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Long Island Trio 'Lights Resolve' Prepare for CMJ 2011; Credit Music Festival For Success

By Annie Reuter

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A week before their debut album, Feel You're Different, is released, a band from Long Island is ready for their CMJ Music Marathon showcase.

Having played the festival for the past three years, Lights Resolve frontman Matthew Reich says CMJ has helped with the band's success.

"CMJ has been a platform literally for us to take the stage and for people to learn about our band. I think a lot of people found out about us through CMJ because we did shows at Bowery Ballroom, Bowery Poetry Club," he said. "We were on certain shows where people found out about us and now we're some of those people's favorite bands. It's great to have that kind of festival with a built in audience that may not be your normal audience so you can tap into a new crowd."

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Lights Resolve has shared the stage with the Used, Shiny Toy Guns, Dashboard Confessional and Panic at the Disco, and they're often compared to Muse and fellow New Yorkers the Bravery.

During this year's showcase Lights Resolve will perform material off their upcoming release.

"If you want to come out and experience really loud guitars, huge drums and blistering bass, then you should come and see us," Reich says. "We will have a special guest with us which is all I can say. It's going to be a hell of a night, that's for sure."

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While he wouldn't go into detail about their special guest, Reich did offer some advice to bands witnessing CMJ for the first time.

"A million things will probably go wrong because everything is moving so quickly so you have to be prepared to go with the flow. I think that's the CMJ attitude. Take what you're given and make it as good as you can," he said. "It's not going to go exactly as you planned. It's just the nature of the festival with so many bands being in town. Roll with the flow and have the best time possible."

Lights Resolve perform tonight at Maxwell's in Hoboken at 10 p.m. For more on the band, visit their Website.

1039 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5201
(201) 653-1703

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