Tomorrow, Norwich five-piece Lightscape look to make an impression with their new EP – ‘Circles’. Its six songs of slick, anthemic rock that takes its cue from Thirty Seconds To Mars and a wealth of “BritRock” bands to do the rounds in recent years. Songs such as ‘By Design’, More to Life’ and ‘Press Rewind’ are dominated by monstrous instrumentation and Will Overton’s soaring vocal prowess. While ‘Circles’ and ‘Haven’t Got The Time’ showcase their use of electronic flourishes. Overall, the EP is threaded together through a theme of unity and coming together through troubled times.
As they prepare for the imminent release of ‘Circles’, we spoke to Lightscape to find out what albums have inspired each member of the band.
Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
Sam Nichol (guitar): This album for me sums up everything I love about music, It takes you on a journey, The lyrical content is bold and stands for something. Musically there are brutal heavy moments with huge riffs (‘The Appeal & the Mindsweep I’) and there are also some of the most pretty and heartfelt moments (‘Dear Future Historians…’).
All of the above gives me the inspiration and confidence that I can write whatever I want to write and not be held to any “genre rule”. The world needs more brave musicians and less, safe, manufactured pop.
Bon Jovi – Keep The Faith
Ben Ashcroft (guitar): Growing up, I was subject to a lot of rock music. This band always stood out to me. They’re up there with the best songwriters of their generation. ‘Keep The Faith’ has everything. You have the “pop” track with ‘Keep The Faith’, the power ballad with ‘Bed Of Roses’. The epic ‘Dry County’ and then just to top it off, ‘In These Arms’ is songwriting perfection.
It proved to me that you don’t have to have an album that consists of the same style! You can mix it up! That’s a very important part of Lightscape. There is no right or wrong. There are no rules. Be who you want to be!
Coheed and Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Christy Bullen (bass): This album, for me, combines prog with hard rock, with some beautiful melodies within their songs. The first time I heard ‘Welcome Home really opened up my eyes to some guitar-driven music but with very high vocals, not just the usual gruff growls!
Jimmy Eat World – Futures
Will Overton (vocals): This is pretty much the only album that I can go back to, over and over again and never get tired of. For me, it has everything, such diversity in feel between the tracks; great melodies, originality, the lot. I still think it sounds fresh today and it’s 13 years old!
Angels & Airwaves – I-Empire
Jimmy Nichol (drums): This album for me has always been the basis of what I like in music; great melodies and massive atmospheric sounds. Even though it’s not something I listen to much anymore it still blows me away. Atom Willard’s drums on that album have always been a huge influence and it taught me to keep things basic and to let other elements speak to the listener.
‘Circles’ EP by Lightscape is released on December 1st.