Indie pop/rock ensemble Fallen Lights first formed in early 2014 after gathering its members from the Irish towns of Mullingar and Waterford. The band is made up of guitarist/vocalist Graham Dowling, bassist/vocalist Andrew Cody, guitarist Jay Wiley and drummer Ross Maloney, each of whom have either graduated from or are in their final year of musical studies at college.
The foursome have spent the last year of their lives gigging extensively, offering support to the likes of Scouting for Girls, The Academic and, most recently, Ham Sandwich. With an Irish tour set to kick off at The Stables Bar in Mullingar on June 5th and UK dates planned to follow, these guys certainly aren’t messing around when it comes to promoting their soon to be released self-titled EP.
The compilation itself features three tracks, taking off as “New World” dances into a very merry beat and upbeat guitars ahead of a bright and colourful melody. The enthusiastic vocals emit an optimistic attitude as they ring out over the soft yet energetic instrumentation. It’s a laid back and lively anthem that gets things off to a sunny start.
“If I Only Knew” arrives next on an absorbing acoustic riff which leads towards a verse that’s as spirited as it is gentle. Everything remains reserved before bursting into a simple but stirring chorus. The instrumental execution is consistently warm and welcoming, while the vocals and lyrics are rich with feeling and emotion throughout this mellow but moving undertaking.
“When You’re Gone” is another cheerful piece afterwards whose friendly opening instrumentation prefaces a passionate melody. Things become particularly arresting during the chorus as the vigorous vocals resound and build to an even more vivacious second verse. It all makes for a heartfelt and hard-hitting finale.
For a band still in their infancy, Fallen Lights have quite an accomplished sound. Their debut record is a buoyant and encouraging effort that boasts an easy listening style which should succeed in winning them a whole host of new fans. The EP is due to hit the market on May 31st, but in the meantime it’s available to stream on Spotify now.