In 2011, out of the ashes of Winnipeg buzz band The Morning after, singer/songwriter Jean-Guy Roy quietly rose from the depths of his basement's cold storage room to record a new collection of songs with award winning engineer/producer, Cam Loeppky (Weakerthans, Imaginary Cities, Cannon Bros). The result was “Carbon”, a six song EP that was met with immediate praise nation wide with the Toronto Star calling it “quietly electric, emotionally unguarded, and so thick with regret, you’d need a hoe to cut through it.”
From there 2012 saw Federal Lights tour the country playing festivals and opening for acts like Imaginary Cities, Rah Rah, and the Great Lake Swimmers. The band also received an APCMA nomination for Rock Album of the Year and performed on the nationally syndicated APTN series Arbor Live.
In 2013, the band signed with Toronto's Aporia Records for the August release of the full length We Were Found In The Fog. Engineered by Loeppky and produced by Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities), the album sees the band at its sharpest. The hooks are more refined, the lyrics more precise and Roys timeless, resonant voice is as clear as a bright blue Prairie sky. From the propulsive, handclap pop of I See Love to the rolling, Wilco-approved Americana of Skyline, We Were Found In The Fog has a comforting warmth about it. Hailed by the CBC as a Top 15 canadian record to be heard. The album's first two singles “I See Love” and “Cobra” both debuted at the No. 1 spot on the CBC Radio 3's Top 30.
With the release of We Were Found In The Fog the band has performed at all kinds of music festivals, showcased from SXSW to NXNE, and toured both Canada and Europe. Their 3 performances at the famous Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany led to a successful 12 date European tour in 2014 and were featured in major European music magazines such as the Rolling Stone and Intro who stated, “What makes this LP so good is its spirited performance and variety.” From Europe they returned home just in time to receive a Western Canadian Music Award.
The fall of 2015 saw Federal Lights returning to Germany for a 12 date tour which included a Sold Out performance at the Reeperbahn Festival. The band is currently hard at work on their follow-up record, Coeur de Lion, which will be slated for release in early 2016 with a Canadian Tour and a return to the UK and Germany on the horizon.