photo by Adrienne Beacco
Sixlight is the brainchild of three friends, Nick Henry (vocals), Curtis Martin (guitar), and Ian Collins (guitar) who met while stationed at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base (OO-RAH!). After leaving the service, they each went through several music projects only to find themselves together again. Rob Ending on bass and Travis Sharpe on drums joined the trio to form Sixlight. Moving to Greensboro, NC, a loss for Jacksonville’s tiny music scene, they recently released their self-titled EP, Sixlight, nine tracks of what they think rock music should be.
Sixlight is a refreshing change from the harder metal that I am used to. Its melodic vocals coupled with a slightly electric backstory are reminiscent of Shinedown. It has an edginess to it with songs such as “Hostage” and “Crucify Me.” I can’t say that there is one favorite track for me because I like them all, but “Reach for the Sky” stands out in my mind as one that sticks with me. Too often when hearing music, you hear something that has burned itself into your brain so hard that all you want to do is turn on your go-to band and erase the music. I knew “Reach for the Sky” had cemented itself when I found myself humming it as I made lunch and I didn’t race to listen to something else. It has not only the lyrics that will stay with you, but the music that stays in your head long after you have turned it off.
Every band has that one song that is pensive and regretful. “Losing Faith” is definitely that song on this album. The one that makes you remember your lost love, the one that you let get away. The ability to transition from the harder rock to a lighter, regretful rock sound showcases the band’s talent. While it’s not probably for your die-hard death metal fan, it has an appeal that will draw listeners to hard rock that isn’t in your face. If you have heard so much of the growling lyrics – admit it we’ve all been there – and need something that will calm your brain, pop this one in and let its easier sound soothe you. It’s not Manilow and won’t put you to sleep. I promise.
Hi guys! Let us know who you are and what your role is in the band.
I am Ian and I am the lead guitar player in Sixlight.
Curtis. I play rhythm guitar.
Nick and I am lead singer.
You are from Camp Lejeune, but now you’re in Greensboro. Why the move?
Sixlight: I think mostly because of the people we knew and the space we needed to work with the equipment. We knew people that had the space and the things to work with. We just went with it.
Where does the name Sixlight come from?
It’s not really anything. It’s just a cool name that we like. Just words put together.
So, you really just pulled names out of a jar.
Yeah. That’s all there is to it. Sixlight has a ring to it. It had to have that ring to it or we weren’t going to take it.
What’s the band’s influences?
That’s constantly changing. The current sound we have is 30 Seconds to Mars, Three Days Grace, Shinedown. Bands like that are where we pull from.
Who writes most of the music?
It’s definitely a group effort.
What comes first, the music or the lyrics?
That varies. There are certain songs where our bassist, Rob, there’s a song “Paradise” that was his brain child. Then there are other songs like “Reach for the Sky” where a couple of us worked on them.
Where do you see yourselves in five years?
Big, huge arena tours.
Do you prefer the bigger venues to the smaller ones?
Small venues are fine. It’s nice to have a small venue a lot of people show up, it’s a good fun atmosphere. Everybody is there to have a good time. Sometimes at large venues they don’t quite sell as many and your just like this is cool, but not everyone is there to party.
Who do you want to tour with?
That’s so tough because even though we just put out an album, we are working on our second one and it sounds nothing like this album. Our new stuff is more like Imagine Dragons. The next album we have three or four songs for sounds like Imagine Dragons, stuff like that.
Well like I said, I just wanted to let everyone know you guys are out there. Thanks for talking to me.
You can follow Sixlight at www.sixlightus.com or on FaceBook @sixlightmusic.
If you want to catch them live they will be at The Drunk Horse Pub in Fayetteville, NC, on June 23rd.