Hate to dwell on sad things, but we miss the hell out of now-defunct LA post rock act The Lights From Here...
Many of their tracks inhabited the pretty/crashing space defined by groups like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky, but they often diverged quite a bit from that as well -- like in the western-themed "Truth or Consequences" or xylophone-inspired madness of "Birdmouth." Their album off local label The New Black is definitely worth tracking down (inquire here).
We checked in with member Andres Cruzalegui to find out what happened and where all the members are now -- and he sent over a few unreleased tracks for us to post along with his answers.
Why did the band break-up?
I would hate to admit that we split for good. Instead, I like to see this as an indefinite break. We all have busy schedules and our lives have changed a lot so it became hard to provide the nurturing that is required to make a band work and grow together. I'm not saying that we are going to get back together, but I certainly do not eliminate the possibility. We still have some unreleased music that we would love to share in recordings and in live renderings. Right now tLFH is not a priority for each member's life, but that could easily change.
What have you been doing recently?
Robert Bauwens and I have been playing in The Soft Opening, another instrumental band that recently played with Timonium at Pehrspace. I was actually recently asked to join within the last couple weeks. I play guitar and Robert plays guitar as well (he doesn't play drums in this project).
Other members for The Soft Opening include: Ken Anderson (drums), John Cassaro (Bass), Adrian Place (guitar) and John (forget his last name on trumpet).
Kimberly Rock from tLFH has not been playing music lately, she has been working on her education. Rick Kitch, one of the original guitarists, moved to New Mexico and is now married and working on various music projects under various monikers. James O'toole, the original bassist, was playing with The Lava Children, but I believe they disbanded or moved. Robert Oppenheimer, the guitarist who replaced Rick, had a beautiful baby boy with his wife Nicole and still plays in the Half Mantis Group. Michael Bouvet, the replacement bassist also plays with the Half Mantis Group.