Led by mastermind Francis Farewell Starlite, Francis and the Lights have drawn inspiration from the godfathers of funk such as Prince and James Brown, as well as their disciples such as Jamie Lidell and Chromeo, to create something new, vital and undeniable their own.
The current live incarnation of the band includes two drummers playing in conjunction with sequenced percussion. On November 3, 2008, the band was incorporated as Francis and the Lights, LLC., and accepted an investment from The Normative Music Company, who also issued their 2nd record.
Cantora Records released a new EP from the band, LIME/WYN, in 2008. Francis and the Lights has also recorded a cover of Kanye West's 'Can't Tell Me Nothing' for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November of that same year. The band has performed as the opening act for MGMT, and was signed on as opening support for Drake's college tour in 2010.