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My response to @Toritalksmusic’s article

When Tori tweeted me her link to her article about the hidden track “Her Eyes Say Yes,” I read it with an open mind. The song has always been a very popular one that kids request often and, though I didn’t originally sing it on the record, I’ve found myself over the past 6 or so years finishing off a lot of our sets with it.  As Tori said in her article, I’ve even been more vocal about the lyrical content and my thoughts on it, but that reason isn’t because I’ve been looking at the world with “more adult eyes” or feel that I’ve matured and realize the lyrics are wrong.  Let’s start from the beginning.

In the fall of 2005 Hit The Lights was recording our debut record with Matt Squire in Maryland.  The record was almost finished and one night Omar said he wanted to show us something and took us into the studio.  There, he showed us an idea he had been working on.  Omar had taken a chorus from a song I wrote in a previous project called Newyear.  The chorus is the one that is now a part of “Her Eyes Say Yes” and the lyrics are “Tonight I’ll wait until I know you’re fast asleep and poison you with memories of you and me. I pray you die slowly, so I can be the last thing you see.”  Obviously, the song was metaphoric as you can’t poison someone to death with memories.  He took the creepy vibe of the chorus and used that to write this sugar pop song that had this edge and beautifully eerie vibe to it, all brought out by the combination of lyrics and melody.  We all listened and loved it.  We didn’t think Omar was planning to tie anybody up, we never thought people would get any ideas from listening to the song.  Fast forward to present time and the song is still a staple that we gladly play for a crowd if they want to hear it.

2005 was a long time ago.  We’ve all grown and changed as people and musicians.  When we play that song now, yes, I make a comment on how creepy it is because I understand that’s it IS creepy. It was MEANT to be creepy, but not creepy as in “We support kidnapping people.” It’s psychopathic creepy. It’s horror movie creepy. We’ve grown up with movies like “Seven” and “Saw” which have these terrifying aspects to them… but it’s still art.  Nobody is going around bitching about “Seven” and how fucked up that was, and they ACTUALLY SHOW YOU THAT STUFF.  How is our song any different?  What about our song “Body Bag?” That song has a HORRIBLE message, but that’s not why we wrote it.  I wrote Body Bag as a fun homage to the tough guy hardcore that I grew up loving.  We weren’t going to beat people lifeless in a parking lot at our shows, and we didn’t expect any kids to hear it and do the same.  We aren’t “dropping girls” from “the highest buildings we can” because that’s not what we mean. It’s metaphoric, it’s art and it should be treated that way.  It’s not a fucking manifesto.  

Tori, I get it, I do.  I’m turning 30 this year, and there are PLENTY of HTL lyrics that make me cringe now when I have to sing them 8 years later, but I’m not going to pretend that all of a sudden I have to take all of our lyrics literally because I’m older.  Those lyrics never came from a bad place, they were meant to fit the vibe in a song. It was meant to skew a pop song in a way that people didn’t expect.  You can make me the straw man, you never have to listen to HTL again, I really don’t give a shit.  But trying to convince people that “Her Eyes” in an ode to sexual assault is like saying Grand Theft Auto only exists so people can kill prostitutes.  

Yes, I whole heartedly admit that “Her Eyes” is a creepy song. It was MEANT to be. 

By the way, the title(in full) is “Her Eyes Say Yes but The Restraining Order Says No” and it’s a line taken from “The Simpsons.” In the end, as long as our fans want to hear the song and we have time in our set, we’ll play the song because when we’re playing it, kids aren’t thinking about any of the stuff you said.  They’re thinking about where they were in their life when the were playing the record, or all of the times they’ve had with my band, AND WE DO THE SAME.  Take it, twist, turn it, make a little movement out of it but why stop there?  Might as well go after every movie, song or poem that YOU think is out of line because you know how the world works looking through your adult eyes.  Happy you’ve grown but I think you might have a little ways to go.  Thanks for reading.

Nick 

My Thief Club record can now be pre ordered HERE with some different bundles to pick from as well. Check out ThiefClub.com to hear songs and more!

My Thief Club record can now be pre ordered HERE with some different bundles to pick from as well. Check out ThiefClub.com to hear songs and more!

