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The Rebel Light

by The Rebel Light

"Hazy, retro-sounding Southern-Californian indie" Alfitude “Full of gutsy spirit and passion. Their self-titled debut, is full of modern pop sensibilities mixed with such eclectic 70s sounds as T. Rex to Todd Rundgren to 80s new wave acts” Tour De Vaap
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1. My Heroes Are Dead
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2. Goodbye Serenade
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3. Wake Up Your Mind
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4. Wake Up Your Mind (Radio Edit)
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“Groupe d'indie-pop originaire de Los Angeles, CA”

The Rebel Light are set to release their debut self-titled EP. Based in L.A., the band is comprised of two brothers from Montauk, New York and their “long lost cousin” from Yucaipa, California. In true DIY spirit, the EP was recorded and mixed by the band themselves, with the vocals captured in the bathroom and the drums tracked in a wood shed. They’ve got an exuberant and celebratory sound with lots going on in this 3 song EP (plus radio edit). There’s the waltzing pop balladry of “Goodbye Serenade,” the driving synth grooves of “Wake Up Your Mind,” and nestled comfortably between those, the fully orchestrated Beatlesque “My Heroes Are Dead.”

“Hazy, retro-sounding Southern-Californian indie” Alfitude - Scandinavia

“This LA-based band has the horn section of Sufjan Stevens, a voice like Matt & Kim, songs like an electric Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, but a sound all of their own” Rating 9/10 In Your Speakers

“If you’re apart of the 99% of the population that loves The Beatles, Doors or anyone else within that circle, you will seriously dig The Rebel Light (and will probably get a bit addicted to it)” GuitarTrump

“My Heroes Are Dead unearths touchstones from fifty years past, including “I Am the Walrus,” Ziggy Stardust, and early day Oasis. A symphonic chorus balances understated verses, and the vocals again steal the show" Beats Per Minute

"This cinematic track from Los Angeles indie-rock trio The Rebel Light has a great full-hurrah final chorus, with crashing cymbals, guitars, strings, and even horns, but then it quickly quiets down to the simple piano-led melody” Ellen Carpenter - Nylon Magazine

"Featuring a nostalgic waltz with piano, xylophone and trumpet, some pompous folk-rock and electronic-infused indie rock, their first EP will be quite the eclectic little set that drifts from one influence to the next with soulful energy and innocence” LA Deli Magazine

“Glowing Songs with a rousing spirit - After listening to these songs, I can't help but think The Rebel Light are headed places. Each of these three songs channels an emotion, the instrumentation is full and flush - the production helps provide a glowing quality to the songs. Certainly worth our time. Definitely One to Watch” Ryan's Smashing Life

“Wake Up Your Mind really caught my ear with its Depeche Mode-esque sound and catchy hooks” Sugar Bang

“My Heroes Are Dead is almost Britpop-esque in its anthemic quality and melancholy theme. The more upbeat Goodbye Serenade bursts with repetitive, catchy hooks and Wake Up Your Mind’s heavier dance-inspired beat shakes the atmosphere up once more”
Beat The Static - UK

“If this is a taste of what’s to come from these guys, I couldn’t be more excited” Hellhound Music

“Full of gutsy spirit and passion. Their self-titled debut, is full of modern pop sensibilities mixed with such eclectic 70s sounds as T. Rex to Todd Rundgren to 80s new wave acts. They pay homage to the past while bringing in their own upbeat sound” Tour De Vaap

“Most compelling, sincere songs I’ve heard in a long time” 110 BPM

"Goodbye Serenade holds a slight lo-fi, folky quality in terms of production style, which never undercuts the track's ability to emotionally stir its listener, but rather enhances this effect with all the charm of The Rebel Light's indie predecessors and likely influences (think everything from The Libertinesto Grizzly Bear and even Mumford & Sons)" The Hot Box UK

“Despite some world-renowned inspirations, The Rebel Light have achieved a rarity within the industry; a distinctive, unique style. ‘Goodbye Serenade’ does precisely what a debut single intends, and leaves the listener eager to hear more from them!” Sound & Motion Magazine

"Goodbye Serenade" is probably the most addictive song I have heard this year (since last February; not this calendar year), if only because, in a year when even the most popular artists seemed to be reaching new levels of maturity and vulnerability, this song still manages to delve deeper and sound purer The Music Rag

“Bright, melodic pop driven by infectious rhythm. In more applicable terms, this music is perfect for chair-dancing and impromptu sing-alongs” Now This Sound Is Brave

“The Los Angeles band, The Rebel Light, has a DIY spirit and a magnificent pop heart. You’ll enjoy their inventive arrangements and power pop sensibilities” The Dadada Music Blog

“With a self-titled EP and rocking Oasis-inspired track “My Heroes Are Dead,” The Rebel Light shines brightly indeed” Hear! Hear! Music

“Indie but still with that elegant piano backbone” Some of it was True

“Excellent, folksyish rock n roll songs proving great storytelling ability and relatable messages? Check” Badass Bands Blog

“It’s joyous, impassioned and raw - Rating 70%” Beats Per Minute

“The Rebel Light are one to watch. Their genius concoction of songs are intoxicating, and they are sure to take over by storm. Never has indie music sounded so…fun” Truth Or Sarah

“The best song that I have heard in 2013” Under The Toadstool

“Damned if it’s not really good, and completely captivating, with a symphonic, complex feel, but still extraordinarily simple and raw, probably because of the bathroom / wood shed combo” New Music Michael

“Goodbye Serenade,” a piano-rock number whose evocative chorus demands listen after listen” The Tune

“Right off the top this song rides out on the back of a chorus with the most killer, electric string arrangements you’re dying to hear it again.
Sounds like: This is a great band” Alan Cross Professional Music Geek

“Goodbye Serenade,” is especially strong, anthemic in its chorus and horn revelry. Definitely a band to watch” The Boston Survival Guide

“Straight up indie-rock from LA. Honest and real” Repeat Button

“Experience the blend of indie rock and folk that is The Rebel Light” West Northern Music

“Wake Up Your Mind” pounces on your eardrums with the same foot-tapping, head-nodding quality you might expect from a well crafted beat. Instead, it’s a clever combination of synth and rock that creates a one-two punch of excitement. While you’re nodding your head and that riff kicks in and begins to electrify your feet, the final gear slides into place in the form of some tastefully toned vox that take the track from just plain good to memorable” Sirens of Decay

“My Heroes Are Dead”, a song with a hi-pass drum opening that breaks into a Portugal. The Man style trance and resonating drums that would fire anyone who likes music into a fit of happiness” Nutshell Music Group

“Goodbye Serenade” opens up with a beautiful piano part that sends you into a rhythm-dominated song. With a large emphasis put on stuttery drums and a driving bass beat, it instantly shoves listeners into “concert crowd member” mode, where you stop caring how stupid you look when you are jamming out really intensely because the song is just that damn good” Nutshell Music Group

“Wake Up Your Mind”, a synthy track reminiscent of The Temper Trap’s self-titled second album. It breaks into more of a rock song than an indie one at the start of the verse, with megaphone-like vocals and a distorted bass line” Nutshell Music Group

“The Rebel Light is not a household name. Honestly. I wish that wasn’t the case. If this EP is any sign of things to come, then The Rebel Light is going to be a huge band in the coming years. The Rebel Light EP gets a 91/100” Nutshell Music Group

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