Hometown Frostburg

Members Derek Shank, keyboards and vocals; Josh Grapes, samples, effects, keyboards and vocals; Curt Tompkins, drums and vocals; Kenny Tompkins, guitar and lead vocals

Founded 2006

Style experimental electro-pop

Influenced by Mum, Deerhoof, Panda Bear

Notable The Christmas Lights is the brainchild of Kenny Tompkins, who recorded the band's debut album, Walk Like a Human, at home by himself. Tompkins recruited Grapes, Shank and his brother, Curt, to perform the pieces live.

Quotable "It's supposed to represent a lack of reverence for the traditional or a sort of ironic ownership of something universal," Tompkins said of the band name. "It's not really affiliated with religion or Christmas or anything like that."