Jerome: "You open the case, full blast in your face. Gorgeous stringed instrument, amazingly meticulously detailled, once plugged...magic happens, the Holy sound is easily found. It's rich, deep, accurate and powerful at the same time. It fits perfectly the way I play, total osmosis. I'm really proud to be a part of Mayones !"
November 16, 2009 During their trip to Marseille, last saturday for a show at Musicomania, the band Lightseekers got in a car accident.
Cars totaled and some injury for a couple of members, the band will be off duty for at least 2 months, hoping they'll get back in shape quickly. The band would like to thank all those who supported them during this first and difficult week, and those who will think of them reading these lines. Thanks a lot for your support and see you soon on the stage! Lightseekers.
September 22, 2009
Live concerts this Fall, check out our schedule right above here! Certain shows will feature and friend and singer Fabien Barriol, depending on Gus's availability, so come support us on the road!
July 23, 2009 France release + international mailorder of our first album Flying Free on September 7, 2009, at an affordable price!
The album contains 12 tracks and is edited in France by Silence Records with a 16-page, full-color booklet and full-color CD label. Distributed by Musea, you should be able to find it on Amazon, Fnac, Cultura, Virgin and on our page too for international orders at a regular price.
The Japanese import version with a bonus track stays available in Japanese stores or through mailorder with Amazon, DBNF, Ebay, etc., depending on your country...
November 09, 2008 Flying Free international release November 19! At last our firs album is coming out, so check this out!
Thanks to a deal with Marquee - Avalon and Alien Prod, our label Silence Records offers the band a physical release in Japan and 8 other Asian countries as well as international digital distribution on the biggest music download websites (iTunes, Napster, Fnac, Virgin...). We will give you all the information in a few days.
July 18, 2008 Exclusive CONCERT! in native town Saint-Rémy de Provence, August 9.
Do not miss the band's exclusive preview show (out of tour) for the Glanum Rock Festival in their hometown. Lightseekers will be opening the festival, playing alongside 4 bands, with the best French representatives of hard rock headlining: SHANNON! Be there at 7pm, Place de la Gare, free entrance and beer at the counter!
While we're waiting for the album to be released, late spring this year at last, we are treating you with a couple of bonuses as a thank you for your continuing support. Check out the sites metionned above and stay tuned, we got more exclusive stuff coming at you soon!
October 28, 2007 Everyone! Our new promotional music video for the song Lightseekers is out! The video was shot in High Definition and is available as such both in streaming and download.
We placed it on many video websites so you can watch it on your favorite one in standard definition. Also, we really need ya'll's support, so please share our video and music with everyone around you, invite them to take a look and add us on myspace! If you are in the industry and want to know more about the band, we can ship a complete press kit with pictures, CD and DVD right to your office. Just get in touch with us at the bottom of this page.
Special thanks to the amazing team who made this whole journey possible, in particular to Matthis Chave our director, and PrimeTech for the set.
October 20, 2007
New band, new pictures. We took some really nice photos in the fabulous Hôtel des Ateliers de l'Image. The complete lineup was directed and photographed by Stef de la Vega, who did a fantastic job! We will share these pictures with all of you really soon.
On September 19th, the whole band gathered in the famous ****Hotel downtown Saint-Rémy de Provence, France, for our first photo shoot. The place is known for its involvement in pictural arts, photography and cinema. After only three hours of the sleep for the luckiests and less for the rest, we spent all day wandering the rooms, halls and elevators of the place. Stef de la Vega was assisted by Romain Dutourné and Blaise Thirard and our favorite staff as always - thanks to everyone.
August 7, 2007
Bonjour à nos lecteurs francophones ! Sachez que ce site promotionnel sera bientôt disponible en français.
C'est Fred, guitariste rythmique qui se charge de nous préparer tous les textes. En tant que président de Metal Master, il est très occupé mais ça arrive prochainement : biographie, news, et press kit. A très vite.
August 1, 2007
A new breath! Thank you all for your patience and welcome if you are new to our story. The Lightseekers are now tighter than ever and ready to rock for you guys.
We setup this website in order to provide everybody with news and material about the band, as we are now shopping for a deal with a publishing and a record company. If you need to get in touch with us, please do so by using the contact info at the bottom of this page. Everybody in the band thanks you for your interest and we hope to see you soon.
Nov 20, 2009
Le Local / Cancelled
Nov 7, 2009
Musikomania / Cancelled
Nov 1, 2009
Sept 26, 2009
Sept 13, 2009
Le Sonographe / Cancelled
June 21, 2009
National Music Day
Saint-Rémy de Provence
Dec 4, 2008
Premiere of Riff featuring the Lightseekers
Saint-Rémy de Provence
Aug 19, 2008
Glanum Rock Festival
Saint-Rémy de Provence
Jul 2, 2008
Tapage Nocturne, Radio Raje
May 17, 2008
Acoustic private concert, Studio PNP
Feb 11, 2006
Saint-Etienne du Grès
Feb 10, 2006
Saint-Etienne du Grès
Feb 4, 2006
Jeunes Talents, Chérie FM
Jan 14, 2006
Jan 7, 2006
Le Grand Bazar, Radio Maritima
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About the band
Gus Monsanto lead vocals
Pat Clapier lead guitar, vocals
David Shabtai keyboards, vocals
Frederic Geai-Schmitt guitar
Stephane Nicolas drums
Jerome Courenq bass guitar
Finding greatness in all things small, the Lightseekers are making some noise with the release of their first album, giving away only a hint of their ambition. “I was smacked in the face. Melodic hard rock of great quality, polished songs, superb melodies,” says Eric Pluto from Hardrock 80 magazine.
In the early 2000's, lead guitarist Pat Clapier (founder and composer for the band) was playing with his friends Stephane Nicolas (drums), Frederic Geai-Schmitt (guitar) and J-C Duvivier (vocals) in a cover band called Full Cover Rage. In 2004, when the band began to write its first songs, Pat Clapier met David Shabtai who was then playing and producing music for himself and others in the same small country town in southern France. The pair took a few months to produce the album on their own, with no money, working late and tiresome nights, as everyone had a regular job to deal with. It was only in the fall of 2005 after a year of hard work that the first album was mixed and done.
For a couple of months, the band rehearsed for their February 2006 showcase, which turned out to be a success: the Lightseekers gathered over 700 people at a small venue, unexpectedly selling hundreds of merchandising items and signing autographs for 3 hours. However, the band abruptly learned the following week that their lead singer and lyricist would be permanently leaving for Japan. After a six month slump, David and Pat were finally introduced to rising Brazilian singer Gus Monsanto. From January to June 2007, everyone worked hard to re-record the album, revamp the sound and write new arrangements and songs with Gus and new bassist Jerome Courenq. During that year, they produced a promotional music video and recorded a private acoustic concert to reveal another side of their musicianship.
In the summer of 2008, the band finally unveiled their unstoppable potential as an electric live act as they gathered a large audience at a very uncomfortable opening time: “In 9 songs, the Lightseekers conquered a big part of the audience with their powerful, melodic tunes, leaving only one desire: seeing them again,” writes Guillaume Senentz for Seigneurs du Metal. Thoughtful lyrics, beautiful melody, strong imagery and audience-moving live experiences are for the moment only showing a fraction of the energy and passion the guys have been accumulating over the past four years, in giving life to their name.
With the release of their first album Flying Free in November 2008, the best is yet to come. They're the Lightseekers, here they come.
Press / Industry
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13210 Saint-Rémy de Provence - FRANCE
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