Lightning Bugs

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Alternative, Post punk, Pop, Shoegaze Punk More...


Detroit MI United States

Sounds Like

Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire,


Fake Latin

Digital Location


Member since: 05/21/2012 Year Founded: 2009


Mail alt 16x12 Reid Mclellan
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Reid Mclellan


Vocals / Gtr 586.219.1745
Mail alt 16x12 Stephen Vilnius
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Stephen Vilnius


Bass 248.819.3148


  • Original material: 01 hrs : 00 min
  • Cover material: 00 hrs : 15 min
  • CDs released: 2
  • CDs sold: 500
  • Digital songs sold: 1000
  • Original Songs: 15
  • Average Draw: 75
  • Largest crowd: 300
  • Have sound: Partial PA
  • Licensed songs: 15


In the Spirit of Modest Mouse and the Pixies, Lightning Bugs bring their inspired songwriting and dynamic live performances to the stages of Detroit and Ferndale. 3 Nerds got together in 2010 just for fun, yet they soon found themselves as staple performers in local festivals like the Metro Times Blowout , Arts Beats and Eats , Ferndale's DIY Fest and Detroit Riverdays. They have opened for international touring artists Frontier Ruckus and New York's own Bear hands.

In March 2011, the band was dubbed CW50's 2011 Best Blowout Band after a stellar performance at the Metro Times Blowout which brought Ryan Allen of to rave about their melodramatic, bass guitar driven style, and their "grandiose moves of U2, Psychedelic Furs, the National and New Order." Allen says, "It's uplifting music for a depressing time.”

From there, notoriety grew, and they performed at such venues as The Majestic Theater, the Music Hall, The Gem Theater and The Magic Bag. They’ve also performed as far away as Brooklyn, New York.

They released their fist album “Kensington” in 2012. It propelled them to the top of the local scene as they became a highly sought after live act. They were invited to play the TEDX Detroit conference at the GEM Theater on the strength of their animated video and stellar single “Hopeless Kind”. They have been played on local radio stations 89x and Cave Radio. Lightning Bugs were also invited to NXNE 2013 and 2014.

Kensington Album Review:
Mikel O.D.’s review of Kensington raves “the hobbling bass line of "Not the Hopeless Kind" evolves into an inspiring sing-along track with touch a of shoe gaze… imagine capturing Pavement's most accessible moments and crossing them with epic sensibilities of Echo and the Bunnymen.”

Kensington album review:
“Remember when Alternative meant something? Imagine that, with some pop-punk and some anthemic indie rock (Arcade Fire or something) thrown in. The songs are obviously impassioned and the band are furious musicians,” Brett Callwood of Metro Times' City Slang
Lightning Bugs are releasing their sophomore effort “Conquistadors” on February 16th and are expecting even bigger things in 2015.

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