Of National Importance Records 2009-2015 (…and a bit more)

The crown
Of National Importance Records is pretty much over. Possibly for a long while but maybe forever. The shop is still open for downloads and shipping of the last few physical releases and will remain so for as long as God allows. Below is everything that remains of ONI…
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ONI19: Lyndon Scarfe | Music for a Lost Film 2 | Digital | Free Download
ONI18: Lyndon Scarfe | Layers EP | Digital | Free Download
ONI17: Various Artists | Misophonic Minds: ACOBCC | Download £2
ONI16: L.L. Owler | After Yourself | Free Download
ONI15: The Black Lamps | The Black Lamps | LP £12/CD £7/Download £5
ONI14: The Exhibition | Carry to the End | CD Unavailable/Download £1
ONIP05: The Exhibition | Finis | Free Download
ONI13: Aztec Doll | Bowdlerize | Free Download
ONI12: The Exhibition | Roma/Forward in Arms | Free Download
ONI11: McCarthy Vigil | McCarthy Vigil | Free Download
ONI10: The Exhibition | Man Proposes, God Disposes | Free Download
ONI09: Aztec Doll | Endlessly | Free Download
ONI08: Various Artists | Pareidolia | CD  Unavailable/Download £1/T-shirt Unavailable
ONI07: Alvarez Kings | Cold Conscience | Unavailable
ONIP04: The Favio Bechthold Situation | Folk in Hell | Free Download
ONIP03: Alvarez Kings | Walking in the Air | Free Download
ONI5.5: Various Artists | The Dechaired EP | Unavailable
ONI05: GoldSoul | Blood Red | 7″ Vinyl £2.50/Download £1
ONI04: Alvarez Kings | Patience Is Strength | Unavailable
ONI03:Various Artists | Things That Aren’t There: ACOBCC | Free Download
ONIP02: Dan Williamson | Breaking Tables | Free Download
ONI02: The Exhibition | The Crown/Coma | Vinyl Unavailable/Download £1
ONIP01: The Exhibition | Balancing Act/Lingua Franca | Free Download
ONI01: Alvarez Kings | The Sequel | Unavailable
ONI00: The Exhibition | 4-Track Demo EP | Free Download
Top Image by Hattie Lockwood

ONI19 | Lyndon Scarfe | Music for a Lost Film: Volume 2


The second release from Lyndon Scarfe through ONI Records, and Lyndon’s second “fake” soundtrack album, is released today as a digital download. Music for a Lost Film: Volume 2 can be streamed or or downloaded or a “pay what you like” basis via Bandcamp:

2014’s album ‘Music for a Lost Film‘ released via blocsonic, though not officially a soundtrack, was written, created and sequenced with an imaginary film in mind. Repeating motifs and phrases, atmospheric pieces sitting alongside dynamic work, a variety of moods and an ever changing landscape, it was compared in style to the soundtrack work of Cliff Martinez, John Carpenter & Clint Mansell – available to download from http://www.blocsonic.com/releases/bsog0033

This second volume follows the approach of the first volume but is more focused, with an intentionally narrower range of textures, tones and styles, less obviously an electronic piece and emphasising strings and noise to create a more atmospheric work.


ONI18 | Lyndon Scarfe | Layers EP


Of National Importance Records is sort of back for a bit! And there’s obviously new music…

Layers is an EP of ambient/experimental/electronic music from Lyndon Scarfe guitarist in The Black Lamps and keyboard player for The Danse Society in a former life.

You can download the 3 tracks for free at Bandcamp, Soundloud or via the mp3s below:

Layers i | Layers ii | Murmur

Layers precedes an full album of music from Scarfe (which will be released on the 10th of February through ONIR) and is the follow up to 2014’s ‘fake’ soundtrack album ‘Music for a Lost Film’. You can download that and more, for free, from blocSonic

Lyndon is also part of the duo [retreat] who’s debut material you can find here: https://retreat-music.bandcamp.com/releases

Note: Layers is released under the creative commons licence which basically means you can do whatever you like with it (and if you do, we’d probably like to see/hear it) unless you intend to get rich off it – in which case you should get in touch so we can share the spoils.

Misophonic Minds: Another Corner of Barnsley Counter Culture


Of National Importance Records is off on a sabbatical. But ONI17 is here and it’s great, honestly…

Misophonic Minds‘ is a compilation of music from artists either based or originating from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The nineteen tracks are available as a digital download for just £3 – at least 15 of these you will not have heard before and will not find anywhere else. Once them terrorising thugs at Paypal have had their minimal cut , all of that money will be donated to Willow Foundation; a charity that organises very nice things for young people who are very unwell. You can find the compilation available to download or stream here.

