Photo credit: Alex Lorking-Tanner @lordnewry_
A requiem to the Australian suburban experience and post-modern progress, ‘The Lights’is Donny Love’s second single from their upcoming sophomore LP Meeting of the Dons, out in late 2020 on Holiday Maker Records.
Culminating in their most ambitious effort to date and delivering on the promise of previous alt-pop releases by the band, ‘The Lights’ displays a transformation in Donny Love’ssongwriting to an expansive, thematic exploration of suburban life, and sees them toying with the old saying of ‘progress for the sake of progress’.
The thematic core of the song is an exploration of dreary suburban Australia and the Gold Coast, cultural disintegration, and the invasive dominance of advertising and built form over public space.
To deliver on their vision, the band enlisted George Carpenter (engineer/co-producer) and Sydney’s Jack Prest (mix/master), whose credits include Bruce Springsteen, The Preatures, Sampa the Great, Kool Keith, Flume.
Aided by the production and the song’s blaring horn introduction, ‘The Lights’ summons the feeling of dusk in the suburbs, when the mood in the street turns from the romanticised glow of childhood afternoons to the harsh unnatural aura of streetlights and false neon beacons in the night.
To promote the single, along with the upcoming official music video, the band have let their fanbase in to their creative process by sharing a collage of the life and evolution of the song.
To further this idea, the song is being transformed in an upcoming remix by renowned Melbourne artist Traffik Island.
The Dons will be performing alongside the HMR family of artists at the upcoming Holiday Maker launch party at Miami Marketta on October 30. Limited to 100 capacity, the first tickets are on offer here before the official show announcement next week.