The folks at Acentric Magazine was recently introduced to Wallingford, Connecticut’s local band Light It Up by our very own contributor, Brittany Isaacson! We recently got a chance to chat with the band and ask them a few questions in our latest Show Off Your Scene feature.
How did Light It Up start out?
A few of us (Julian, Ryan and Brenden) played in a band prior to starting Light It Up called League MVP and after a series of unfortunate events we decided to go our separate ways. With the core of the band already established it was a no brainer to add our best friends (Gina and Mark) to fill the last positions.
You’ve only been a band for about 5 months, what are some challenges you’ve come across so far and how did you go about them?
To be honest, we have been really fortunate with how everything is progressing for us as a band so far. We have a really amazing team of people behind us that make things a lot less stressful than if we had to do it all on our own.
What struggles do you face, if any, as a female fronted band?
We haven’t faced many struggles being such a new band but the one thing that has been a reoccurring statement is that we “sound like Paramore”. As much as this may be a compliment to some of us we just want to be our own band.
What’s your favorite song you’ve written together as a band?
As of now, I’d say “Alive” which was our first single. The video for it is up on YouTube thanks to Ghost Killer Entertainment. This song holds such strong meaning with every lyric and to see people singing it back when we perform it, is the most incredible feeling. The response we got from it was truly amazing and so many people connected to the message behind it. Some fans even took the time to thank us for addressing such a tough issue.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
All of us are influenced by a huge variety of artists and bands. You never know what you will hear at any given time coming out of the speakers in the van. From Top 40 to Pop Punk to Metalcore to 90’s R&B.
Do you guys have a favorite venue to play?
That’s a hard one. We played at The Fuze Box in Albany, New York on our last tour and the whole ‘vibe’ of the venue was sick. From the 50’s themed diner bar to the octopus tentacles hanging over the stage, it made for a rad night.
Tell us about your upcoming EP “Wasted Years” in five words or less.
Dark Catchy Girl Power.
When is the EP going to be released? Do you have any plans to celebrate its debut?
Our debut EP ‘Wasted Years’ will be available on March 17, 2017 on iTunes and physical copies! We will be celebrating the release of our EP on March 18, 2017 in our hometown, Wallingford, Connecticut, at WAMLEG with a bunch of our best friends!
It looks like you’re ready have your foot in the door being such a new band and already opening up for bands like We the Kings, Too Close to Touch, and Waterparks as you mentioned earlier. Do you have any advice for for new upcoming local bands who want to do the same as you?
If you want it, go for it! Just know that it will never be easy. There’s going to be times where you will question if it will be worth it. But, if being in a band is something you’re passionate about then, it will all be worth it.
Do you have any upcoming shows we should know about?
We have two shows coming up before we leave for tour that we couldn’t be more stoked about. We recently opened up for We The Kings and Cute is What We Aim For on February 23 at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT, and we are lucky to be playing with Waterparks, Too Close To Touch and Chapel on March 4 at the University of New Haven. After that we will be heading out on ‘The Wasted Years Tour’ from March 16, 2017 to April 1, 2017 to promote our debut EP “Wasted Years”. We will be joined on select dates by some of our best friends in 18th and Addison, The Banner Year, Southview, and Young Culture.