Local Music Spotlight: Lights Over Norway

Laura Trottier

Lights Over Norway

Lights Over Norway is a Franklin-based experimental rock group with FHS’s own Pete Leger, Andrew Perrin, Tim Haigh, Ricky Thorn, Johnny Kinney, and Aaron Gosch. Andrew and Pete began playing music together at a young age, later on incorporating Ricky a couple of years ago. As their musical tastes expanded, they began gaining interest in creating a serious band. Last year, Tim joined the group on the keyboard to accompany Andrew and Ricky’s guitars and Pete’s drums.

When Aaron came in with vocals, the guys knew they had something worth while going on. When Johnny finally became part of the group, Lights Over Norway began. Since August, Lights Over Norway has played as a band of six. They got the name from the December 2009 Russian missile sighting over Norway that ended up being called the “light over Norway” until the issue was exposed. The guys base their band off mutual taste in music, good times, inside jokes, and band practices that involve little to no instrument playing. Despite this, though, they have released an EP titled “Good Job, Fire” and are working on a full-length album to be released before Summer 2011.

While the guys of Lights Over Norway argue about their main musical influence, it was decided that The Beatles, Of Montreal, Pink Floyd, Explosions In The Sky, Brand New, and The Flaming Lips were big influences to the band.

Since October of last year, 10.10.10 to be exact, Lights Over Norway has been playing in venues one to two times per month. Their next show is November 27th at a CD release party for another Franklin band, the Enthusiastics, which will be in Franklin. Lights Over Norway will also be playing a larger show on December 4th at The Palladium in Worchester, MA.

When asked about the ‘concert experience’, the guys just laughed and said that every show is a totally different experience from the last. Lights Over Norway is not the type of band to stand and just play their music for the set time. Staged-stage fights, stage dives, at least one of the guys in costumes, and hip-hop song intros are common at a Lights Over Norway show, along with the occasional introduction to all-original never-before-heard songs.

Lights Over Norway is on its way to becoming regular performers at Providence’s Firehouse 13 and their music has even been broadcasted on radio stations such as 88.3. To get info on upcoming Lights Over Norway shows, listen to their music, or just check out what all your friends are talking about, you can find Lights Over Norway on Facebook (as Lights Over Norway), MySpace (at Lights Over Norway) or at their website, lightsovernorway.bandcamp.com