Xmaslites is a shoegaze/indie/britpop band from Denver, Colorado. I don’t know how many of them there are, and the only name I’ve ever seen in connection to Xmaslites is Dominic Cicere. From what I can gather, he’s bounced from Denver to Atlanta and back to Denver, but that’s about all I know. I know that the band “formed” in 2009. I know that they just released their debut album Below The Horizon last week. I know that they’re influenced by a lot of 1990s shoegaze and britpop. From the sound of today’s song and from the look of their album cover, it’s really obvious that they’re big fans of the first two records by Ride. Well, Nowhere, anyway.
I can find very little about Xmaslites on the interwebs. Not even on their own Facebook page. If you forced me to make a guess, I’d guess that Cicere is the only member of Xmaslites. I’d guess that it’s just him with a lot of gear and a four-track recorder in a basement studio. That’s only a guess, though.
A couple of weeks ago, I got something in the mailbag about this new release, which officially dropped on June 25. The email that I got was signed “Xmaslites”, and it used the word “we” a lot, but I’m still guessing that it was “we” as in the royal “we”. The editorial “we”. Again, I’m only guessing about this.
Anyway, this is the song that stuck with me the most:
“Calling in the Airstrike” by Xmaslites
You can buy Below The Horizon from the Xmaslites bandcamp page.