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Heavy Lights (Indie Rock from Frederick)

"'Mad for it' is the impression one gets when listening to Heavy Lights' new album, Mad Minds. And it’s not just the name that conjures up the phrase. The Frederick-based quartet’s enthusiasm for their music is evident in the record’s wistful, playful melodies and the joyful guitar-pop that permeates Heavy Light’s sound. You can also hear it in the cohesiveness of Mad Minds. This LP was constructed with care." - Gregory Ayers, DC Music Download


"It’s hard to make psychedelic rock feel not just accessible but enticing, and these Frederick-locals have done it." - Bryce Rudow, Brightest Young Things

Doors 9:30 | Music 10 pm. 21 and up. Photo credit Kayleigh Montgomery

"The soundscape they create sounds epic. It howls at the cosmos as the band leaves me with one of the most enjoyable debuts I have heard in quite some time. No joke. I know I'm gushing but these guys are the real deal. These songs are more than well put together. The songs on Mad Minds are addictive pockets of sound that hit upon the gamut of human emotions." - Ted Rogen, The Equal Ground

Mad Minds. Antithetical in nature. Confident in presentation. Almost flawless in execution. And utterly irresistible in consumption. Rising from the ashes of The Old Liners, Heavy Lights aren’t any more a rebirth than they are a reaffirmation of precisely how valuable and revelatory a restart can be. In the case of Nicholson — along with running mates Chris Morris, Brian Weakly and Derek Salazar — this record doesn’t sound like a mere second chance at a first impression; instead, it announces Heavy Lights as one of the premiere rock outfits the entire state of Maryland probably has." - Colin McGuire, The Frederick Newspost

"The arrangements are complex and interesting. There are finely-etched Americana sounds, too, Wilco-via-Neil Young stuff, on Mad Minds." - Bill DeYoung, Connect Savannah