You may remember hearing about 27 Lights – the local band with a few years of experience, a recording contract with Rock Hollow Records and a new self-titled album. Maybe you heard about the band and its members through school (they’ve amounted a few trophies from school band contests). Maybe you visited their MySpace page when you were bored. No matter how little or how much you know about 27 Lights, you still have a lot to learn.
When lead guitarist Bill Fletcher joined 27 Lights last December, the band decided to try a new approach to their music. Straying away from the self-proclaimed “pop, punk influence,” members Max Kennedy (vocalist), Vince Winik (bass), Ian Carr (rhythm guitar), Bobby Payne (drums) and Fletcher adopted more of an experimental, progressive, rock-infused reggae style. Think relaxing and yet somehow energizing and catchy at the same time.
What’s the secret to their unique style? The band incorporates all types of rock, using a combination of various styles to create a sound virtually incomparable to that of another band. If you happened to intrude upon one of their more recent practices, you might hear a play list ranging from the new song “Pakalolo,” an immediate reggae-rock addiction featuring a lead guitar solo, to “Arnold,” a newer rock song perfect for those days when your windows are open and your radio is blaring.
There is one other aspect that contributes to the band’s individuality: technique. 27 Lights doesn’t adhere to the normal routine of always rehearsing and writing songs as a full band. “We can’t come out and be like, ‘Hey, let’s write a song,’ ” Fletcher says.
By practicing both individually and together, the members are able to mix personal ideas, styles and techniques into each new song.
Intrigued about the renovated 27 Lights? You might not have to await their next album too much longer – the band hopes to spend the summer organizing and recording songs and release a full-length CD in the fall. If you can’t possibly wait until then, check out the band and its music at www.myspace.com/27lights.