The Lighthouse Bring Sunshine and Substance from Across the Pond

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The Lighthouse Bring Sunshine and Substance from Across the Pond
The Lighthouse have somehow fit in a hundred shows, a major European festival appearance, an EP, and a couple of singles into the past year alone.
The five-piece has broken onto the scene across the pond, spreading their self-called “melodic cocktail” of vocals and instruments that almost dare you not to smile. Aptly part of Feels like Friday records, the group is often compared to Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975 but have mastered the delicate balance of familiar and unique, compelling you to give their short and sweet collection a full listen.
The Lighthouse packed a quick Q&A into their crazy busy week (all questions and answers are written to avoid the pesky international call charges.)
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What is the story of your band coming together?
Bram and Willem (vocals/guitar and keys/backings) came together in 2010 already. They started gigging as The Lighthouse with just the two of them, playing acoustic guitar and keys and both on vocals. In the years that followed there were quite a lot of changes in the team adding other instruments and changing members. But since two years we found this steady configuration that’s working out quite fine! We all know each other trough mutual friends and happy coincidences, but we get along pretty well now ūüôā
How did you pick your name, The Lighthouse?
This is probably the least interesting story ever.¬†In the old days,¬†when it was just Bram and Willem, there was a statue of a lighthouse standing on Willem’s desk (where they rehearsed). So there you go… For future reference and added¬†streedcred¬†let’s just say that Bram used to go to a lighthouse to write songs, to get inspired by the sound of the waves.
Who and what inspires you?
Music wise we each have our own influences ranging from the purest of pop (<3 taylor, JT en Bruno) to jazz (Snarky Puppy, BadBadNotGood) , hiphop (Anderson Paak! Chance The Rapper!)  and everything in between. But the common denominator is definitely indiepop/rock like Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, The Wombats, Phoenix, etc. For our songs we can find inspiration in almost everything, from everyday worries to global topics.. Of course love and girls are a steady source of inspiration, but we try to add a more abstract layer and deeper meaning to most of our songs and that can really touch upon every topic.
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What is your funniest story about playing a show?
We once arrived at a show to find out we forgot the bass guitar. This was pretty funny, except for the bass player. We actually think he might still be angry about that..
How do you feel you’ve grown as a group over the past year?
We’ve accomplished so much the past year, it’s really astonishing if we think about it. This time last year, we were just finishing up our first studio recordings, since then we released our debut EP and a follow up single. We’ve gotten national airplay and attention and have played a ton of shows in Belgium and¬†abroad. You really feel there’s a buzz around the band now. It’s nice to see that our hard work pays of. And all this work, also means we’re spending more time with each other then with our girlfriends, so we’ve grown¬†pretty tight as a group. Wouldn’t want it any other way though!
What’s happening with your debut album?
The first week of March we’re hitting the studio again. We have some new songs ready and there’s definitely going to be a new single before summer. We’re not sure about that album though. We feel like we’re still searching for our¬†signature sound if you want to call it that. We’re currently experimenting with a lot of different producers and seeing where it leads us. We have the feeling there’s still room for growth, so we definitely don’t want to rush for an album. There might be another EP on it’s way¬†though, but we won’t make any promises.
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Who all would be on your dream tour?
That’s a though one! But I think something along the lines of Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Phoenix,¬†The Wombats and The 1975 would come very close, and us of course!
What else should we know about you?
We love to hear from fans, so if you like our music and want to share something, do reach out to us. We’re excited to get to know you!
Editor’s note: They really do respond to Facebook messages, usually within a few hours.
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Reach the writer: @taylormgilliam

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