Having gone through numerous name changes, losing a founding member, funding a self-booked national tour on CD-R demo burns(and managing to make enough money to pay their rent), Headlights now find themselves with a new label to call home.
Headlights began as a four-piece combo from Champaign, IL and features ex-Absinthe Blind (Parasol Records) and Maserati(Kindercore) members. Following the break up of Absinthe Blind in 2003, guitarist/vocalist Tristan Wraight toured with Athens, GA's Maserati while several other ex-Absinthe Blind members began writing and performing as the three-piece Orphans. Upon his return to Champaign in winter 2004, Wraight and Orphans' keyboardist/vocalist Erin Fein began collaborating on new material. After playing a few shows with Orphans, the band and Wraight decided to change the name, scrap some of the old material and begin anew as Headlights. In spring 2004, they entered the studio to record their debut release, The Enemies EP.
The Enemies EP was recorded and mixed by Headlights and Adam Schmitt (Hum, The Living Blue, Velvet Crush) and finds the band mixing traditional rock instrumentation with keyboards, pedal steel, violin, glockenspiel, electronics, with boy/girl harmonies.
Shortly after The Enemies EP original release as a limited edition tour and mail-order CD, Headlights stripped down to a three-piece after their drummer left and went on to do two national tours including notable shows with The Delgados, Crooked Fingers, Magnolia Electric Company, Mates of State, Appleseed Cast, Headphones, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Owen, Earlimart, Ester Drang, Lassie Foundation, Mono, and Poster Children among others. A year after selling out of its original pressing, The Enemies EP finally sees a proper release on Polyvinyl Record Co. November 8th, 2005. The coming year looks bright for Headlights with consistent touring of the U.S., a 7" in the spring and their first full-length debut in fall 2006.
04.12.2007 USA - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
06.12.2007 USA - Salt Lake City, UT @ Killby Ct.
10.12.2007 USA - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
12.12.2007 USA - Iowa City, IA @ Picador
13.12.2007 USA - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
14.12.2007 USA - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
15.12.2007 USA - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
31.12.2007 USA - Champaign, IL @ Cowboy Monkey
"The group has an uncanny ability in shrouding dark emotions with nicely crafted pop hooks. Feeling bad has never sounded this good."