Parade of Lights, The Hard Knocks
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
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Parade of Lights
Parade of Lights refer to its sound as “dirty alt-electro meets shoegaze rock,” a fitting descriptor for the Los
Angeles-based quartet’s signature blend of electronics with an indie rock aesthetic that creates a hook-laden,
addictive, anthem-ready sound as familiar as it is strikingly unique.
The band’s primary songwriters Ryan Daly and Anthony Improgo met in 2006, finding an instant connection in
their musical sensibilities. Ryan and Anthony bonded over their mutual love of artists like Failure, My Bloody
Valentine, and Depeche Mode. They began writing together, and their natural creative chemistry led to the duo’s
first collaboration, the band Polus, which soon disbanded due to other obligations. But the two remained friends,
and though short lived, their time together as Polus planted the seeds for what would later take shape in the form
In 2010, while both on tour with other acts in Australia, Ryan and Anthony reconnected and realized their artistic
bond was too rare to pass up. The duo formed Parade of Lights that year and spent the next two years focused
on perfecting the band’s lineup and live show, self-releasing its first EP Born To Live, Born To Love (2012) and
adding Randy Schulte and Michelle Ashley to the lineup the following year.
In early 2013, Ryan and Anthony penned a song called “We’re The Kids,” a buoyant, surging synth-pop number
that fully embraced the Parade of Lights aesthetic. The single was self-released that summer and so undeniable
that radio began spinning the track almost immediately. It’s a rare thing for commercial radio to champion an
unsigned artist but Parade of Lights proved the exception to the rule. The song was quickly added to rotation
on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation, garnering top-10 airplay from the station and gathering traction at terrestrial radio with
support from heavy hitters such as KROQ, Live 105, WEQX, and KXTE. “We’re The Kids” also quickly caught the
ear of Astralwerks Records, who signed the band to its roster in the fall of 2013.
Since signing to Astralwerks, Parade of Lights have been putting the finishing touches on its next EP,
“Golden,” due out in early 2014. The collection, which will include “We’re The Kids,” reveals a range in tone.
The song “Burn” is a raucous anthem that pairs surging guitars with a booming drum groove while the title
track “Golden” builds a propulsive dance melody with layers of static-laced synth and a hook-heavy chorus. It all
leads back to a unified vision that begins when the band first enters the studio.
“All of our songs start and are fully realized in the studio,” explains Ryan. “Whether it’s Anthony bringing in a
drum loop, me bringing in a vocal or guitar riff, a bass riff courtesy of Randy, or one of Michelle’s synth sounds,
they all begin with a single element or defining, recognizable characteristic. We focus on this particular sound until
we feel it’s right, then move on to chords. A great melody set against the right chords can create such a definitive
mood that the song rapidly takes shape and virtually writes itself. Others are more groove-based, and tend to
require us to laser in a loop until it feels right. Sometimes we get lucky and pull together the best of both worlds.”
Parade of Lights has toured throughout California, Utah and Nevada, establishing fanbases in their hometown
of Los Angeles as well as Las Vegas, where Anthony spends much of his time. The group has opened for artists
like Imagine Dragons, Fitz And The Tantrums and The Neighbourhood, and crafted a dynamic live performance
that translates their recorded songs into a captivating organic-meets-electronic stage set. The plan is to tour
extensively throughout 2014 to promote “Golden.”
“Our goal is to make music that resonates in the immediate but that will also stand the test of time,” Anthony
says. We’re constantly pushing ourselves, working to develop our craft, because at the end of the day it’s about
creating a compelling body of work that people connect to.”
For Parade of Lights, the magic is in the collaboration and the connection. The musicians are interested not only
in making lasting music but in creating a complete vision around that music. In addition to doing much of their own
production, Ryan and Anthony are deeply involved in the group’s visuals, both in photography and graphic design.
It allows the band to convey something meaningful in all aspects of their career, augmenting the power of the
“It’s taken us a long time to streamline our process,” says Ryan. “Countless hours and tons of mistakes have
only honed our skills, challenged our boundaries, and made us a better band. For every song we finish, we learn
“It’s very rare that you encounter people you can collaborate with so easily,” adds Anthony. “It almost never
happens and that’s why it’s so important that we solidified ourselves as a unit and created Parade of Lights. We
feel like this is the beginning of something really significant.”
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