Eat Lights Become Lights was formed in London in the winter of 2007 by Neil Rudd, who is responsible for all the writing and recording, and is joined for live performances by members of the Eat Lights collective – a constantly shifting tableau of gifted musicians. Neil has a deep love of classic German electronic acts of the 1970s, evoking classic kosmische bands, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Can but making the sound very much his own, creating an ever-changing synesthesic landscape of harmony and melody, feedback & drones, played against the driving motorik beat.
Gigging heavily since their conception, ELBL have steadily built up a reputation as a formidable live act, and the band have played several high-profile shows, including a sold-out tour with New York electronic pioneers Silver Apples as well as being championed by Stuart Maconie on 6 Music’s Freak Zone and Andy Weatherall on BBC Radio 6 mix.
With the release of their debut single “They Transmit” in May 2008 on Enraptured Records, ELBL quickly gained critical praise from the likes of the NME, and record of the week slots from Manchester’s Piccadilly Records and Leeds’ Norman Records soon followed. The second single “Klustered”, was released in April 2009, and a third single “Test Drive” was released in February 2011 – the B side of which was remixed by electronic music legends Silver Apples. The single was released on cult label The Great Pop Supplement and sold out in only 5 hours. Their debut album Autopia was released in March 2011 to rave reviews across the music press.
The band’s long anticipated second album entitled Heavy Electrics was released in September 2012 on Rocket Girl & evolves the sonic template even further and in new unexpected directions. It builds on the ideas laid down in Autopia but is more flowing and organic, sounds building upon sounds until they’ve reached an impossible height propelled by a thunderous motorik beat.
Neil is currently working with Malcolm Doherty in London on new Eat lights Become Lights music and a new live version of the band.
(Rocket Girl Records)
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