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photo: Jordan Corso
photo: Jordan Corso

Brooklyn band The Mystery Lights are one of the better garage rock acts in NYC or any other city at the moment, bringing good songwriting, musicianship and a welcome dash of soul to the genre. The band are set to release Too Much Tension, their second album for Daptone imprint Wick Records, on Friday. As the title implies, the state of the world closing in on us informs the record, but it never gets too heavy, with a danceable groove at the center of its songs. Take for example the album’s title track, which doesn’t need to get into specifics to convey its feeling, with basically the title repeated over an infectious circular groove. The video, shot all over NYC on Super-8, is a lot like the record — vintage vibes for a modern world. That video premieres in this post and you can watch it, and check out a few other songs from the album, below.

The Mystery Lights will be on tour beginning with a record release show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 18 with Dirty Fences and Future Punx (tickets). They’ll hit most major U.S. and Canadian cities before wrapping things up in Cambridge, MA on June 29. They’ll tour Europe in the fall — all dates are listed below.

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5/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – Release Show
5/31: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
6/1: Washington, DC @ DC9
6/2: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
6/4: Atlanta, GA @ 529
6/5: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
6/7: Dallas, TX @ Sundown at Granada Theater
6/8: Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/10: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
6/11: Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
6/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
6/13: San Francisco @ The Chapel
6/15: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
6/16: Vancouver, BC @ Static Jupiter
6/17: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
6/18: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/20: Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
6/23: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
6/25: Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
6/26: Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at The Crofoot
6/27: Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern
6/28: Montreal, QC @ L’Escogriffe
6/29: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs
9/5: DE, Münster @ Gleis 22
9/6: NL, Amsterdam @ Paradiso Noord
9/7: DE, Hamburg @ Molotov
9/8: NL, Asten-Heusden @ Misty Fields
9/12: UK, London @ Dingwalls
9/15: BE, Leffinge @ Leffingeleuren
9/17: DK, Copenhagen @ Loppen
9/18: SE, Stockholm @ Bar Brooklyn
9/19: NO, Tromso @ Driv
9/20: NO, Bergen @ Landmark
9/21: NO, Oslo @ Vulkan Arena
9/22: DK, Aarhus @ Atlas
9/23: DE, Hannover @ Lux
9/24: DE, Berlin @ Kantine Am Bergain
9/25: DE, Mainz @ Kulturclub Schon Schon
9/27: DE, Nuremberg @ Hemdendienst
10/1: UK, Manchester @ Night & Day Cafe
10/2: UK, Leeds @ Belgrave
10/3: UK, Newcastle @ Cluny 2
10/4: UK, Glasgow @ Broadcast
10/5: IE, Dublin @ Sugar Club
10/6: UK, Birmingham @ Hare & Hounds
10/10: FR, Lille @ L’Aeronef
10/11: FR, Rouen @ Le 106
10/12: FR, Nantes @ Stereolux
10/14: FR, Rennes @ Ubu
10/15: FR, Paris @ La Maroquinerie
10/16: BE Eupen – Alter Schlachthof
10/17: BE, Brussel @ Botanique
10/18: NL, Nijmegen @ Doornroosje
10/19: NL, Rotterdam @ Left of the Dial
10/23: FR, Belfort @ La Poudriere
10/24: CH, Basel @ Kaserne
10/25: CH, Luzern @ Südpol
10/29: ES, Donostia @ Dabadaba
10/30: ES, Madrid @ El Sol
10/31: ES, Vitoria @ Helldorado
11/1: ES, Barcelona @ Upload
11/2: ES, Benidorm @ Funtastic Dracula Carnival
11/4: ES, Sevilla @ Sala x
11/5: PT, Lisbon @ Sabotage

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