Little Daylight brings inaugural tour to Tucson

2014-08-14T00:00:00Z Little Daylight brings inaugural tour to TucsonBy Gerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Members of the Brooklyn-based band Little Daylight get extra brownie points on their first trip to Arizona.

The indie electro-pop outfit has been booked to perform in the Old Pueblo over Phoenix, much to their satisfaction.

“We were originally told that we were playing Phoenix, which was fine” bassist Eric Zeiler said in a phone interview from his Brooklyn studio. “When we found out we were playing Tucson instead, we were all very happy. We’ve heard that Tucson is a much cooler place.”

The group, set to take the stage at Club Congress Monday night, has achieved quite a bit during its short time in existence.

The band launched in 2012, a friendship-turned-creative-partnership between old high school buds Zeiler, Matt Lewkowicz and Nikki Taylor.

Little Daylight began as a band that primarily created remixes — synth-heavy versions of songs by the likes of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Passion Pit.

The group’s reputation for taking borrowed tracks to new heights earned them high praise on a national scale before they ever played any venue as a group.

Its first official gigs were at last year’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, and featured tracks from its 5-song EP, “Tunnel Vision.”

“There was a significant buzz happening at that point,” Zeiler said. “We knew we had to practice our asses off to make sure those first shows were legit.”

They pulled it off in fine fashion, subsequently scoring opening slots on runs with British singer Charli XCX and Bastille.

Little Daylight’s gig is part of its inaugural headlining tour. The group is bringing with it material from its debut studio album, “Hello Memory,” which came out in July on Capitol Records.

Recorded in two phases in Brooklyn, the album exhibits the band’s talents. The release has an intentional cohesiveness to it.

“We are huge fans of classic albums,” Zeiler said. “When we started putting songs down, it was on all of our minds that we wanted to have these deeper moments and transitions between tracks. We were interested in what Little Daylight meant over the course of an entire release.”

Zeiler said the new album allowed the band to expand sonically. And while the immediate pressure is off, the group has already started bouncing around ideas for its sophomore release.

“We are definitely mindful of what is going to come next,” Zeiler said.

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