Everywhere you look, an ex-member of Lydia is in a new band. There's States, The Saturn Hands, Bears of Manitou, Leighton's as of now unnamed project with Matt Malpass, and Gates. So far, Gates is in the lead for the best band. Their debut release, The Sun Will Rise And Lead Me Home, was released on January 25th, and shows great hope for the band's future. The highlight of the band is their excellent ambient feel, reminiscent of Explosions In The Sky. The vocals, though at first a bit of a turn off, soon merge with the music to add a whole other dimension to the band. Other ex-Lydia bands, it's your move. Download the album for free on their website here.