Lightspeed Champion is a pretty accomplished songwriter, but seriously... we're guessing a lot of folks will be clamoring for him to get behind the drum kit after checking out his new video for "Madame Van Damme". Apparently, his goofy chops just makes the girls go wild.
After the experimental rock outfit Test Icicles disbanded in 2006, Devonte Hynes
launched Lightspeed Champion
as his own folk-driven indie rock venture. The new project allowed him to focus on his love for melodies, a fondness that began with Hynes' childhood love of Broadway musicals and, years later, helped sweeten Test Icicles' spastic sound. After writing a batch of fresh material, Hynes -- who had also grown up listening to country music -- flew to Nebraska to collaborate with Saddle Creek's resident producer, Mike Mogis. Backed by an informal band comprised of members of Cursive, Tilly and the Wall, and the Faint, Hynes recorded a number of semi-acoustic songs, several of which were later released on the Galaxy of the Lost
and Tell Me What It's Worth
single compilations. Lightspeed Champion then spent the latter half of 2007 on tour, first as an opening act for Bright Eyes and then as a headlining band. A U.K. tour was planned for early 2008, as was the release of the group's full-length debut, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge
. - allmusic.com