Attic Lights are a Scottish indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, formed in 2005 by Kev Sherry (vocals, guitar), Colin McArdle (vocals, bass) and Jamie Houston (guitar, keyboard, vocals), later joined by Tim Davidson (guitar, pedal steel) and Noel O'Donnell (drums, glockenspiel, vocals). The four-part harmonies in a number of their songs have led to critical comparisons with Teenage Fanclub and The Beach Boys. Their guitar heavy powerpop has been compared to alternative rock bands such as Weezer, R.E.M. and The Lemonheads.
A series of independent releases and live performances, including a well-received appearance at the 2007 T in the Park festival, led to a bidding war between major labels. The band signed with Island Records, and released their debut album, Friday Night Lights, in October 2008.
Attic Lights began by rehearsing and recording demos in (vocalist / bassist) Colin McArdle's attic in Springburn, Glasgow. They played the Glasgow circuit and toured small venues throughout the UK before being signed to Island Records in 2007. In February 2008, they began touring with fellow labelmates The Rushes and a tour in March with Scouting For Girls. The video for the re-release of the single "God" featured Still Game comedy actor Sanjeev Kohli. The 7" vinyl single version of "God" contained a cover of Mental As Anything's "Live It Up". The CD single version of "Bring You Down" featured remixes by fellow Glaswegians Mogwai and Camera Obscura.
In July 2008, Attic Lights had their Somerset House gig filmed and broadcast live on Channelbee. In October 2008 the band began to tour with Paul Heaton and Cerys Matthews. On 21 October 2008, Attic Lights invited fans via their MySpace page to be in their music video for their single "Late Night Sunshine". On 13 October 2008, the band's debut album, Friday Night Lights, was released to positive reviews.[by whom?]
Attic Lights saw in 2009 by playing at the Edinburgh Princes Street Hogmanay celebrations. They followed this with a UK and Ireland tour supporting Camera Obscura. With the relaunch of the new series of Minder on Five, the band re-recorded the program's signature theme tune. This was previously sung by Dennis Waterman (who starred in it as Terry McCann, the original 'minder').
The group recorded a cover of fellow Glaswegians Strawberry Switchblade's "Since Yesterday" for a TV campaign advertising the STV Jobs website, which launched in January 2010 and ran throughout the year.
In 2012, the band signed with Spanish label Elefant Records. Guitarist and vocalist Jamie Houston left the band upon completion of the second album, and was replaced by producer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Lang.
On 1 April 2013, Attic Lights released new single, "Say You Love Me" on Elefant Records. This was followed in May by the release of the band's second album, Super De Luxe.
- "Attic Lights" - (EP UK 2005)
- "Shiver the Trees" - (EP UK 2006)
- "Martin" - (7" UK 2006)
- "God" - (7" UK 2007)
- "Never Get Sick of the Sea" - (2008)
- "God" - (2008) (re-release)
- "Bring You Down" - (2008)
- "Wendy" - (2008)
- "Santa's Girlfriend" - (2008)
- "Late Night Sunshine" / Minder Theme Tune - "I Could Be So Good For You" - (2009)
- "Say You Love Me" - (2013)
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