Spotlights, the husband-and-wife “sludgegazers” (Brooklyn Vegan) who release their Ipecac debut, Seismic, on Oct. 6, stream new song “What Is This? Where Are We?”

“This song is one of our personal favorites on the record,” say band members, Mario and Sarah Quintero. “It encapsulates the overall ‘beauty in destruction’ theme of the album, we were lucky enough to have Aaron Harris (Isis, Palms) play drums on it.” Harris also produced the 11-song album.

Spotlights have spent the summer on the road with the Melvins, joining the venerable band for their 12-week North American tour. The LA Record said of the Spotlight’s kick offperformance: “The husband-wife duo of Mario and Sarah Quintero (guitar and bass, respectively) dabble in a mix of electronic dream-pop and heavier-than-hell sludge metal, putting them alongside Jesu or Hum as extremists of both beauty and brutality.“


The tour resumes this evening in Phoenix:

September 5  Phoenix, AZ  Crescent Ballroom

September 6  Tucson, AZ  191 Toole

September 8  Austin, TX  The Mohawk

September 9  Dallas, TX  Tree’s

September 10  San Antonio, TX  Paper Tiger

September 11  Houston, TX  Warehouse Live (Studio)

September 13  New Orleans, LA  One Eyed Jack’s

September 14  Pensacola, FL  Vinyl Music Hall

September 15  Jacksonville, FL  Jack Rabbit’s

September 16  Tampa, FL  The Orpheum

September 17  Ft. Lauderdale, FL  The Culture Room

September 18  Orlando, FL The Social

September 20  Athens, GA  40 Watt Club

September 21  Atlanta, GA  The Masquerade (Hell Stage)

September 22  Nashville, TN  3rd & Lindsley

September 23  Memphis, TN  Hi-Tone

September 25  Madison, WI  High Noon Saloon

September 26  Rock Island, IL  Rock Island Brewing Co.

September 27  Des Moines, IA  Wooly’s

September 28  Omaha, NE  The Waiting Room

September 30  Ft. Collins, CO  Aggie Theatre

October 2  Albuquerque, NM  The Launchpad

October 3  Flagstaff, AZ  The Green Room

October 6  Brooklyn, NY  Brooklyn Bazaar *


* - Spotlights only


The band has also announced a tour supporting Hundreth, those dates are:

November 30  Baltimore, MD  Metro Gallery

December 1  Brooklyn, NY  Brooklyn Bazaar

December 2  Philadelphia, PA  Boot and Saddle

December 3  Somerville, MA  Once Ballroom

December 5  Millvale, PA  The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s

December 6  Lakewood, OH  Mahalls

December 7  Lansing, MI  The Loft

December 8  Chicago, IL  Beat Kitchen

December 10  Denver, CO  Marquis Theater

December 12  San Francisco, CA  Bottom of the Hill

December 13  Los Angeles, CA  The Echo

December 15  San Diego, CA  Soda Bar

December 16  Mesa, AZ  The Underground

December 18  Austin, TX  Sidewinder

December 19  Dallas, TX  Dirty 30

December 20  Houston, TX  Walter’s

December 22  Birmingham, AL  The Syndicate Lounge

December 23  Atlanta, GA  Masquerade


Spotlights’ previous release, Tidals, earned the band a wide sweep of accolades, with reviewers describing the band’s unique sound as “ultra-dense dream-rock” (Clrvynt) and “having the heft of an anvil and the hazy atmosphere of a half-forgotten dream” (Culture Creature). Word-of-mouth about the intoxicating album led to the band being handpicked to join Deftones and Refused for their Summer 2016 tour.

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