Hit The Lights – Believe In Me

Hit The LightsPop-punk rock band Hit The Lights has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Believe In Me,” and was released as a single.  The band continues to support their latest EP, Just To Get Through To You, which dropped last year via Pure Noise Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Hit The Lights – Anthem

Hit The LightsPop-punk rock band Hit The Lights has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Anthem,” and was released as a single.  The band continues to support their latest EP, Just To Get Through To You, which dropped last week today via Pure Noise Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Hit The Lights Streams New EP In Full

Hit The LightsPop-punk rock band Hit The Lights has premiered a full stream of their upcoming new EP, Just To Get Through To You, which drops today via Pure Noise Records.

Listen to the full disc below.

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Hit The Lights – Blasphemy, Myself And I (Acoustic)

Hit The LightsPop-punk rock band Hit The Lights has premiered a new song from their upcoming acoustic EP. The track is titled “Blasphemy, Myself And I” and the disc is titled Just To Get Through To You and is set to drop on May 6, 2016 via Pure Noise Records.

Listen to the track here courtesy AltPress.

Hit The Lights Announce New Acoustic EP

Hit The LightsPop-punk rock band Hit The Lights has made known plans to release a new acoustic EP later this Spring.  The disc will be titled Just To Get Through To You and is set to drop on May 6, 2016 via Pure Noise Records. Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the new track “Lighthouse.”  Vocalist Nick Thompson comments: 

“Lighthouse” is a much different HTL track that could only be released on an acoustic EP like this… We didn’t originally plan on having a new song included in the release of Just to Get Through to You, it’s one of those songs that just happened and we feel it’s a great way to end the EP. It’s a love song. It doesn’t pretend to be anything else, it doesn’t reach for any type of “edge,” or try to be different just for the sake of being different.  We’ve recorded other acoustic songs, but the simplicity of “Lighthouse” is what sets it apart from the others. It wrote itself and we hope our fans enjoy it for what it is.”
Listen to the song below.

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Video: Hit The Lights – ‘No Filter’

Hit The LightsLA pop punks Hit The Lights have posted a video for their track No Filter. The song is taken from their latest full length Summer Bones, released last year via Pure Noise Records.

The band are also joining Seaway, Boston Manor, Can’t Swim and Casey Bolles for the Pure Noise Records Tour this spring. Check out the video for No Filter and the full list of tour dates below.

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Tours: Hit The Lights / Seaway / Boston Manor / Can’t Swim / Casey Bolles

SeawayBay area independent label Pure Noise Records has announced the “Pure Noise Records Tour.” The roster features performances from Hit The Lights, Seaway, Boston Manor, Can’t Swim and Casey Bolles.
Full tour listings can be found below.

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Nick Thompson (Hit The Lights) Performs Acoustic Version of ‘Body Bag’ for APTV Sessions

Nick ThompsonNick Thompson, frontman of Ohio pop punks Hit The Lights played an acoustic version of fan favourite Body Bag as an encore during the band’s session for APTV. The band’s latest LP was 2015’s Summer Bones, released via Pure Noise Records.

Check out the acoustic performance of Body Bag below.

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Tours: State Champs / Hit the Lights / Tiny Moving Parts / Let It Happen / Northbound

state-champs2Pop-punk act State Champs has announced details for their “Shot Boys Of Summer” headlining tour.  The band will hit the road from July 16th through August 2nd along with Hit the Lights, Tiny Moving Parts, Let It Happen, and Northbound.

Full tour dates are below.

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Hit THe Lights

Hit The Lights

Summer Bones

Pure Noise Records

Rating: 2/5




Hit The Lights is one of those bands that make you seriously question the state and preference of pop-punk fans.  The Lima, Ohio band has absolutely no defining features, and could be name dropped as a weak RIYL by a lazy journalist for anything from All Time Low to Four Year Strong.  Honestly, generic is too generous of a word, and mediocrity doesn’t begin to describe the blandness that makes Hit The Lights out as a band trapped in a time warp on the Ernie Ball stage in Warped Tour 2003.  As could be entirely predicted, Hit The Lights’ latest full length, Summer Bones, falls into that exact same trap.

Everything in Summer Bones just sort of blurs facelessly together into a single, indistinguishable sonic mass.  Even having listened to the album from front to back countless times over numerous weeks, I would be hard pressed to extract or reference any single defining moment or song.  Sure the tempo shifts from mid-tempo to slightly above mid-tempo when moving from “The Real” to “Life On The Bottom,” but the cheap trick has zero impact on personality.  Likewise, the deliberate and artificial crunch of “hard” landing riffs bestow the illusion of “attitude” paired with paint-by-numbers choruses of gang vocals claiming that “I’ll drop you like a ton of bricks.”  Hit The Lights is like what Simple Plan was to pop-punk in the early 00’s – they’re a safe listen for those preliminarily dipping their toe into the pop-punk gene pool, but snooze inducing for those already submerged.  Simply put, it’s all smoke and mirrors from the producer’s booth.  

Considering the top quality of bands on the Pure Noise Records roster as of late, Hit The Lights is an excusable (but marketable) blemish.  When stacked up against the likes the of labelmates like Forever Came Calling’s emotional dynamism and Elder Brother’s mature hooks, Hit The Lights just falls by the wayside.  Summer Bones isn’t terrible, it’s just terribly generic and lifeless.  

