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Capital Lights was formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2002 as a Christian screamo band called Aftereight. The group consisted of lead vocalist Jacob Dement, guitarist Brett Admire, bassist Bryson Phillips, and drummer Jay Caudle. The band chose their name due to the fact their band was only able to practice after 8:00 at night, when part of the band’s shift at a local diner was over. Under this name, the band released a self-titled EP in 2003. In 2008, while recording their debut studio album for Tooth & Nail, Aftereight officially changed its name to Capital Lights as a way of signifying their new musical direction. According to lead singer Bryson Phillips: “With afterEIGHT, we screamed a whole lot. It was a completely different style. It was a lot harder music with the screaming, but we changed to this band. We still kept the name afterEIGHT for a while, and so we sold our new EP as that band. We had a lot of member changes, and I moved to vocals. We got a new guitar and bass player. Now we’re more poppy. It was a huge change. When we did change to Capital Lights, it was just a name change because we had already changed our sound…We didn’t like the name, and we were ready to change it. We kept it to keep some fans in our hometown of Tulsa, but they didn’t like the name either. So we just decided while we were in Seattle to change it. The band identifies themselves as a Christian band. When asked to identify the content of the band’s music, guitarist Jonathan Williams responded, “Mostly life situations. We’re a Christian band[,] meaning all of the members are Christians and we live according to that[,] but we don’t try and force it on anyone. Most of our songs are just about everyday situations and everyday life dealing with relationships and people. Furthermore, when asked if his faith influenced his songwriting, lead singer Bryson Phillips stated: “I’d say yes, sometimes our faith will influence the way we write. Some examples are ‘Gotta Have Love’ and ‘Honey Don’t Jump’ but for the most part life experiences influence the songs. All of us in the band are Christians and live by faith. But most of our songs are simply just songs. . . nothing bad but nothing spiritual. Just songs.