ARTIST / BAND: THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
ALBUM: Walk Like A Human
FILE UNDER: Progressive / Healing & EasyListening / Thrash
INFO: The Christmas Lights is the brainchild of 26 year-old Kenny Tompkins. Tompkins has worked as singer/songwriter and producer for several projects including The Trend and The Royal Army as well as recording and touring as a solo artist.
In 2007 The Christmas Lights released a split with Baltimore-based duo Emil titled 10 Paces. This record was received positively by independent press and fans alike for its mix of 8-bit sugar-pop and experimental noise construction. The recent full-length debut, Walk Like A Human (Pro-Gravity Records/RARC), is a mix of ambience, harsh distortion, three-part harmony vocals, and odd-yet-dance-friendly time signatures. It was written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Kenny Tompkins at the RARC in Frostburg, Maryland from January to November 2007.
After completing the album, Tompkins invited his younger brother Curt along with friends Derek Shank and Josh Grapesto attempt a live version. The group has played just a handful of shows in its short existence, but has quickly developed an excited and dedicated group of fans.
The Christmas Lights were recently featured as The Baltimore Sun’s “Unsigned Artist of The Month” and Kenny Tompkins is currently working on a batch of modified electronics (circuit bent keyboards, noise toys, etc.) for use on the group’s next record.