Video: Hit The Lights – Life On The Bottom

Hit THe LightsOhio pop punk band Hit The Lights has premiered a new track.  The song is titled “Life On The Bottom” and comes from their upcoming full length, Summer Bones, which is set to be released on March 24th via Pure Noise Records. The video, directed by Kyle Thrash (Modern Baseball, RJD2) and focuses onm boxing newcomer Ismael Villarreal.  The band comments on the direction:

“We’ve worked with Kyle Thrash so many times that we have complete trust in his ideas and abilities,” says vocalist Nick Thompson. “When he approached us about the idea for a video centered around Ismael, we were totally on board. The song made sense with Ismael’s struggles and it’s great to be able to give him some limelight while we take the back seat!”

Kyle Thrash elaborates:
“Every time I listened to the song I would always imagine this person training… To me Ismael was a no brainer when it came to casting the video. He embodies everything the song is about. When I met him for the the first time and saw his drive and determination I knew he was the perfect fit. The kid trains six days a week with his father in the South Bronx at John’s Gym and lives and breathes boxing. He uses his god given talent to better himself and go after his dream with such a passion at such a young age, I couldn’t help but be inspired.”

Watch the video here.  The album is the follow up to 2012’s Invictus.

Cartel Announce ‘Chroma’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour

CartelGeorgia pop punks Cartel have announced a series of shows to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their debut album Chroma. The tour kicks off in April and will see the band joined by Dallas indie punks Team, Austin’s Driver Friendly and on selected dates, Hit The Lights.

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Hit The Lights Announce New Record

Hit The LightsOhio pop punk band Hit The Lights have announced that their new full length, Summer Bones, is to be released on March 24th via Pure Noise Records. The album is the follow up to 2012’s Invictus and ahead of the drop date, the band have released a lyric video for the lead single, Fucked Up Kids, which can be seen below.

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Hit The Lights Sign To Pure Noise Records; Announce Tour

 Hit The LightsOhio pop-punks Hit The Lights have signed on with Pure Noise Records.  The band plans to release a brand new album through the label this fall produced by Kyle Black (Comeback Kid, Set Your Goals).  Band member Nick Thompson comments: 

“We couldn’t think of a better place to be than with the Pure Noise crew for our new record. We’re proud to be a part of the roster and excited to make more music!”

The band will also be heading on tour for late May and early June in which they will be playing their album Skip Skool, Start Fights in its entirety.  Full tour listings are below.

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Hit The Lights 0 Invicta

Hit The Lights


Razor & Tie

Rating: 2/5




After what has been termed a four-year “dark period” for Ohio pop punks Hit The Lights, involving a healthy dose of label drama, the band has released their first album in over four years, Invicta, on their new home Razor & Tie.  A lot can happen in four years for a band, and Hit The Lights have matured accordingly.  While formerly classified with poppy underpinning found with bands Valencia, and A Loss For Words, the quintet now play more to the present day alt-rock styling of Relient K or The Lonely Forest than that of the jubilant Man Overboard crowd.

Maturity is a tough gig to work through though – particularly for bands that build their careers around being discernibly one-dimensional (Blink 182 serving as a showcase case study). Aided by producers Machine (Four Year Strong, Armor For Sleep, Cobra Starship) and Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Crime in Stereo), Hit The Lights have enlisted the right pedigree for the transition.  That being said, the band may be playing it a little too safe in execution – their sound exhibiting all the proper elements without the personality that initially placed them on the map.

Right from the start, Invicta falls victim to the modest pull of formulaic predictability.  “Invincible” opens with the carefully calculated escalation of anthemic backing vocals, weighty drums, and lingering, overdone guitars (think a diluted Angels & Airwaves).  “We’re starved to make a mark in this world” sings frontman Nick Thompson, vaguely aspiring for something more than the ordinary.  From here on out, tracks like “Gravity” come into play, in which autotune, electronics and post-production effects steal the show.  Thompson’s otherwise competent vocals take the biggest hit, with the mirrored choral frequency masking them behind layers of gloss, and dampening the already run of the mill lyrics.  Don’t get me wrong, the album certainly has a distinct atmosphere, and tracks like “So Guilty” and “Float Through Me” are audibly pleasing, but they come at the expense of breaking from the mould with the exception of a few choice cuts like “Get To You” or “Should’ve Known.”

Hit The Lights have matured with a sound that works for them, but they need to infuse more creativity before they can achieve a true career rebound.  Invicta will likely leave listeners indifferent but not offended.  A few tracks may find their way onto suitable playlists, but as a whole there isn’t much inspiring repeated listens.

Tours: D.R.U.G.S. / Hit The Lights / Sparks The Rescue / Like Moths To Flames

D.R.U.G.SD.R.U.G.S. has announced a headlining tour to kick off the new year. Support will come from Hit The Lights, Sparks The Rescue, and Like Moths To Flames.  The band released their self-titled debut earlier this year on Sire Records.

Full tour listings can be found below.

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Hit the Lights Sign to Universal Republic

Hit The LightsHit the Lights have announced they have signed with Universal Republic in partnership with Vagrant. They will release a new album, their third full-length, under this label in 2011.

Nick Thompson, Hit the Lights frontman, gave a statement to Alternative Press which can be read below:

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