The Lightfighters get a boost from a sultry new lead singer.

The Good Fight: The Lightfighters’ “Ordinary World” appears on the compilation Give to the Gulf, a charitable album benefiting people and communities affected by the Gulf oil spill.

Craigslist isn’t always the best venue to bring musicians with like tastes together. But Savannah Keen was eager to find a home for her powerful voice and decided to give it a shot anyway.

Multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Griffin of The Lightfighters – playing Saturday at Baja Cantina – responded to the post and soon after, the band and the singer had found a perfect match. Keen – who juggles two jobs – says she spends all her free time with the band and digs every minute of it.

“We like the same music and we’re all interested in the same things,” she says. “It just seemed to work out.”

Since 2007 – long before Keen joined – the band has been churning out a blend of alternative rock, blues and soul, which the blond lead singer describes as a “kind of a smorgasbord of sound with a lot of stuff going on.”

On the outfit’s debut Behind the Tides – recorded and mixed completely in guitarist Jonathan Griffin’s home studio – “Mirrorball” stands out as an ode to ’80s alt-rock and mid-’90s twee: think The Smiths meet Belle and Sebastian. But on the tune “De-volution,” they show versatility with some uplifting Bonnie Raitt-esque blues.

The Lightfighters are readying to hit the studio again soon, this time with the addition of Keen’s smoking pipes. But since they’ll be recording in an actual studio – Real To Reel Recording Studio in Sand City – the process is moving a bit slowly, which is indicative of the troubles of being an “indie” band these days.

“It takes money to make big awesome studio productions,” Keen says. “It’s hard not having that financial backing but you also have the freedom to do whatever you want to. Your hands are never tied musically, which is really nice.”

The new songs are all written, and now it’s just a matter of getting the arrangements down.

“In a studio, time is money so you really have to have it down and know exactly how you want it,” Keen says. 

THE LIGHTFIGHTERS perform at 7-10pm Saturday, July 7, at Baja Cantina, 7166 Carmel Valley Road., Carmel Valley. Free. 625-2252.


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