It was only a few years ago that people started to recognize the name Lights. Since hitting the scene in 2008 with her debut album, The Listening, Lights Poxleitner has toured all over North America and overseas.
The Canadian electro-rock pop star’s latest album, Siberia, has been met with great reception and a year after its release she is still touring, having hit Austin earlier this month.
“It’s good to be back in Austin,” Lights said. “It’s bittersweet. This is the last tour of the year and I’m halfway through it.”
The Siberia tour has been to Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, as well as many cities in the U.S. and North America. The tour ended in the States.
“It’s been nuts, nonstop, and I’m exhausted,” Lights said. “We’ve been overseas six times since the release of Siberia, and countless shows in North American and in between. I’m ready to take a break and write some new songs, but it’s been amazing.”
Opening her Siberia tour was Arkells, a Canadian rock band whose sophomore record is Michigan Left. They have hit the Canadian top charts and have recently received the Juno Award for “New Band of the Year.”
“They’re a challenge to follow up every night because they’re so good and that’s the kind of band that you want to take up,” Lights said. “A band that’s going to get the crowd stooped and give the crowd their money’s worth for both bands.”
According to Lights, she has been very excited about the response to her album Siberia especially since it took a very different turn from The Listening. She is very enthusiastic about the results.
“I’m watching the audiences change and evolve and grow and people have heard of me only because of Siberia and they discovered The Listening later, and that’s how you know that something is good; that something is reaching another pocket,” Lights said. “That’s why I love evolving on each record and I think that’s what’s going to happen in the next record; doing something a little different because you are going to reach different people every single time.”
For her, it was a bold move to do something “blatantly less poppy” and she didn’t know what to expect as Siberia changed a lot from The Listening as Lights evolved throughout the years.
“Everything that you stumble upon on a daily basis contributes to who you are as person and who I am as a person contributes to my music,” Lights said. “I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t have that empowerment of feeling like I was a warrior all the time.”
Among Lights’ influences is her infatuation with weapons, and it is prevalent in Siberia. A great example of that is her song “Banner”.
“It’s very war-infused,” Lights said. “It’s got this really rhythmic, almost anthemic beat. I think that comes from this other worldly concept device that I’ll be a fighter in some other dimension.”
In efforts to show her appreciation to fans, Lights has been doing daily giveaways through Twitter in each city she has been to. The giveaways consist of a meet-and-greet and a free ticket.
“I feel really lucky and every time we come back, there’s still a few more people that come that have heard of you over the course of the last few months and it just feels so lucky,” Lights said. “So for those people that maybe can’t afford the tickets we can make that happen.”
Just before the tour started, Lights also released a music video for “Timing is Everything.” The song was never meant to be a single, but the opportunity to do the music video arose and she took it.
“It actually came together really quickly and towards the last minutes we really rushed the last bits of development on it,” Lights said about the video. “Those things never work out, so I was really shocked.”
The song, written about her meeting Beau Bokan, the lead vocalist of Blessthefall and her now husband, speaks about love and how if two people are in the right time they can end up falling in love.
“In the first verse it goes, ‘the princess is in another castle’ basically which is what happens every single time Mario gets to the end of a level so the princess is in another castle,” Lights said. “I was just using the reference to talk about how you could be in two completely different worlds and your always in the wrong place and then somehow one of those days you end up together one time and your done.”
Although, Lights is enjoying the Siberia tour, she has been met with a challenge. Since she and Beau got married earlier this year, they have had to face a lot of trials since both of them have been on tour and have been separated, at times, for long periods.
“I haven’t seen him in a month so it’s definitely one of those things that it comes with territory in this line of work,” Lights said “I think one of the things that people don’t recognize with this industry is that, that is something you sacrifice; a comfortable relationship, and it’s just more challenging and that’s the things were giving up.”
Lights is willing to sacrifice this aspect of her relationship but has not let it bring her down. She is making the best of it.
“We’re giving up having a family, because we’re out here touring all the time,” Lights said. “[But] when you find something that actually works it pretty phenomenal and I’m pretty lucky.”