Young upstarts Daytona Lights gatecrashed M towers last week to play us a tune and tell us all about how they write their infectious indie-pop.
Already picking up plaudits from BBC Introducing, XFM and Clash magazine, this London based quintet look set for success. Their harmony rich vocals and 80s pop melodies are reminiscent of early Orange Juice or Haircut 100, blended with The Beach Boys and some classic Britpop attitude.
A band with a mixture of high expectations and a short attention span, they’ve carved out a reputation as a novel live act, running their own club night Keep It On the DL at London venues including Old Blue Last and The Wheelbarrow.
The band are signed to producer Steve Levine’s Hubris Records, and current single White Horses has been championed by The Inbetweeners Blake Harrison and featured on Hollyoaks.
Last month, as the Live Music Bill passed its third reading and report stage, Daytona Lights held an impromptu gig at the Houses of Parliament, hobnobbing with MPs and music industry insiders alike.
Here they talk to M about their influences and songwriting, and play us an acoustic version of their song White Horses.