Straylight Run began in 2003 in Baldwin, New York. The band features John Nolan and Shaun Cooper of Taking Back Sunday fame. Not long after their inception, they released several demos for free download on their website, almost immediately gaining them widespread exposure. In 2004, they released their debut full-length Straylight Run, which peaked at number 100 on Billboard charts - by all means successful for a first release. 2007 saw the release of their second full-length The Needles the Space via major label Universal Records, which peaked at number 72 on Billboard charts. Unfortunately, the label dropped the band later that year. In 2008, member Michelle DaRosa left the band to form Destry, and in 2010, after the release of Un Mas Dos EP (2008) and About Time EP (2009), Straylight Run announced they were going on hiatus. Nolan and Cooper returned to Taking Back Sunday, ending any hope of the continuation of Straylight Run in the near future. With this in mind, make sure to grab your Straylight Run tickets should they ever become available, as their live show is not something you want to miss.
Straylight Run - The Music
Straylight Run play a brand of delicate indie-rock that bears little semblance to Taking Back Sunday. Their sound is comparable to that of Lydia, John Nolan's solo work and even Sufjan Stevens at times. The presence of Michelle DaRosa allows them to add a unique layer in terms of female vocals, as does their upbeat, prancing style that is frequently flanked by horns, accordions and a variety of other eclectic instruments.