From: MI, United States
Genre: Alternative/Alt. Rock, Indie, Space
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On the heels of the release of their debut LP, Kensington, I Love Lightning Bugs is gearing up for a bonus edition of the album, complete with an original comic book with the band members as characters in a rock n’ roll adventure. Mikel O.D.’s review of Kensington raves “the hobbling bass line of "Not the Hopeless Kind" evolves into an inspiring sing-along track with touch a of shoe gaze… imagine capturing Pavement's most accessible moments and crossing them with epic sensibilities of Echo and the Bunnymen.” Shelton Ivany describes Kensington as "an amazing album just for me. This is where the soul of man never dies. the greatest legacy of the music is the sense of soulful menace that many singers will try to imitate but never will. A "must buy" album. "
I Love Lightning Bugs formed just two years ago and marked its territory on the Detroit music scene quickly by working local stages of Ferndale, Berkley and Detroit proper. In March 2011, the band was dubbed CW50's 2011 Best Blowout Band after an unstoppable performance in the Metro Times Blowout in Hamtramck which brought Ryan Allen of Patch.com to rave about their melodramatic, bass guitar driven style, and their "grandiose moves of U2, Psychedelic Furs, the National and New Order." Allen says, "It's uplifting music for a depressing time.” The beloved three-piece, I Love Lightning Bugs could easily soundtrack Detroit’s recent bounce-back into the mix of great American cities. Delivering an eclectic mix of indie rock with a compelling retro spin, the band is a breath of fresh air to the Detroit music scene and to rock and roll in general.
From there, notoriety grew, and the follow-up performance was a sold out show with Bear Lake at Ferndale’s Magic Bag. Along with consistently well-attended local rock-room shows, ILLB was invited to play the Detroit River Days Festival, Arts, Beats and Eats and Ferndale's DIY Music Fest. They’ve also made it to some successful performances in Brooklyn, New York.
Reminiscent of Frank Black and Bono, lead vocalist Reid Mclellan captivates the crowd with palpable energy and charisma, while the intricate bass lines of Rob Shelby drive the melodic songs. Rounding out the on-stage trio is Angie Kaiser on drums, whose creative style makes the three-piece group sound much larger. “Remember when U2 meant something? Imagine that, with some pop-punk and some anthemic indie rock (Arcade Fire or something) thrown in. The songs are obviously impassioned and the band are furious musicians,” Brett Callwood of Metro Times' City Slang articulates of the inspired yet fully unique stylings of the band. Seeing I Love Lightning Bugs live will take the audience back to its favorite memories of ‘90’s concerts, complete with some Sonic-Youth inspired controlled feedback.
Stay tuned for the soon to be announced release date of the bonus comic book edition of Kensington and in the mean time, rest assured that the band continues to write new songs in its Royal Oak studio in preparation for its next album. Visit http://ilovelightningbugs.com/ for news and upcoming shows.
Prompted by a rousing performance witnessed at the Metro Times Blowout, Ryan Allen of Patch.com raved about ILLB's melodramatic, bass guitar driven style, and their "Grandiose moves of U2, Psychedelic Furs, the National and New Order." Allen lauded, "It's uplifting music for a depressing time.”
Reminiscent of Frank Black and Bono, lead vocalist Reid Mclellan quickly captivates the crowd with his energy and charismatic style, while the intricate bass lines of Rob Shelby carry the melody-centric songs. Rounding out the on-stage trio is Angie Kaiser on drums, whose creative style makes the three-piece group sound much larger.
I Love Lightning Bugs is gaining fans and credibility as they work local stages in Ferndale, Berkley and Detroit, while some performances have taken them as far as Brooklyn, New York. Currently, the band is spending time Playing live in Michigan to support their debut album "Kensington" which is currently available on iTunes, Amazon music and many other digital outlets. Catch a memorable evening from these fast up-and-comers and you'll be able to say you saw them when...