The System Lights


Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar.


The System Lights is a guitar-oriented mixture of atmospheric British and American influenced music. Lyrics are taken from shelves of classic and obscure literature as well as this thing that’s called reality. Moody vocals and blistering, effects laden - as well bare bones - guitar, are part of this concoction that walks the line between obscure indie and commercial radio rock and roll. We love life. Shine on.

We are currently looking for a permanent second guitarist and bassist.

Us: We record at the world reknowned Flowers Studio .flowersstudio. Our latest EP is about to go public (iTunes, Pandora, etc.). Our first professionally shot video has been released in the past two weeks and we have just begun to touch the international market. A second video was just produced recently and will be ready for release before the end of the year. Currently arranging to play large cities with wo well-established Chicago bands. We have many influences some of which are Noel Gallagher, Oasis, Radiohead, The Smiths, Morrissey, Keane, Johnny Marr, Travis, Radiohead, Wilco, Coldplay, Stone Roses, The 1975, Elliott Smith, Five for Fighting, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many others.

You: Stylish, imaginative, tasteful guitarist or bassist that understands that less can be more. We are not looking for a guitarist that can play 100 notes a minute. We have very minimal guitar solos and what we do have are short and melody based. You understand that guitar playing style as well as physical style are a part of branding the band to get into an international arena. We are also not looking for a slap bassist like Flea or Les Claypool. Please be familiar with and truly like the kinds of musical influences listed above. The right person will only want to play this type of music and not just everything because they can.

We are not metal. We are not punk. We are not a cover band. Think on a big level and do not be satisfied with being a typical weekend warrior.

On our Bandmix profile is our first five song EP and a video from our track "Ether." The artwork is nearly completed for the EP and will be on iTunes/Pandora, etc. within the next few weeks. We will be booking shows with two Chicago bands, in state and out, in the near future: We also have opportunity to play with Mpls bands and a band that plays internationally called The Ocean Blue s://./TheOceanBlueMusic

The first video is of our song "Ether", professionally done by supOfunk studios. We also have a new electric acoustic, 60's Southern California neo folk for 2013 video ("The Last Subway") we just shot two weekends ago that will be ready by Christmas. A pre-studio acoustic demo is on our be but has since been revised considerably and is now in the process of being recorded.

Our vocalist was close to signing with a major label several years ago (probably not something we'd want to do now, we're after investors and small labels). He toured and opened for national acts such as Third Eye Blind, Counting Grow, Alter Bridge, Train, Goo Goo Dolls and many others. He and his band did extremely well but we intend to do better. Our band is nearly complete, but for our bassist and guitarist we are looking to find the right people with the right talent, the right attitude, and understand that a band is a business but there's a right way to keep the integrity of the art.

We have a number of relationships in the industry, from regional and international musicians to a whole team of producers and engineers (one just did The Replacements first record in many years) and do not intend to be a Milwaukee/Chicago bar band of any sort. We have a lot going on. If you'd like to talk further, I'd be happy to fill you in.

We leave in less than two weeks for Mpls for Flowers Studio .flowersstudio to finish recording our second EP. If you check out their list of all labels plus artists such as The Replacements, Soul Asylum, The Dandy Warhols, The Jayhawks and Joseph Arthur - we have a long standing relationship with them dating back to when my vocalist was in his earlier band and intend to keep them as our studio of choice.

This is a lot of information, but we are serious, professional, experienced and not just talking BS to impress.

Serious inquiries only. No beginners please.

Social Media/Track Access:
://./watch?v=PxDhkvRepDI ("The Last Subway" pre-studio, in-house demo)

Screen name:
Member since:
Jul 07 2013
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
42 years


American and British indie and commercial sounds. Influences include Noel Gallagher, Oasis, Radiohead, The Smiths, Morrissey, Keane, Johnny Marr, Travis, Radiohead, Wilco, Coldplay, Stone Roses, The 1975, Elliott Smith, Five for Fighting, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many others.

Members Of Band

Lead Vocals - David Rangel;
Guitars/Background Vocals - Slim Jacobs;
Drums/Percussion - Mark Allyn

Lyrics - Rangel


All very high quality equipment. Jaquar guitars, Slingerland drums, Orange amps, etc.