White Light Riot
White Light Riot are brothers Mike (vocals, guitar) and Mark (drums) Schwandt, Joe Christenson (lead guitar), and Dan Larsen (bass). The band during their brief existence (Fall 2005) have gained a rabid following and a reputation for turning out smart, radiant indie pop gems (“readymade singles”—Minneapolis City Pages). The four friends met at Armstrong high school, but didn’t manage to find their destiny until several years later, when Mike returned from studying in the U.K. with no degree, no money, and a blazing passion for Britpop.
In the beginning the band labored under the moniker of a popular line of women’s cosmetics, The Evening Glow. “I knew it was a ladies’ cosmetic line,” admits drummer Mark Schwandt. “I just didn’t think anyone else would know!”. After a short period the band changed their name to White Light Riot.
Following the 2005 EP [[The Dark Is Light Enough]], produced by Erik Appelwick (Tapes ‘N Tapes), White Light Riot released their first full-length, Atomism, for 50 Entertainment, in late 2007. The album was produced by Brent Sigmeth (Grant Hart, They Might Be Giants).
Mike Schwandt (Vocals, rhythm guitar)
Joe Christenson (Lead guitar, keyboard, back-up vocals)
Dan Larsen (Bass guitar, back-up vocals)
Mark Schwandt (Drums, percussion, back-up Vocals)
The Dark Is Light Enough (Mimajoda) 2005
Out of Sight EP (50 Records) 2007
Atomism (50 Records) 2007
White Light Riot 2011