Tuesday, 26 August 2008


If you are in need a serious injection of sunny summer pop loveliness, Headlights are your band. They are an indie threesome from Champaign, Illinois, who deliver a plethora of pastoral pop, that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and mellow your mood. It's like lying in a meadow, watching the clouds drift by and listening to the crows make the most of the farmer harvesting the crops in the distance. This is a corn doll not corn ball experience.

The group are principally made up of Erin Fein on vocals and keyboards, Tristan Wraight on vocals, guitar, plus bass and Brett Sanderson on drums. They formed in 2004 from the remnants of two bands Maserati and Absinthe Blind. They released an E.P 'The Enemies' which was picked up by the Polyvinyl label and re-released in 2005. A debut album 'Kill Them With Kindness' followed in 2006 and they performed a gruelling schedule of 300 gigs up until Spring 2007 when the trio retreated to the nest, for some well deserved R&R.

The nest was an old two-story farmhouse near Champaign from where Headlights began crafting their next full length album, 'Some Racing, Some Stopping' Listening to tracks hatched from this collection, the influence of their semi-rural surroundings is obvious, as the music has a kick back, drink some iced tea and feel the breeze in your hair, quality about it.

Headlights-Cherry Tulips


The band are back on tour, augmented by Nick Sanborn and John Owen, to promote the new album worldwide, throughout the rest of 2008. They bring a reputation for putting on a quality show and are chirpier than a field of crickets, so be prepared to be dazzled by Headlights, my music loving bunnies, hop to the beat and scamper to the sounds of summer.

U.S.A leg of the tour 2008

30th August Champaign, IL Courtyard Cafe
6th September Brooklyn , NY Brooklyn Bridge Park
19th September Madison, WI Forward Music Festival
20th September Urbana, IL Pygmalion Music Festival
27th September Cincinnati, OH Midpoint Music Festival
28thSeptember Columbus, OH High Five
29th September Upland, IN Taylor University

U.K leg of the tour 2008

22nd October Hull, The Adelphi
23rd October Kingston, New Slang
24th October Newport, Le Pub
25th October Exeter, Cavern Club
26th October Belfast, Auntie Annies
27th October Dublin, Whelans
28th October Leeds, The Faversham
29th October London, Windmill




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