Included are the first ever tracks released by Tender FirsFilm and Peter Dand; brand new and unheard recordings from Aztec DollMcCarthy VigilCharlie Northrama zuLyndon Scarfe and Liam Stewart; Exclusive premiers of tracks from forthcoming releases by Garforth & MyersExplorers Society and Del Scott Miller; an alternate mix of a track from The Black Lamps debut record; a likely last ever recording from The Exhibition and more from BrujaHeavy SunsRichard Kitson and Sarah-Jane. There’s also something special from Diskettes Fore Minor to close things off and maybe even some more to come. Downloading the compilation will also provide you with a very cool digital booklet – a first for us – that contains links and information on all the artists involved. The booklet is the very skilful work of Jamie Briggs and uses a fine illustration by Hattie Lockwood.

For more on the bands involved; see here, read the booklet or click a song title on the Bandcamp page.

Elsewhere, we don’t have too much physical stuff left in the ONIR shop but we do have the last few copies of Pareidolia and Carry to the End at a reduced price along with The Black Lamps album and  T-shirts & hats. The download store is full of free stuff including a few things that have been added on the hush over the last year.

On the price: Bandcamp does allow you the opportunity to donate a little more than £3 for the pleasure of downloading the compilation, if you so wish, but we really are not asking it of you. We know lots of people are a little short for a luxury of this kind and if plenty of people gave the £3 and, almost as importantly, found some new music that they enjoyed then that would make lots of people happy. If you really don’t want any of your money going to them rotters at Paypal, then just donate directly to Willow Foundation, let us know and we’ll send you a download code.

Thanks to everyone for everything.

ONIR interviewed by Alternative Barnsley

The Black Lamps | Press, Reviews & Apparel


It’s Record Store Day tomorrow and whilst there’s been lots of negative stuff written about the way the event now offers very little to both small independent shops and labels it’s still probably a good day to get down and show your support for your local or maybe even check it out for the first time. We’re not involved in any specific way though you will be able to find copies of The Black Lamps LP in many stores up and down the country. If you’re a Barnsley local, please do visit Debut Records or Vinyl Underground if you can find the time on Saturday, they both have plenty to offer. Anyway, to convince you just how good all things independent are, here’s a summary of things that kind folk have written concerning just how good that The Black Lamps debut album is:

“I still ache to wax lyrical about The Black Lamps. It makes me so happy to discover a ‘new’ band of this quality”
9/10 [sic] Magazine

“This fusion of skills and penchants for wide ranging genres is evident throughout. The majority of the tracks glide from ambient to atmospheric and invigorating, fully incorporating each. If you were to daydream whilst listening to this on a bus you could suddenly find yourself somewhere unexpected.”
8/10 Counterfeit Magazine

“Steady and slow building, each track is full of smoky yet upbeat guitar riffs are perfect for rainy days or early mornings.”
4/5 Never Enough Notes

“The Black Lamps is a superb debut from a band of musicians who continue to reinvent themselves. We’re not sure on the past bands’ material but right now The Black Lamps are sitting very nicely in our good books. This record is great”
Exploding Head Syndrome

“These guys are amazing. The band manages to create imaginative and vast music whilst never losing sight of the original direction of the song.  There is no inkling of any self-indulgent sections and you get the impression that every note played and every beat of the drum struck has been crafted for the most purest of reasons; the song.”
Subba Cultcha

“Search this band out. Listen to this album and beg them to come play your town.”
Alternative Barnsley/Louder Than War

“If there is such a thing as responsible hedonism or youthful maturity, the Black Lamps are precisely that. For all their outspoken lack of ambition or desire for commercial success, if they continue producing albums of such quality as this one, they might not have a choice.”
Pure M Magazine

a stunning selection of melodiously crafted ‘shuffle and repeat’ tracks that John Peel would have been happy to feature”
Ralph’s Life

“Growing out a this little synth seed, it gently unfurls with the addition of guitars and drums, before it grows into this brooding indie pop, the echoeing, slightly melancholy vocals only adding to the feeling. Added to that though are swathes of fuzz and noise which almost take over towards the end, and make it something special.”
Backseat Mafia

“Towards the end, “Gene Pool” features soaring, shimmering guitars and has the whole melancholy feel down to a tee. Nice – I’ve got plenty of time for music like this.”
Collective Zine

News on ONI17 next week…


The Black Lamps + McCarthy Vigil | LIB | 31.01.15

The Black Lamps Album Launch Poster

The Black Lamps out now on CD, 12″ vinyl and Digital.


The Black Lamps debut album is finally released today. Thanks so much to all those that pre-ordered a copy. You can still order the CD or vinyl (which is translucent red, limited to 300 hand numbered copies and comes with a free CD) from our own store or you could pick one up by visiting one of the lovely independents below. Initial CD copies for a limited time come with a 4.5″ art print of Dean Ormston’s artwork, whilst there are an extremely limited number of 12″ art prints available in vinyl copies at all the below shops. You can identify these copies by a small sticker in the top right hand corner if you manage to find one.

