Made up of members Louis Parsons, Ashlee Kehoe, Joe Draffen and Archie Shannon, Floodlights present a distinctly Australian perspective, with a shambolic, catchy sound that melds 80s alternative rock with 90s New Zealand jangle-pop.
On From A View, Floodlights sort through everyday observations, memories and notions of identity with a refreshingly plain-spoken sincerity. Weaving vivid, character-centred storytelling with spirited calls to action, the album charts the political, the personal and everything in between. It’s an album of reflection, both inward and outward looking, but also importantly of curiosity and learning.
“The ideas behind the lyrics were often prompted through conversations and interactions that took place in different settings, such as on the job site at work, in everyday life and while travelling around the country and overseas,” says lead singer and songwriter Louis Parsons. "Often these interactions helped generate perspectives that we’d speak about as a band, and I’d write lyrics about. Some of the key themes in 'From a View' revolve around identity, personal cross-roads, and the misuse of power.”
From A View follows the band's debut EP Backyard, which was re-released at the tail end of 2019 through a freshly inked deal with Spunk Records. The album is the band’s first exploration into proper studio recording with a well-regarded sound engineer. It was recorded in November 2019 over two days onto a 24 track tape machine at Head Gap studios in Preston. Legendary Nao Anzai (Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Cash Savage) engineered the album and then mixed it over the summer, with Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddie Current Suppression Ring) on board to master.
Release: July 17th, 2020, Spunk! Records
Words: Caroline Australia