Glamour Kills Announce Holiday Show; Hit The Lights To Play ‘Skip School, Start Fights’ In Full

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Glamour Kills’ holiday show will be taking place on January 3rd in New York City. Hit The Lights will be headlining the show with a full performance of Skip School, Start Fights. Check out all the other bands confirmed below after the jump.

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brianmarquis:

I’m very excited to announce the 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour!
2014 ACOUSTIC BASEMENT TOUR LINEUP, DATES, & BLACK FRIDAY VIP SPECIAL
Vans Warped Tour Presents: The 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour running Jan 31-Feb 20 featuring intimate acoustic performances by Transit (full-band),Hit the Lights, Brian Marquis, & Front Porch Step. Special regional guests will also join the tour along the way.
Limited VIP Ticket Packages for all dates go On-Sale at 10am EST on Black Friday Nov 29th and there will be a 1-Day-Only Black Friday special price of $20 per VIP Ticket Package through www.SoundRink.com After Black Friday, VIP Ticket Packages will be available at the regular price of $27, however, quantities are very limited for these intimate shows.
The VIP Ticket Package will include the following: 
-1 General admission ticket-1 Limited edition 18”x24” silkscreen tour poster-1 Bag of limited edition tour guitar picks (4)-1 Chance to win a new Legator acoustic guitar
General On-Sale for all dates begins at 12pm noon (local time) on Cyber Monday Dec 2nd at www.AcousticBasement.com
Vans Warped Tour Presents: The 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour
w/Transit (full-band), Hit the Lights, Brian Marquis, Front Porch Step
Jan 31 – Santos Party House – New York, NYFeb 01 – Webster Underground – Hartford, CTFeb 02 – Jack’s Place - Albany, NYFeb 04 – La Sala Rosa – Montreal, QCFeb 05 – Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ONFeb 06 – The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NYFeb 07 – Mahall’s – Lakewood, OHFeb 08 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MIFeb 09 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, ILFeb 11 – The Demo – St. Louis, MOFeb 12 – The End – Nashville, TNFeb 13 – Zydeco – Birmingham, ALFeb 14 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GAFeb 15 – New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SCFeb 16 – Clubhouse – Greensboro, NCFeb 18 – The Camel – Richmond, VAFeb 19 – Empire – West Springfield, VAFeb 20 – The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA

brianmarquis:

I’m very excited to announce the 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour!

2014 ACOUSTIC BASEMENT TOUR LINEUP, DATES, & BLACK FRIDAY VIP SPECIAL

Vans Warped Tour Presents: The 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour running Jan 31-Feb 20 featuring intimate acoustic performances by Transit (full-band),Hit the LightsBrian Marquis, & Front Porch Step. Special regional guests will also join the tour along the way.

Limited VIP Ticket Packages for all dates go On-Sale at 10am EST on Black Friday Nov 29th and there will be a 1-Day-Only Black Friday special price of $20 per VIP Ticket Package through www.SoundRink.com After Black Friday, VIP Ticket Packages will be available at the regular price of $27, however, quantities are very limited for these intimate shows.

The VIP Ticket Package will include the following: 

-1 General admission ticket
-1 Limited edition 18”x24” silkscreen tour poster
-1 Bag of limited edition tour guitar picks (4)
-1 Chance to win a new Legator acoustic guitar

General On-Sale for all dates begins at 12pm noon (local time) on Cyber Monday Dec 2nd at www.AcousticBasement.com

Vans Warped Tour Presents: The 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour

w/Transit (full-band), Hit the Lights, Brian Marquis, Front Porch Step

Jan 31 – Santos Party House – New York, NY
Feb 01 – Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
Feb 02 – Jack’s Place - Albany, NY
Feb 04 – La Sala Rosa – Montreal, QC
Feb 05 – Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
Feb 06 – The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
Feb 07 – Mahall’s – Lakewood, OH
Feb 08 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Feb 09 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
Feb 11 – The Demo – St. Louis, MO
Feb 12 – The End – Nashville, TN
Feb 13 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
Feb 14 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Feb 15 – New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
Feb 16 – Clubhouse – Greensboro, NC
Feb 18 – The Camel – Richmond, VA
Feb 19 – Empire – West Springfield, VA
Feb 20 – The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA

New Thief Club song!

I’ve just released another song off of my up Thief Club album “My Heavy” - Booyah!

