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Ten Million Lights are the juxtaposition of beauty & noise. Existing to fulfill their need to get loud & a craving of catharsis, they create epic psychedelic soundscapes combining heavy guitars & rhythms with beautiful melodies & harmonies. In the fall of 2020, this “noisy dream-pop & psych-tinged shoegaze [band],“ as The Portland Mercury calls it, is set to release Shine So Bright, showcasing an emotional roller coaster of desperation, rage, hope & finally peace. The Portland, OR quartet made up of Ryan Carroll (vocals), Eric Block (guitars), Russ Ellis (bass) and Paul Hardie (drums) have a unique chemistry fueled by their shared love of motorcycles, guitar pedals & building things (like their practice space, personalized recording equipment & lights - lots of lights!) Ryan & Eric have been performing together since 2003. The duo launched 10ML in 2009 after the implosion of their band Saturna during a west coast tour with Bob Mould.
Soon they welcomed Emily Logan into the fold & debuted their self-titled record. Shortly thereafter 10ML enlisted Russ Ellis & drummer Scott Smith. In 2015 they went into Revolver Studios to begin work on Sour Oranges. 10ML released Ephemera, compiling remixes & covers from the three-piece era & in 2018 released the Bellicose EP, the Sour Oranges full-length and the Drummer’s Dream EP. Later that year, Scott returned to Olympia, & Emily decamped to Seattle. Paul Hardie was quickly recruited to take the band in a heavier direction.