Rough Trade East LondonDebut Records BarnsleyVinyl Underground Records Barnsley | Wah Wah Records Wakefield | Tonearm Vinyl Sheffield | The Notorious Aardvark Record Shop DoncasterTallbird Record Shop ChesterfieldAction Records Preston | Relevant Records Cafe CambridgeRockbox Camberley | Norman Records Worldwide | Piccadilly Records Manchester | Sound it Out Records Stockton-on-tees | Hundred Records Romsey | The Drift Devon | Off The Beaten Tracks Louth | Jumbo Records Leeds

If you’d prefer a digital version or a simple stream of the album then hopefully one of these links will please you: itunes | BandcampAmazon7Digital | Emusic | Google Play | SpotifyDeezer

“A debut masterpiece… These guys are amazing.” Subba-Cultcha “Search this band out. Listen to this album and beg them to come play your town.” Alternative Barnsley “A sparse, angelic soundscape that quickly turns into catchy indie pop” There Goes the Fear “Full of the charm and low-key subtlety of 90s US indie rock with a churning dynamic” Sounds XP “This little synth seed, it gently unfurls and grows into this brooding indie pop.” Backeat Mafia “A nuanced slice of post-rock indie”  8/10 Whisperin and Hollerin “It makes me so happy to discover a ‘new’ band of this quality” [sic] Magazine

The Black Lamps will be confirming a couple of launch parties and radio sessions towards the end of the month so have your eyes this way for those.

The Black Lamps | Debut Album | Pre-order Now


It’s here! The Black Lamps will release their (and indeed our own) debut album on the 12th of January 2015 through Of National Importance Records.  The self titled effort is made up of 10 tracks recorded over the last few years with Steve Ellis (Hey Sholay, Cavorts, Steel Trees) of Orion Studio. The band mixed the record themselves before handing over mastering duties to Tom Woodhead (Hookworms, Post War Glamour Girls) at Hippocratic.

Track four of the album The Smoking Party is available to stream and download for free below whilst the CD, digital and 12” red vinyl formats of the album can be pre-ordered over at Bandcamp. The album can also be pre-ordered through itunes for just £5.60 through this link.

The Smoking Party mp3

The above artwork was created by Jamie Briggs from a painting by drummer Dean Ormston – also a comic book artist noted for his work with with many publishers including DC Vertigo, Judge Dredd Megazine, 2000AD and Dark Horse.

For more information on the rich history of The Black Lamps visit their website at www.theblacklamps.co.uk

Long Division presents King Street Krawl | 14.09.14

KingStreetKrawlPosterCorrectedA little something we’ve organised with our friends at Clue Records, Philophobia Music and Sticky Shoes. Taking place on the Sunday of Long Division festival, King Street Krawl will feature 16 bands performing between The Inns of Court and Players Bar, both located on King Street of Wakefield. The event will be absolutely free and will end before 9pm giving you plenty of time for the last train home.

Performing Live will be: Bad Grammer, Beesley, Bi:Lingual, The Black Lamps, Bruja, Buen Chico, Clandestines, Colour Me Wednesday, The Do’s, Esper Scout, The Exhibition, Humans as Ornaments, Hysterical Injury, Inlaze., McCarthy Vigil and Runaround Kids

If you’re around for the Saturday of Long Division – which of course you should be since the bleeding Wedding Present AND Post War Glamour Girls are both playing – then Barnsley’s fine and humble music scene will also be represented by Aztec Doll on the Unity Hall Minor Stage  and Gilmore and Roberts at Westgate Chapel. Fancy that.

Sample King Street Krawl audibly below:


The Exhibition – Carry to the End | released today


CD in hand-stamped and hand-numbered EcoSleeve with full colour lyrics insert available from ONI Records, Debut Records and Wah Wah Records.

Digital at: itunes | AmazonONI Records | Deezer | Emusic | 7Digital | Google Play


“Carry to the End is the sound of The Exhibition at their height- filled with passion and utter conviction… The band is not merely about power and electricity; when they allow their tones to calm and quell, they can be hugely effective – it seems they are possible of anything.” 9.2/10 Music Musings and Such.

“Some of the most animalistic and carnivorous guitar work .The layers and different strands come together splendidly; the song shifts and develops- retaining its muscular and focused core. Keeping the listener guessing, the coda keeps snaking and slinking; shifting its tail and making you sweat” Liquid Radio

“Guitar dominated dark elegance. One of the best new songs I’ve heard in a long time.” Schallgrenzen