Toronto indie-rocker’s dragged-out synth-pop project Light Fires has just released a prime song-of-the-summer candidate with the insidiously catchy new single, “Ten Feet Tall."
“I like you best of all / You make me feel ten feet tall / Sometimes that’s all a person needs to keep going”
I fell in love with those lyrics—paired with enormously hooky synth lines—early last July when Toronto duo Light Fires made their live debut at The Gladstone, specifically at a special Pride weekend edition of alt-queer party Trash!
Even then, it was obvious that vocalist Regina (a.k.a. the drag-queen alter-ego of Reg Vermue a.k.a. Gentleman Reg) and producer/synth wiz James Bunton (also the drummer in Ohbijou) were onto something special. Their electro-pop originals are infectious and beautifully crafted, with Regina’s vocals soaring over Bunton’s beats and melodies.
Over the past year, Light Fires has connected with a steadily growing audience through select live performances. In that time, the songs have poured out while Regina’s on-stage confidence and charisma have grown. A true diva, she dances, prances and belts the lyrics out while her brunette wig, high heels and lengthy lashes further catch the eye.
Like a very short list of shining lights in contemporary pop—Robyn and Adele come to mind—Light Fires make dance music that could be equally at home on hit radio and hip club nights. We may just find out as Light Fires do a star turn with this week’s official release of their debut single, the aforementioned “Ten Feet Tall.”
A shiny slab of white seven-inch vinyl can now be found in Soundscapes, Rotate This and Sonic Boom. Limited to a run of 500, the summery single features crowd favourite “If You’re Bored” on the flip and can also be purchased for $6 through Light Fires’ Bandcamp page. Those who buy it here will also be sent the songs digitally, along with bonus track “If We Got Along Ever.” The digital release itself is just three bucks.
To support the single, Light Fires collaborated with directors Colin Medley and Jared Raab to create this colourful, strobe-and-shadow-heavy pulsating video in which Regina trips the light fantastic. Warning: this song will lodge itself in your brain.
Light Fires next performs Aug. 3 at The Beaver ( 1192 Queen W., #WQW) and Aug. 4 at the SummerWorks Festival’s opening party at MOCCA (952 Queen W., #WQW).