will be starting to record our second EP at the beginning of 2020!”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
VG: “I’d like everyone to know that we write, record, and produce our own music. We are not trying to be the biggest band in the world, we just want to connect to you with our music. The lyrics have been written from and through plenty of tough trials, life experiences, depression and uphill battles.
“I would just like to say that I hope everyone enjoys the tunes and I hope they connect with you as they do us. Thanks for showing our band some love, as a new artist we really appreciate it tenfold!”