Sweet Lights will be playing End Of The Road Festival 2012.
Sweet Lights, a.k.a. Shai Halperin cut his teeth as the leader of The Capitol Years, enjoying varied critical accolades including a Radcliffe and Maconie Single of the Week with “Revolutions”, a live session on BBC Radio 2 with Bob Harris, a barnstorming set at Glastonbury Festival, and high praise from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Sweet Lights’s following is already growing quickly, with early support from Bob Harris and Lauren Laverne.
Shai’s journey as The Capitol Years morphed from a bedroom pop experiment into a five-piece band that saw War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel and David Hartley spending time as Capitol Years members. A brief Clapton/Page/Beck-like period even featured Shai playing guitar alongside Kurt Vile and Granduciel in an early War On Drugs line-up. The Capitol Years toured the US extensively supporting the likes of The Walkmen, the Pixies and Daniel Johnston. Shai’s cover version of Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You in the End” lead to a close working relationship with the legendary outsider artist, and The Capitol Years were recruited for several tours both supporting Johnston and performing backing band duties. Shai began to feel a creative urge to start anew with a new name and a new identity. Having played every instrument on the first two Capitol Years albums, it made poetic sense for Sweet Lights to debut with Shai doing so again.
Sweet Lights is a masterful mixture of dynamic, genre-bending song craft, innovative arrangements and surreal, poignant lyricism. Shai’s work has always been that of a shape-shifting pop auteur, so there’s no need to set your player to shuffle. Sweet Lights retains this singular, yet multi-faceted personality, held together with supreme pop hooks.