Parade of Lights
Parade of Lights
Ryan Daly – lead vocals/guitar
Anthony Improgo – drums
Randy Schulte – bass/backing vocals
Michelle Ashley – keys/backing vocals
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.”
LIVE AT SXSW – NEW ALBUM 2014
“The Kooks brashly toss out jangly choruses like a kid tossing back his first pint.” – SPIN
“Fans of NME favorites like Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs will embrace their bouncy Britpop anthems, and lovers of old-school British invasion will appreciate the Kooks’ stabs at mature songwriting.” – Paper
“In person, watching the Kooks is nothing short of pure joy.” – CMJ
DEBUT ALBUM “GLOW” OUT MARCH 11TH
“Highly precise modern disco.” – The New York TimesTensnake (a.k.a. Marco Niemerski) releases his hotly anticipated debut album “Glow” March 11th on Astralwerks, featuring the stunning single “Love Sublime” feat Nile Rodgers and Fiora plus singles “58 BPM” and “See Right Through” (both featuring Fiora). Voted one of Spin’s “50 Albums You Gotta Hear In 2014, “Glow” features an impressive range of collaborations including three time Grammy-winner Stuart Price (AKA Jacques Lu Cont), Jamie Lidell, MNEK, in addition to Nile Rodgers and Fiora. The album represents a new milestone in a career which has travelled the world’s greatest dance floors and earned Tensnake his towering reputation as one of house and disco’s leading producers. The “Glow” North American tour launches March 6th at New York City’s Output (FIXED presents with The Juan McLean) and Tensnake will also open for Giorgio Moroder and Chic at The Hollywood Bowl later this year. Make sure to catch him at SXSW!
REMIXES FROM GIORGIO MORODER AND PASSION PIT OUT MARCH 11TH
“Epic. There's really no other word that even comes close to describing the band's soaring, cinematic soundscape.” – Nylon (2014 Band To Watch)Driven by laser-tight production and carried by the undeniable voice of front-woman Josie Claire Bürkle, this Munich-based five-piece is bringing its technicolor hybrid of wistful, electronic, synthpop to Austin in March. A Nylon Magazine 2014 “artist to watch”; Claire released its 2013 debut EP Broken Promise Land (featuring singles “Games” and “Broken Promise Land”) just in time for the band to conquer CMJ with its first-ever U.S. shows; drawing accolades from The New York Times, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, and more. The band has toured internationally with Chvrches, Bastille, and Capital Cities and “Games” (Passion Pit Remix) and “Broken Promise Land” (Giorgio Moroder Remix) on March 11th. Claire will release its debut full-length “The Great Escape” on Astralwerks later this year.
PARADE OF LIGHTS
“GOLDEN” EP OUT MARCH 25TH
“Danceable indie rock [and] alternative electro-anthems that might garner comparisons to Imagine Dragons, early MGMT, and M83.” – Interview MagazineCombining equal parts rock, new wave, and shoegaze, Parade Of Lights create a unique blend of 80's influenced and anthem-ready indie power pop, and their single, “We’re The Kids” is no exception. Also on their forthcoming EP (due out 3/25), the title-track “Golden,” is a driving alt-electro anthem of propulsive dance melodies and layers of static-laced synths building to a hook-heavy chorus that will have you reaching for the repeat button. “Golden” most recently featured in NBC’s Winter Olympics TV campaign. The band is now on the road with Royal Teeth & Chappo and join X Ambassadors on tour following its first-ever appearances at SXSW.
NEW SINGLE “HIGH TIDE” OUT MARCH 18TH / NEW EP 2014
“Guitar-guided disco.” – The Fader
The newest addition to the Astralwerks roster, Norwegian duo Lemaitre (Ulrik Denizou Lund and Ketil Jansen) bring its unique blend of indie, disco and electro-tinged earcandy to the U.S. for its first-ever SXSW appearances. A #1 HypeMachine artist on multiple occasions; the band boasts more than 5 million combined YouTube views and more than 1 million Soundcloud followers and it’s single “1:18” is featured in Apple’s “Designed Together” ad for the iPhone 5c. Lemaitre’s self-released 2012 EP “Relativity 2” shot to #1 on the iTunes Electronica charts in the US & Canada and charted in the Top-10 in 12 countries including the UK, Australia and France. The band’s live show is as ambitious as its music; consisting of three self-designed light installations complete with 3D animations. Check out previously released singles “Continuum”, “Cut to Black”. Now based in LA, Lemaitre is working on a new EP for release on Astralwerks later this year and release the brand new single “High Tide” March 18th.