Lydia Biography

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Birth Place: Gilbert, Arizona
Years Active: 2003-2010
Genres: Indie Rock

Lydia is an indie rock band from Gilbert, Arizona, formed in 2003. Leighton Antelman and Steve McGraw started writing music and booking shows when they were both in 7th grade. The band got their start as Rolo 15 while attending Greenfield Jr. High. They then went on to change the name to Nextabest. At that time, the band consisted of Leighton Antleman, Tim Whitlock, William Bradford and Steve Mcgraw. After that band broke up, Antelman and McGraw continued to write and play music. They then soon added drummer Loren Briton and bassist Dustin Forsgren and founded Lydia.

Their start came when a friend entered a demo of theirs into a contest which they won and were able to get a song on the “Atticus: ...Dragging the Lake, Vol. 3” compilation album in 2005.

Lydia was signed to the Arizona based record label HourZero, through which they released their 2005 debut album “This December; It's One More and I'm Free.”

They released their second album, “Illuminate” in March 2008. It was announced in August 2008 that the band had signed to Low Altitude Records and re-released “Illuminate” in October 2008.

In October 2009 they released a tour only EP titled “Hotel Sessions” which featured four acoustically re-recorded songs off their first album.

Lydia’s third album, “Assailants” was issued in July 2010. That same month McGraw announced he was leaving and the band subsequently broke up. After a brief hiatus it was announced the band had reformed in 2011. Their fourth album, “Paint it Golden,” was released in 2011.


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