Singer Shobsy, guitarist Joe Regan, drummer Paul Ridgeway and bassist Noel Perry all met at BIMM Music College in Dublin. Bonding over a shared interest in classic 80’s music and a common desire to write big stadium sized songs the guys decided to work on a music project. This early incarnation lead to the formation of State Lights in 2015.
Considered Rising Stars for 2018, State Lights new single, “Peace Will Come” which was mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons) is accompanied by an incredibly powerful video, it features images of the current political discourse in the world. Famous faces such as Martin Luther King, David Bowie and Bono feature as examples of figures who have paved the way for peace and understanding in a world that is constantly overcoming prejudices and challenges, both socially and politically. The video concludes with images of people holding their own banner saying, “PEACE WILL COME” with their name signed, creating a message of unity, hope and faith that we will see peace. Some of the featured faces include Liam Cunningham (actor) Patrick Bergin (actor), Gary Ringrose (rugby player), Guggi (Artist), Kevin Thornton (Celebrity Chef), Craig Fitzgerald (The Academic)
Get to know State Lights
Shobsy: Lead singer
Shobsy volunteers every September to help the sick pilgrims on the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. (Truth, no fake news!) He always has been interested in frontmanship ever since he was tiny. One Christmas when he was three, Shobsy asked for a 'microphone and a stander' in his letter to Santa!
Paul originally wanted to be a vocalist but got bored with the singing lessons! As a kid he was more interested in BMX than the drums until Paul had a bad crash and the handle bar went through his neck, ouch!
Before deciding that he wanted to go to BIMM and study music, Joe was very interested in journalism, specifically music and film journalism. He used to write reviews of albums that he loved, now the tables are turned. He also has a love the production side of music and would like to do as much production work as possible. Joe has his own studio, Studio CHR, located next to his home in Granard, Co. Longford. All State Lights music is recorded there by themselves.
If Noel hadn't discovered the degree course in commercial modern music at BIMM Dublin he would have gone to college to study architecture. He also has a couple of FAI coaching badges and managed a local kids football team for three seasons before moving to Dublin for college.
Sat Mar 3: Underground Dublin
Sat Mar 24: Backstage Longford
Sat Mar 31: Kasbah Limerick
Sat April 7: Levi’s, Ballydehob, Cork
Fri April 13: Central Arts Waterford
Fri Apr 27: Monroes Galway