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1 July - 28 July
Freak Flags - An Exhibition by CMRTYZ
29 July - 17 September
People. Places. Things - an exhibition of photographs by Laura Lewis
Eat Lights Become Lights
July 17, 7:00pm
BUY EAT LIGHT BECOME LIGHTS NEW ALBUM 'MODULAR LIVING' FROM MONDAY 15th JULY AT ROUGH TRADE EAST AND COLLECT YOUR WRISTBAND AT THE SAME TIME, ANY REMAINING WRISTBANDS WILL BE GIVEN OUT 1 HOUR PRIOR TO THE STAGE TIME...ONE PER PURCHASE
If pre-ordering via mail order...Upon checkout please indicate in the notes section whether you would like to collect the album on the evening along with a wristband. If you do not do this, shipping will automatically be charged once the order is processed.
"Eat Lights Become Lights mix Krautrock rhythms and celestial drones to heavenly effect" - NME
Eat Lights Become Lights was formed in London in late 2007 by Neil Rudd, who writes, records and produces the music. Explaining the origins of the band name, Neil says, "I was looking for an interesting title to hang the music on. Something memorable, but not the usual one word band name thing, which is so common in this kind of music. I like that it's kind of a statement or mantra alluding to something a bit nebulous and indistinct."
The trademark Eat Lights Become Lights sound owes much to Neil's love of German avant rock and electronic music of the 1970s. Using analogue and software synths alongside traditional guitar, bass and drums, he painstakingly constructs an ever-evolving synthetic landscape of harmony and melody, feedback and drones but always underpinned with driving, insistent motorik percussion.
Neil outlines his inspirations, including minimalist American composers and key players in the Nineties wave of British psychedelic bands who helped bring the German sound back to prominence: "Initially I was more influenced by minimalist and drone artists - Spacemen 3, early Spiritualized, Loop, Steve Reich, Ali Farka Toure, as well as the more obvious electronic sources, Kraftwerk, Cluster etc etc. As the music developed I could see I was kind of painting myself into a corner, so to speak. I think that's when the more electronic based influences started taking over, they presented an almost limitless palette of sounds and variations, especially within the creation stage of making the music."
The band soon built a solid reputation for intense live shows, as well as running their own nights under the suitably reverential and descriptive title Klub Motorik. They toured alongside veteran electronic pioneers Silver Apples on a sold-out joint tour and have played as guest "sound carriers" for legendary Can singer Damo Suzuki's astonishing improvised live performances.
From the chiming opening of Modular Living's title track, it's evident that this is an Eat Lights Become Lights classic in the making, the synthetic surfaces yet more highly polished and gleaming like the chrome fins of a streamlined rocket ship on its ascent to the heavens. A sense of unstoppable forward motion into a crisp, bright tomorrow ripples throughout the album, even when kicking back into the languid electronics of a track like "Rowley Way Overlook," whose hazy calm speaks of low-gravity stasis as humanity migrates gently to the stars.
At moments when the pace steps up, to the frenetic rhythms of "Elektromagnetika" or as "13th Looking South" unfolds like an endless desert highway, there's no doubt that this album will liven up its listeners' day, whether exploding live onstage or purring away beneath the dashboard. In a modern musical landscape packed with devotees of that science fiction future, it's good to know that Eat Lights Become Lights have done the research at the source, and that Neil Rudd has put not just the time but his very heart and soul into the music which expresses his utopian belief in better things yet to come, tinged with a nagging concern that dystopia is never too far away.