THIEFCLUB.COM IS UP AND AT EM’!!!

Greetings and salutations from St. Louis, Missouri where I’m sitting in my new apartment typing this and contemplating whether or not to take my morning deuce… NO. I MUST FINISH THIS POST!  

I’m proud to announce that my Thief Club site is online and active and in celebration, I thought I’d clear the air and explain exactly what my Thief Club project is and how it came to be:

Over the past year I’ve been off the road and away from most touring and HTL related activities.  I know that might make some people worry but fear not: this is something that needs to happen and for the greater good.  Aside from that aspect of my life, I began releasing new material for a project I call “Thief Club” in late October.  I know that this raises many questions as far as what this means for the future of HTL, why Thief Club sounds similar to HTL and what my motives were for this project. Hopefully, I can answer some of these questions now.

As most people know, HTL took a LOT of time in between the release of Skip School, Start Fights and Invicta, most of that having to do with label turmoil. It was a lot of fun for us, believe me!  During that time there were many, many songs written and when you have lots of songs and everyone is trying to agree on a small amount for a record, sometimes songs get left behind.  I wrote many songs for our record and in the end, some of them didn’t get used that I really loved. When you have 5 songs writers in a band, and you all listen to different stuff, you’re going to have different opinions as far as what you like and dislike.  The main thing is finding that medium where everyone is happy. I would rather play songs that all of my bandmates like than force something down their throats and make them play songs they don’t believe in. I respect the guys in my band, I care about their opinion and I want us all to have a say in the sound of Hit The Lights. That’s the bottom line. At the same time, when all was said and done, I had these songs that I felt were some of the best I’ve ever written and I didn’t want them to be shelved and never heard by anyone. Knowing that, I booked time with Rob Freeman(producer of Skip School/My Heavy) and recorded some songs with him in 2012, simply because I wanted to hear some of those songs completed.  Some of you may have downloaded them when I released them between October and December of 2012 under the moniker of “Thief Club”.  I expected nothing and was just happy to release these songs that I felt so good about.  

From there, HTL went on break and in the spring of 2013 my good friend Masa, who works for HTL’s Japanese label Kick Rock Records, reached out to me about using a TC song on a compilation.  Still having a few songs that I still wanted to record, I asked him if he’d be interested in releasing a Thief Club EP.  He told me that it would be in the better interest of Kick Rock if we just did an album, something that never crossed my mind.  Being in a writing funk since Invicta, I decided that it would be good for me to get back into writing again. I told Masa I would do a full length, contacted Rob Freeman about producing it, and began writing what would become “My Heavy”.  It’s my project, mine alone to answer to, I love watching my vision come to life, and I couldn’t have done it without Rob Freeman and Kick Rock Records.  They made this happen.  I understand that it “sounds like HTL” - I WRITE AND SING HTL SONGS!  It’s just me being me, that’s it.  Over the past few months I toyed with many ideas on how to release a record myself and this is the conclusion that I’ve come to:

I’m going to release two songs a month for streaming and online retail and set up a pre-order for the physical copy of the record.  This way, everyone gets to continuously hear new music for the next few months and anyone who has already paid for the 3 songs I released in 2012 won’t have to pay for them again if they buy the album online.  Anyone who wants a physical copy can order it from me and we’ll keep it nice and intimate as it should be!  Meanwhile, I’ve been having my good friend Chad Bercea build an awesome website that will have all the songs for streaming, as well as a background into how the songs came about and what went into writing them. I thought it was a cool idea and Chad has done an amazing job making my vision into a reality.  Any more questions, feel free to ask me here. I know I haven’t used this for awhile, but life is pretty boring off the road anyway :)

Now go check out ThiefClub.com and as always, I’ll keep you updated on HTL as well as the release of “My Heavy”. Everyone stay safe and keep your ears out for some new Thief Club jams headed your way!

Love, 

Nick

p.s. Oh my god I have to poop so bad now

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Australia: SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER.

Australia: SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER.

Japan tried to sell me a retarded puppy. Totally cool, bro.

Dis bitch be thinkin’ she all dat but she ain’t all dat. Dis bitch be trippin’!

Produced by my man Kevin Mahoney!

(Source: Spotify)

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