Francis and the Lights are a New York City based band led by frontman Francis Farewell Starlite.
They self-released the Striking EP in late 2007 and Normative released A Modern Promise in August 2008 (www.amodernpromise.com).
The band’s sound is propelled by two live drummers playing in conjunction with sequenced percussion, balanced with intertwining guitar and synth parts. The band was formed at Wesleyan University – their first show was a performance of the posthumous Otis Redding record “The Immortal Otis Redding” in its entirety. After secluding himself in Oakland, CA to write songs, Francis Starlite drove cross-country in a decommissioned postal truck and formed the current incarnation of the band in New York. They rehearsed for a full year before unveiling themselves at a series of invitation-only shows at a white fabric draped warehouse space featuring spring-loaded keyboards, young coconuts and a chandelier that descended onto the dance floor bearing champagne glasses.