The Winnipeg band led by Songwriter Jean-Guy Roy is set to release Cam Loeppky recorded debut EP “Carbon” on July 03. The video for the title track is out now and the band prepares to hit the road with Imaginary Cities. Full tour dates are below.
Watch “Carbon” http://tinyurl.com/6o7d543
Stream/Download “I Woke Up” + Media Materials: http://www.killbeatmusic.com/federallights/
When Winnipegger Jean-Guy Roy founded Federal Lights back in 2010, it was a solo basement recording project — the product of stolen early mornings spent experimenting on a bare-bones setup in a cold storage room.
Federal Lights provided a bridge back into making music for Roy, whose previous band, Britpop-influenced outfit The Morning After, disbanded in 2008. Still, Roy wasn’t interested in being a guy-with-a-guitar, nor was he fulfilled by recording lo-fi creative exercises for himself. The songs he was writing — earworm indie-rock anthems with big choruses and even bigger guitars — were meant to be heard live, and they were meant to be heard live with a full band.
Like all good music destined to be discovered, it wasn’t long before those soaring choruses found their way onto Winnipeg stages. Roy enlisted the talents of bassist Rob Mitchell (The Attics), drummer David Pankratz (Quinzy) and his wife, keyboardist/vocalist Jodi Roy, and, by mid 2011, Roy found himself fronting one of Winnipeg’s most buzzed-about live bands.
In fall of 2011, Federal Lights recorded some songs with noted engineer Cam Loeppky (Weakerthans, Greg MacPherson, Cannon Bros.) at his Prairie Recording Co. The result is “Carbon” — a debut EP that captures both the intensity of Federal Lights’ live show as well as the raw grit of Roy’s early basement recordings.
July 09 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos w/ Imaginary Cities
July 11 – Kelowna, BC @ The Habitat w/ Imaginary Cities and Rah Rah
July 10 – Calgary, AB @ The Republik w/ Imaginary Cities
July 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Waldorf w/ Imaginary Cities
July 14- Moosejaw, SK @ 23 Main Street Cafe
July 20 /21/22 – Brandon, MB @ Brandon Folk Festival
July 25 – Winnipeg, MB @ Old Market Square
Aug 10/11/12 – Ear Falls, ON @ Trout Forest Music Festival