New York-based trio The Running Lights formed in 2015, after singer and guitarist Mike Squillante appeared on the popular NBC talent show The Voice. Squillante toured as an opener for quirky pop artist Melanie Martinez, and formed The Running Lights with his brother Nick following his success on tour. The Squillante brothers recruited their drummer and close friend Steve Ranellone to round out the band. Since their formation, The Running Lights have released four live covers that earned over 50,000 views on YouTube, and now they are back with their official debut single, “Once Upon A Time.”
The song comes with a lyric video, and it’s got everything a successful pop song should have: a good beat, catchy hooks, and a message. “Once Upon A Time” is a reverse fairy tale told from the perspective of a hopeless romantic (which instantly makes me intrigued, since I’m a sucker for fairy tales and I am the most hopeless romantic of them all).
Check it out below!
The band offered this statement about their debut single: “We wanted ‘Once Upon A Time’ to speak to anyone who’s ever been insecure or embarrassed about the way they feel. Unsaid things can quickly turn into negative thoughts which can be a drag for you and for those close to you. We want to encourage those people to be open about their feelings! And not solely feelings of love and loss, but about anything and everything.”
As someone who is always trying to find balance between being disgustingly honest about their feelings and also being too closed off, this song speaks to me. Listen to it now, and check out some of The Running Lights’s covers. The release of their first EP will follow the single, so keep your eye out for it!
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