the christmas lights


November 20, 2008|By Sam Sessa

Hometown : Frostburg

Members: Derek Shank, keyboards and vocals; Josh Grapes, samples, effects, keyboards and vocals; Curt Tompkins, drums and vocals; Kenny Tompkins, guitar and lead vocals

Founded : 2006

Style : experimental electro-pop

Influenced by : Mum, Deerhoof, Panda Bear

Notable: The Christmas Lights is the brainchild of Kenny Tompkins, who recorded the band's debut album, Walk Like a Human, at home by himself. Tompkins recruited Grapes, Shank and his brother, Curt, to perform the pieces live.

Quotable : "It's supposed to represent a lack of reverence for the traditional or a sort of ironic ownership of something universal," Tompkins said of the band name. "It's not really affiliated with religion or Christmas or anything like that."

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