The Mystery Lights

Mike Brandon and L.A. Solano have been in many different versions of The Mystery Lights under assorted monikers since their teens. In a heroic jump from the small town of Salinas, California to NYC, the band solidified its lineup to now include Alex Amini on bass, and Zach Butler on drums.

The explosive live shows gradually became the stuff of legend, as the quintet won their following one fan at a time in dives from Brooklyn to the Bowery.

Organically unfolding over the nights months and years, the Lights' sound has evolved into a fuzz-fueled hopped-up 21st Century take on 60s garage pebbles, and artful 70s punk, that is all their own.

When Daptone Records launched their Wick Records rock imprint, they wasted no time approaching The Mystery Lights as their inaugural act. After Wick officially released The Mystery Lights' debut LP, recorded at Daptone Records' House of Soul studio, they've been on the road ever since.

2018 finds these Rock'n'Roll knights globe hopping from continent to continent teasing their highly anticipated sophomore LP ' Too Much Tension ' (exact release date TBD).

"Combine the aesthetic of [New York]'s downtown dwellers (like The Velvet Underground) with a present-day urgency." - NPR's World Cafe

"There's a stoned, analog atmosphere hanging over everything, but there's a fire and toughness, too. [Mike] Brandon, like Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones before him, performs with a power and vigor that keeps him undeniable." - Pitchfork

"Captivating, (...) firmly rooted in the tradition of Sixties garage and gritty NYC punk." - Rolling Stone

"The Mystery Lights are as good as it gets, one of New York's finest garage rock bands at the moment." - NME

"Truly trippy throwbacks to a filthier, more hallucinatory era, (...) "Follow Me Home" comes straight out of that garage tradition, all Hammond organs and straightforward, declining riffs." - NOISEY

"The Mystery Lights have been making a name for themselves as one of NYC's best garage rock bands, and certainly as one of the best live shows." - Brooklyn Vegan 



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Selected Discography

The Mystery Lights
Wick Records (2016)
At Home With The Mystery Lights
Hologram Skies Records (2015)
Teenage Catgirls And The Mystery Lightshow
Closet Trekkie Records (2009)