Live Footage: The Mystery Lights Perform Material off “Too Much Tension!” at Paste Studios

Comprised of founding members Mike Brandon and L.A. Solano with Alex Q. Amini and Zach Butler, the New York-based quartet The Mystery Lights have received attention across the blogosphere for an old-timey garage rock/garage psych sound and aesthetic that recalls The Who Sings My Generation-era The Who, The Animals, Raccoon Fighter, The Black Angels and 70s art punk — and for being the the first rock act to sign with Daptone Records subsidiary Wick Records.

Interestingly, the band can trace its origins back to Salinas, CA where Brandon and Solano grew up, met and played in a nubmer of different local bands in their teens before relocating to New York. The band’s lineup solidified with the addition of Alex Amini, Kevin Harris and Noah Kohll. And despite lineup changes, the band initially developed a word-of-mouth reputation over the period of a few years for explosive live shows across town. Naturally, those live shows helped the band develop their sound and approach.

2016 saw the release of the band’s self-titled debut, which they supposed with a wild array of touring, including the now-prerequisite stop at SXSW. Over the past couple of years, the members of The Mystery Lights have been relentlessly playing shows everywhere — and they’ve been busy writing and recording, their Wayne Gordon-produced sophomore album Too Much Tension! Recorded at Daptone Records’ famed House of Soul Studios, the recently released album finds the band digging deeper into their influences to enrich their sound — without echoing the past. Thematically, the album touches upon substance abuse, self-care and the recognition of happiness only once it’s lost, imbued with a post-modern anxiety.

The New York-based band was recently invited to Paste Studios at Manhattan Center to perform material off the new album that included the fed-up anthem “I’m So Tired (of Living in the City),” the tense and uneasy “Someone Else Is In Control,” the slow-burning The Animals-like ballad “Watching the News, Gives Me The Blues,” and the rollocking “Traces” — and all of the tracks performed at the live session were delivered with the raw, fiery intensity of their live set.

The band will be embarking on a North American tour to support the new album that begins with a May 18, 2019 Album Release Show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Check out the tour dates below — and catch them if they’re in your town. Throughout the fall, the Brooklyn-based garage rockers will be touring throughout Europe.

North American Tour Dates

5/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – Release Show
5/31: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
6/1: Washington, DC @ DC9
6/2: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
6/4: Atlanta, GA @ 529
6/5: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
6/7: Dallas, TX @ Sundown at Granada Theater
6/8: Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/10: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
6/11: Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
6/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
6/13: San Francisco @ The Chapel
6/15: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
6/16: Vancouver, BC @ Static Jupiter
6/17: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
6/18: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/20: Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
6/23: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
6/25: Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
6/26: Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at The Crofoot
6/27: Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern
6/28: Montreal, QC @ L’Escogriffe
6/29: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs

European Tour Dates

9/5: DE, Münster @ Gleis 22
9/6: NL, Amsterdam @ Paradiso Noord
9/7: DE, Hamburg @ Molotov
9/8: NL, Asten-Heusden @ Misty Fields
9/12: UK, London @ Dingwalls
9/15: BE, Leffinge @ Leffingeleuren
9/17: DK, Copenhagen @ Loppen
9/18: SE, Stockholm @ Bar Brooklyn
9/19: NO, Tromso @ Driv
9/20: NO, Bergen @ Landmark
9/21: NO, Oslo @ Vulkan Arena
9/22: DK, Aarhus @ Atlas
9/23: DE, Hannover @ Lux
9/24: DE, Berlin @ Kantine Am Bergain
9/25: DE, Mainz @ Kulturclub Schon Schon
9/27: DE, Nuremberg @ Hemdendienst
10/1: UK, Manchester @ Night & Day Cafe
10/2: UK, Leeds @ Belgrave
10/3: UK, Newcastle @ Cluny 2
10/4: UK, Glasgow @ Broadcast
10/5: IE, Dublin @ Sugar Club
10/6: UK, Birmingham @ Hare & Hounds
10/10: FR, Lille @ L’Aeronef
10/11: FR, Rouen @ Le 106
10/12: FR, Nantes @ Stereolux
10/14: FR, Rennes @ Ubu
10/15: FR, Paris @ La Maroquinerie
10/16: BE Eupen – Alter Schlachthof
10/17: BE, Brussel @ Botanique
10/18: NL, Nijmegen @ Doornroosje
10/19: NL, Rotterdam @ Left of the Dial
10/23: FR, Belfort @ La Poudriere
10/24: CH, Basel @ Kaserne
10/25: CH, Luzern @ Südpol
10/29: ES, Donostia @ Dabadaba
10/30: ES, Madrid @ El Sol
10/31: ES, Vitoria @ Helldorado
11/1: ES, Barcelona @ Upload
11/2: ES, Benidorm @ Funtastic Dracula Carnival
11/4: ES, Sevilla @ Sala x
11/5: PT, Lisbon @ Sabotage