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Distant Lights / Press

“Distant Lights is a group from Austin, Texas and forged a high level pop/rock album in 2013 named Not Thinking Not Dreaming. This album gets better as it goes along, climaxing with the anthemic and emotional closer “Horizon”. Some of the highlights along the way include the brilliantly composed “Suffocating”, the catchy and upbeat “Heart of Fire”, and the ballad “Make It Go”.”

“Not Thinking Not Dreaming finds a link between casual listeners of radio rock and die hard prog-rock fans. Distant Lights has created an album that draws you in with catchy vocal hooks and excellent rock riffs and keeps you in with it's musical depth and intricacies. This is an album you can't listen to just once. On this album, Distant Lights manages to take formulaic rock songs and litter them with rhythmic brilliance, excellent vocal depth and range, and guitars that flash and awe with not even a hint of egotism. It’s the little things that can make an album stand out in an over saturated genre, and Distant Lights executes these little things in a big way. In an over polluted genre, it’s hard to stand out (especially in a good way), but Distant Lights finds themselves doing just that with Not Thinking Not Dreaming. The album has all the necessary pieces to grab any casual rock listener, and enough depth and intricacy to keep even the pickiest rock snob drawn in.”

“There's nothing new about trend-setting music hailing from Austin, Texas. But this outstanding debut work by native group Distant Lights adds to that phenomenon.”

Doug Hinson - Progressive Magazine

“...you never know quite what to expect from moment to moment, except that it will most likely be wonderful. Simulacrum is a complex, layered progressive rock opus...”

“They’ve perfected the art of intensity, and the musicianship is absolutely on point, from the distinct riffing and drum work that never falters. And don’t get me started on the vocals: they’re distinct, controlled, and put simply, superb.”

“..successfully welds commercial pop melodies with the instrumentation and dynamics of progressive rock. The result is a consistently catchy and pleasant indie rock album with prog rock accompaniment and arrangement. It’s a sound you should definitely hear, and more bands should try to create.”

“This album felt like a journey. From beginning to end it is profound, intense, and feels like a story is being told. Staump.com highly recommends everyone to get a taste of Distant Lights. The album is well worth the money because of the music and the beautiful artwork that comes with the CD.”

“It’s an ambitious debut album which has enough in it to warrant several listenings, and reveals new things each time. Rarely do so many disparate elements get fused together so strongly...”

“As much as I adore virtuosity and complex arrangements, I also admire good, simple songwriting. Very often we’re given one or the other by bands, and while that’s fine, the most respectable acts fuse them. With Simulacrum, Distant Lights has done just that.”

“Distant Lights is an extreme musical group filled with heart wrenching melodic lines that weave in and out of deeply symbolic lyrics. These musicians from Austin, Texas came out with their debut album, "Simulacrum," and certainly left an impression.”

“In a world of one-hit-wonders and Mp3 singles, it's good to know that creating a full-length album is an art form that still exists. Distant Lights, with their CD, Simulacrum, have taken this art form to an impressive level.”

“Miss the real rock? Here it is. These guys rock like the bands of old, but with some new twists. This is good music. It took a few listens, but now I'm hooked. Artifice is one of my favorites. It starts easy then builds into a high powered song that sticks in your brain. Don't miss it!”

austin music fan - iTunes Review

“Rock music with the accuracy of a fine-tuned machine designed to bore through the slabs of mediocrity and complacency so prevalent in today’s market. Razor-sharp riffs, densely complex rhythms, and a voice that cuts glass are ingredients for a powerful, cohesive unit of talented, inspired force.”

Steve Bernal, bassist with E.S.L. recording artist Federico Aubele - listener comment

“Distant Lights is unconventionally amazing, with an unconventional sound that ranges from a breathtaking orchestra to soul stealing rock and roll”

Ryan Thomas, GM - Troubadour Saloon

“Impressive display of rich, well polished vocals and amplified cello and keyboard effects. The catchy underlying beats which feature on most of the songs really do a good job of making them sound complete. Each band member is an accomplished musician, each of them very well versed in their craft.”

Cherry Pullinger - AmpedReviews.net

“very professional, and very unique.an ambient rock production that leans slightly toward the heavier end of the spectrum (even with the presence of a cello). The sound is great, and the musicianship is stellar.”