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|Autumn is known as a time of change. Constantly practicing, performing, writing, improving, challenging expectations – Lights of Autumn certainly lives up to that allegory. LOA’s contagious enthusiasm, undeniable talent, and electrifying live set have caught industry attention and earned the band a spot on Rochester’s prestigious Holiday Havoc show in December of 2008. The band has also played shows with national acts like Bedlight For Blue Eyes (Trustkill), The High Court (I Surrender), and I Am The Avalanche (Drive Thru).
The magnetic energy of lead singer Lauren Ciarpelli is the power behind the band’s showmanship. With sincerity of emotion, the 20-year-old Greece native delivers expressive lyrics, backed by an uplifting pop-punk noise.
“I was a band geek in elementary school, then I started to go to shows when I was 13 and I really loved the music scene. I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of this – and now I am,” Ciarpelli said.
Ciarpelli formed the band in January 2008 with 20-year-old bassist Danielle LeBeau. Drummer Andrew Collister, 22, and guitarist Darren Shelton, 20, were brought on in late January 2008. Shortly after, Chris Manzella, 18, completed the line up in February 2008. In January 2009, the band parted ways with drummer Andrew Collister. Shortly after, the band brought in Alex Koenig, 20, to replace Collister on drums.
LOA released its first single on Myspace in June 2008. “Anything” debuted the band’s signature sound. With just their first single, the musicians stood out to THE DRIVE DJ Michael Gately, who personally invited the band on his show. “They have an amazing sound and great energy. They have their own individual personalities, and when brought together, they are a force to be reckoned with. Unless you've got something against great music - you need to listen to LOA,” Gately said.
Blending elements of pop-punk, rock, and metal, Lights of Autumn delivers a style that is too bold to be Paramore, too happy to be Flyleaf, and unpredictably interspersed with technical guitar riffs and brilliantly executed breakdowns. The message is clear: We’re here to rock out.
That message, along with an honest, chill, “we’re just doing what we love” attitude resonates with audiences. With two girls in one band, LOA gender-bends the typical punk group. With a diverse set of members, the artists share different life experiences, cultivating relatable verses. With an energetic live set, LOA offers a spontaneous, no-holds-bar performance that includes songs that haven’t been recorded yet – including a piano solo by Ciarpelli that reveals a slightly softer side to LOA. Lights of Autumn epitomizes originality, raw talent, and potential.
Stars fade and seasons change – but Autumn is here to stay.
|Lauren Ciarpelli - Vocals
Darren Shelton - Guitar
Danielle LeBeau - Bass
Chris Manzella - Guitar
Alex Koenig - Drums
|New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, Midtown, The Movielife, Hit The Lights, Anberlin, AFI
|-1st single "Anything" released in June 2008
-Performed in Rochester Holiday Havoc (December 2008)
-Currently putting together a SUMMER Tour for 2009!!