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FEDERAL LIGHTS RELEASE FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM; ANNOUNCE CANADIAN SUMMER TOUR DATES.

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FEDERAL LIGHTS RELEASE FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM; ANNOUNCE CANADIAN SUMMER TOUR DATES. 

FEDERAL LIGHTS TO RELEASE FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM, WE WERE FOUND IN THE FOG, AUGUST 27 ON APORIA RECORDS.  FEDERAL LIGHTS SUMMER TOUR DATES IN WESTERN CANADA. LISTEN TO “I SEE LOVE” TODAY. – TOUR DATES BELOW

Winnipeg's Federal Lights are releasing their first full-length album

Winnipeg’s Federal Lights are releasing their first full-length album

Winnipeg’s Federal Lights is a band born out of necessity. Beginning in 2010 as a solo experiment for Winnipeg singer/songwriter Jean-Guy Roy and a chance to explore new sounds, it quickly became a vital bridge back into making music with the release of Carbon in 2011, which was also nominated for “Best Rock Album” at the 2012 APCMA (Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards). Joined by bassist Rob Mitchell (The Attics), drummer David Pankratz (Quinzy), and Roy’s wife, keyboardist/vocalist Jodi Roy, what started as one man in a cold storage room is now a whole theatre of indie rock anthems.

We Were Found In The Fog is a tiny bit more uplifting than Federal Lights’ 2011 debut EP, Carbon.  It feels more like fireflies on a sticky August night, or like a well-worn, paint-peeling porch swing than the raw grit of Roy’s early basement recordings. Maybe that’s because he recently decided to paint the walls of his cold, bare, basement writing space, and only kid-free room in the house, bright lemon yellow.

Sometimes a change in atmosphere can also bring a certain clarity to the writing process, as is the case for album single “I See Love” which will be available online July 16.   A song about the simplicity of love, Roy says it was one of those few and far in between quick ones.  “I was about to shelf it when my wife said to me, ‘What are you doing? That’s the best one.’  So we wrote it up in about 15 minutes, and voila! The Beatles had it right, all you need is love.”

LISTEN TO ALBUM SINGLE “I SEE LOVE” TODAY.

We Were Found In The Fog sees the band at its sharpest.  The hooks are more refined, the lyrics more precise, and Roy’s timeless, resonant voice is as clear as a bright blue Prairie sky. Recorded in the heart of a cold Winnipeg winter, this time around things became more focused and efficient.

The album is a perfect contrast to the room in which it was born and it is a contrast that becomes a central theme for Roy throughout.  “I find myself in a constant balancing act/struggle with being a father, a husband, an emergency response worker and also a working musician. Life is never black and white, it seems. People are capable of being beautiful creatures one minute and horribly dangerous the next.”  The closing track, “This Would Be A Fine Job To Retire From”, explores this battle the loudest and from a very personal perspective. “I like to write about the things that make me uncomfortable. It helps me to find a solution to those issues so that I can overcome them and move on.”

WE WERE FOUND IN THE FOG, TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 27 ON APORIA RECORDS.

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WESTERN CANADA TOUR DATES:

July 17:        Winnipeg, MB @ Old Market Square 12pm

Aug. 16-18: St. Malo, MB @ Rainbow Trout Music Festival

Sept. 3:        Regina, SK @ O’Hanlon’s

Sept. 4:        Saskatoon, SK @ TBA

Sept. 5:        Edmonton, AB @ TBA

Sept. 6:        Calgary, AB @ TBA

Sept. 7:        Kelowna, BC @ Streaming Cafe

Sept 12:       Winnipeg, MB @ WECC

More dates to be announced!

 

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