TMS Indie Week Band of the Day: Federal Lights

Toronto Music Scene September 10, 2012
Winnipeg’s Federal Lights possess what CBC describes as “glowing guitars” and “shimmering vocals,” but missing from their description is the true essence of passionate, yearning storytelling. There’s immense emotion in this indie folk band’s songs that orchestrate an internal feel of nostalgia. You feel for them when they sing of regrets and you root for them when they chase the dream. Their release Carbon is layered with beautiful, soul-bearing melodies and moans courtesy of founder Jean-Guy Roy. There’s something winded that Manitoba bands bring to the Canadian musical landscape in that performers such as Federal Lights can put the vastness of the country and life in general into perspective, so much so you can’t help but feel it inside yourself. It makes you both sadder and wiser in a way, as you realize your small positioning in this big wild life. A perfect band for those melancholy-laced days.


Indie Week takes place in Toronto from October 10-14. Check out for more detailed information, ticket purchases and performance date announcements. Follow @IndieWeek on Twitter for updates.

Watch the video for Federal Lights’ “Carbon” below.



Sheena Lyonnais writes the Band of the Day. Follow her on Twitter @SheenaLyonnais.

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