Lights Resolve

Before we get to our latest feature, we need to make one thing clear – PEV has known about the talented trio of Matthew Reich, Neal Saini and Luke Daniels for some time now. The members of Lights Resolve have been making a name for themselves and we’ve been paying close attention. This is a band we wish we featured sooner; they’ve already released three EP’s and have been on the road with some huge acts such as Panic! At the Disco and The Used, not to mention their appearances at Warped Tour and Bamboozle. 

They’ve been hearing the accolades from Rolling Stone and Alternative Press Magazine as well – how couldn’t we hear about these guys?? But today, we’ve finally gotten a hold of them (thanks in part to one of our favorites: Rock Ridge Music), and we’re going to tell you all about their latest release, “Feel You’re Different”.

Lead Singer Matthew Reich gets into it: “We forced ourselves to step outside of our boxes on this one and really pushed each other to create something that we deemed as super fresh, special and untainted by outsiders.  There are no misses/compromises on this record and everything was planned with extreme detail...from each note of music to each piece of artwork attached; our artistic vision was carried through to the end.” And it gets better – you can hold “Feel You’re Different” in your very own hands very, very soon, exactly on 10/25/2011. You’re going to love this band; PEV knows it. Need further proof? Keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s (and a sweet Arrested Development reference!). 
XXQs: Lights Resolve (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Matthew Reich (MR): It's a bit of noise mixed with rock songs.  I think we're the only band in our genre that's not afraid of either end of the spectrum.

PEV: Based out Long Island, New York, what kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

MR: We all had different influences growing up.  Neal (drummer) was into all of the hair metal and heavy electronic bands thru his older sister's influence while Luke (bassist) was immersed in the Long Island scene.  I grew up on mid/late 90's alt radio.  My first big concert that I went to with my friends was Bush / No Doubt at Nassau Coliseum; the rest were all hardcore shows in basements, churches and VFW halls.

PEV: Tell us your take on the music scene is like in your hometown and what was it like trying to break into it?

MR: There is a non-existent music scene in our hometown.  Most bands break up within a year and it's really hard to align with similar bands.  Some musicians don't see a light at the end of the tunnel or just get discouraged at the very beginning; I can understand why, but we've managed to tough it out together with hearts and daggers.

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live Lights Resolve show?

MR: We have lived for the live show since the conception of this band.  We knew we wanted three guys on stage to sound like an army.  You can expect a deafening, energetic, unpredictable live show and you may even get soaked with water or blood.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

MR: ...Did I zip my fly?

PEV: Having all played, practiced or just been booked with other musicians from time to time, how is playing with Lights Resolve as a group, different then the others?

MR; Lights Resolve is natural, nothing forced.  We go with what works at the time and move with it.  We also had a notion of what the band should be like when we formed it and we have stuck with most of the same ideals through the process, which is a very tough feat.  We have something that most musicians dismiss:  integrity, and that is priceless.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

MR: The music comes from our appreciation of sounds and music.  The lyrics come to me first as subconscious gibberish when we're jamming.  It's my job to listen back to the jams and try to figure out what I'm trying to get out.  When we're in the moment of a jam, I think that I lose myself and make way for what I'm REALLY trying to say.  I find beauty and natural qualities in constructing music this way.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

MR: As a musician/songwriter you always look back and see what right steps you took and where you may have had room for improvement.  Life, in general, is a series of reflections and analysis.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Lights Resolve?

MR: I eat the outside of a banana before I eat the inside (like corn on the cob), Neal is a yoga freak, Duke is a martial arts expert.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a huge – if not the biggest – part of your lives?

MR: I think when I left college to pursue my last band I knew it was music or bust.  I subsequently finished college and still got to do cool things like tour the US and Southeast Asia.  There's nothing like stepping out of a plane on another continent and being driven to a show.  Since then I've had no doubt that I was going to be creating and performing music for the rest of my life.

PEV: Tell us about your latest release, “Feel You’re Different”. What can fans expect from this? How is this different from past works?

MR: Feel You're Differentis our first full-length album to date; we have put out EP's but this is a full, cohesive body of work.  We went into the studio with producer/engineer/mixer Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday) to create and reinvent what Lights Resolve is all about.  We forced ourselves to step outside of our boxes on this one and really pushed each other to create something that we deemed as super fresh, special and untainted by outsiders.  There are no misses/compromises on this record and everything was planned with extreme detail...from each note of music to each piece of artwork attached; our artistic vision was carried through to the end.  We couldn't be happier that it will see the light of day on 10.25.11.

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

MR: We strive to be on the road as much as possible, we've never gotten bored or homesick.  All three of us are happiest when we're in the van driving long hours to the next show.  Best part is meeting a ton of new people from all different walks of life, every person influences you in some way.  Worst part is the financial situation that you are put in as an independent band on the road.  The people who support the band, really DO support the band.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

MR: I have a feeling our band would do well in the UK.  I really hope we get to venture overseas for this record as I believe the good ol' chaps would enjoy the noise.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

MR: Our families and friends have been supportive, some envious.  However, they have also given us the 'really?  you're okay with this being your life?'  Hometown shows are amazing because we really feel the love and support of our most diehard fans and friends who have been there since the birth of what we've created.  I love picking their brains about seeing the band develop through their eyes.

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

MR: We all have jobs on the side to support our music, as any indie artist does.  We all love films and going to the movies.  Duke also likes dressing up as a rat and sniffing around for cheddar in his spare time.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

MR: I've never imagined collaborating with another artist but I suppose Leonard Cohen or Neil Young would be pretty badass.  

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

MR: Lately I've been rocking this band Adebisi Shank.  Really progressive and fun rock band.  

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think each of you would be your career?

MR: Neal would be a professional Vegas gambler with a gut, Duke would be a fledgling magician named GOB(2.0) and I would be boring.

PEV: So, what is next for Lights Resolve?

MR: We will release Feel You're Different on October 25th and then plan to tour as much as we can starting in the new year.  I have a feeling that 2012 will not only be the end of the world as we know it, but will ironically be the start of something new and different for Lights Resolve.

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