Fresh from a storming performance at Electric Picnic (where they performed alongside The Kooks, St Vincent and Cigarettes after Sex on the prestigious Electric Arena Stage) State Lights have released “Freedom” which is the follow-up single to “Peace Will Come,” which was supported by 2fm (Ireland’s National Radio Station), featured as the Homegrown Hero and Artist of the week on Today FM, led to a performance on Ireland’s biggest TV show ‘The Late Late Show’ and tallied substantial airplay and support from KROQ Los Angeles, Radio X (UK) and a host of other International radio stations.
“Peace Will Come” laid the foundation for another track mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons). “Freedom” has influences ranging from Kygo to Coldplay and encourages people to break free from oppressive and toxic relationships and coming to terms with ones sexuality; Lead singer Shobsy states “The song is about choosing to set yourself free. Stop waiting around for someone else to do it for you.”
“Freedom” has picked up plays at KROQ Los Angeles, KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KTCL Denver, KBZT San Diego, KCJK Kansas City, KKDO Sacramento, WRIF Detroit, KHTB Salt Lake City, WLKK Buffalo, KFRR Fresno and WZRH New Orleans.
Bonded by their common desire to write giant stadium-sized songs, State Lights formed three years ago at BIMM college in Dublin. Members include singer Shobsy, guitarist Joe Regan, drummer Paul Ridgeway and bassist Noel Perry.
With powerhouse vocals that rival the enchanting beauty of Freddie Mercury and George Michael, “Freedom” is a joyous 80’s-coated ballad that will send your spirits soaring” HotPress
Another slice of classy stadium-sized pop from State Lights, Danny McElhinney, Daily Mail
State Lights – Dublin band whose EP is full of bracing, assured rock/pop tunes and who already have a sound which is aiming for stadiums and arenas. Frontman Shobsy’s voice is one of their key assets, but the musicianship underpinning the songs is also pretty striking at this early stage. The sound of a potentially very large crowd” (Jim Carroll, RTE)
‘Stylististically perched between classic U2 and The Killers, State Lights’ songs are made for radio” Stephen Byrne, Music Editor Golden Plec.
“You get the feeling that this is the start of something big” – buzz.ie