Dream-Sludge Duo Spotlights Release New Single, “What is This? Where are We?”


MS scribe Chain Wallace came up with the perfect genre tag for Spotlights when writing up their late 2016 EP Spiders: “dream-sludge.”

Put another way: how often do you encounter a band that taps both Crowbar and Weezer as influences?

The prolific husband and wife duo — they released a full-length last year as well, Tidals — is poised to put out another album before year’s end. The album’s latest single, “What is This? Where are We?” does exactly what Spotlights have proven they do so well over the past year plus: mix devastatingly heavy sludge riffs with dreamy soundscapes that are at once depressing and uplifting. It’s difficult to know what to feel when listening other than impressed at how seamlessly Mario and Sarah Quintero pull off the combination of two seemingly disparate sounds.

Seismic comes out on October 6th via Ipecac Records. Spotlights are currently out on tour with Melvins, and they’ll finish off 2017 as support for Hundredth. All of the dates — and the track stream — are below.

with Melvins:

September 5 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
September 6 Tucson, AZ 191 Toole
September 8 Austin, TX The Mohawk
September 9 Dallas, TX Tree’s
September 10 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
September 11 Houston, TX Warehouse Live (Studio)
September 13 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s
September 14 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
September 15 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s
September 16 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
September 17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
September 18 Orlando, FL The Social
September 20 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
September 21 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (Hell Stage)
September 22 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
September 23 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
September 25 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
September 26 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Co.
September 27 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
September 28 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
September 30 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
October 2 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad
October 3 Flagstaff, AZ The Green Room
October 6 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bazaar *

* – Spotlights only

with Hundreth:

November 30 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
December 1 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bazaar
December 2 Philadelphia, PA Boot and Saddle
December 3 Somerville, MA Once Ballroom
December 5 Millvale, PA The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s
December 6 Lakewood, OH Mahalls
December 7 Lansing, MI The Loft
December 8 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
December 10 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
December 12 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
December 13 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
December 15 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
December 16 Mesa, AZ The Underground
December 18 Austin, TX Sidewinder
December 19 Dallas, TX Dirty 30
December 20 Houston, TX Walter’s
December 22 Birmingham, AL The Syndicate Lounge
December 23 Atlanta, GA Masquerade


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