Lowlight, the New Jersey-based, female-fronted synth-pop collective described as the state’s “hardest working and most fiercely loyal” outfit, has announced an exclusive, East Coast tour in support of Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers The Pretenders – just as the five-piece, self-described “roadhouse chic” band preps Born To Run, its second major release since 2016.
Lowlight’s Pretenders tour run kicks off in Miami on March 25, traveling up the East coast through South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, including a hometown gig March 30th at Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre. The band also has a number of solo gigs in the mix, with stops in Baltimore, MD, New Hope, PA and elsewhere.
A full list of dates and ticketing links can be found at www.lowlightnj.com.
Although Renee Maskin (vocals) and Derril Sellers (guitar) were acquaintances and college classmates, their musical paths didn’t cross until years later when a mutual friend (rock photographer Mike Petzinger) brought Renee to Derril’s studio to record a solo album. Those sessions, which included Colin Ryan on percussion and Dana Sellers (Derril’s wife) on keyboards, formed the basis of the musical collaboration that became Lowlight.
After the departure of original guitarist Tony Aichele, Derril took over string duties, and with the addition of Rey Rivera on bass, Lowlight’s stability was born. It’s also what’s borne the band’s distinctively modern, yet uniquely Americana aestheti