great new band 2011- Black Lights

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New bands – Black Lights

Fuck me, they have barely even started. Forming in November Black Lights are as fresh and new as Louder Than War. And already they sound fully formed. This is an ultra musical sound, sort of Jeff Buckley with a northern accent but somewhere else. they already sound like they are on their third album with a fistfull of songs that already sound like standards.
Hailing from Manchester, Black Lights are very much on their own trajectory. they don’t sound like any of the trad Manc reference points – there is no bluster here- just a captivating quiet introspection and THAT voice that is full of emotion, a stark beauty, range and power and purity- potentially the voice of 2011?
They’re supporting Kid British at The Academy in May and playing Fomfest in Cheshire on May 20/22…

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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