New York City garage rockers The Mystery Lights recently performed a blistering live set on the Amoeba Hollywood stage. Mixing the psych-rock sounds of Roky Erickson with the proto-punk, frat rock sounds of The Sonics, it's no doubt this outfit are the first band signed to retro-soul label Daptone Records' new rock imprint, Wick Records. The band's self-titled debut is the first album released on the new label. Based on what we saw here at Amoeba, both the band and the label are off to a promising start. The Mystery Lights are currently touring the country with stops in San Francisco at Brick & Mortar Music Hall November 9 and the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, November 22.
First up in the video is "Too Tough To Bear," with lead singer Mike Brandon's banshee vocals piercing over the mid-tempo groove of the band. L.A. Solano's lead guitar and Alex Q. Amini's bass match riffs until the two guitarists trade solos. Next is "What Happens When You Turn The Devil Down" in which Solano's eerie guitar bends signal the rest of the band into a menacing, but laid back beat. The song ebbs and flows with intensity until ultimately building to a heavy freak out which leads immediately into a manic, fiery cover of Dead Moon's "Dead Moon Night."