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“Eat Lights; Become Lights mix Krautrock rhythms and celestial drones to heavenly effect” - NME
Become lights were formed in London in the winter of 2007 by Neil Rudd. Neil is responsible for all the writing and recording of ELBL music and is joined for live performances by members of the Eat lights collective, a constantly shifting tableau of gifted musicians. Neil has a deep love of classic German electronic acts of the 1970s, evoking classic kosmische bands, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Can but making the sound very much his own, creating an ever-changing synesthesic landscape of harmony and melody, feedback & drones, played against the driving motorik beat.
Neil is currently working with Malcolm Doherty in London on new Eat lights Become lights music and a new live version of the band
Gigging heavily since their conception, ELBL have steadily built up a reputation as a formidable live act, and the band have played several high-profile shows, including a sold-out tour with New York electronic pioneers Silver Apples as well as being championed by Stuart Maconie on 6 Music’s
Freak Zone and Andy Weatherall on BBC Radio 6 mix.
With the release of their debut single They Transmit in May 2008 on Enraptured Records, ELBL quickly gained critical praise from the likes of the NME, and record of the week slots from Manchester’s Piccadilly Records and Leeds’ Norman Records soon followed. The second single Klustered, released in April 2009. A third single Test Drive was released in February 2011, the B side remixed by electronic music legends Silver Apples. The single was released on cult label The Great Pop Supplement and sold out in only 5 hours.
The bands debut album Autopia was released in March 2011 to rave reviews across the music press.
-4/5 Uncut magazine
-The Quietus 4/5-
"...opening track, 'Test Drive' kicks in with a suitably motorik pulsebeat and a feeling of motion and acceleration, bright raindrops of guitar striking the windshield, the sweeping synths rushing past like blurred midnight motorway lights. But there's a warmth that's often missing from the work of other neo-Krautrock revivalists, a raffish melodic energy that belongs more to classic British indie rock, and the whole is built around a riff so nagging and addictive that it would be churlish to dismiss it in the name of some spurious war on cliché."
-Sounds XP- 4/5
"...the Clinic-sounding melodic synth-throb on ‘Monorail’ or the slower washes of sound that make ‘Stargazer’ even more closely related to shoegaze than the name suggests. But the methodical, metronymic tunes stand out most: the percussive charge under the aggressive electronica of ‘Konst’ and the catchy, propulsive electronica of ‘Test Drive’.
-Album of the week- Norman Records March 2011
"...The 10 songs on this album are really well composed and sound great. They remind me also of Holy Fuck with their propulsive style of songwriting. They are quite exciting to listen to. For some reason they remind me of flying through space on a really badly superimposed background. Most of the tracks on this LP are really top-shelf (well in this country) my favourite at the moment is the powerful "Konst" it just sounds awesome."
The bands long anticipated second album entitled Heavy Electrics was released in September 2012 on Rocket Girl & evolves the sonic template even further and in new unexpected directions.
Heavy Electrics builds on the ideas laid down in Autopia but where Autopia is tight Heavy Electrics is flowing and organic, sounds building upon sounds until they've reached an impossible hight propelled by a thunderous motorik beat.
Heavy Electrics Reviews-
The Quietus 5/5
After devouring Heavy Electrics one is left somewhat fiber-optic, whisked through grimy dystopian streets, into dodgy Replicant bars where rock bands perform in a cages and back again via a spaceship overlooking all. Take off!
"Q" Magazine 4/5
...providing and exciting soundtrack to everyday life.
The Line of Best Fit 7.5/10
Heavy Electrics...something beyond any accusations of mere pastiche, into an album you long to stick on the stereo as you jump in your spaceship and head out on an intergalactic road trip.