The Black Lamps are an alternative post-rock and ambient guitar band from Barnsley, South Yorkshire with a deep and diverse history. Members Greg Firth (bass), Dean Ormston (drums), Lyndon Scarfe (guitars and keyboards) and Liam Stewart (vocals and guitars) have played their part in many a celebrated band throughout the previous three decades including Creatures of Habit, The Danse Society, Party Day, The Second Coming, Silent Scream and This Colossal Youth. January the 12th 2015 will see the band release their self-titled debut album through independent label Of National Importance Records.
The Black Lamps released the single ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone’ on a split 7” with the now defunct Imoko Set through Stereomatic Records in 2011. Self described “perfectionists”, the four piece spent the following years recording the ten tracks that make the album with Steve Ellis (Hey Sholay, Cavorts, Steel Trees) of Orion Studios in Rotherham before mixing the records themselves. Tom Woodhead (Hookworms, Post War Glamour Girls) mastered the final product at Hippocratic in Leeds. Additional backing vocals are provided by Amber Scarfe and Anna Firth, the daughter and neice of the respective band members.
The artwork for the album was createdby 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. Elsewhere outside of the band, Liam Stewart and Lyndon Scarfe’s prolific solo work has racked up a combined total of over 100,000 downloads through Maine based netlabel BlocSonic.
The Black Lamps is available to pre-order now from ofnationalimportancerecords.co.uk on CD, digital and 12” red vinyl formats.
“A sparse, angelic soundscape that quickly turns into catchy indie pop” There Goes the Fear
“Thick bass, rolling drums, and relaxed unfolding guitar lines, combining in a warm hug… it’s full of the charm and low-key subtlety of 90s US indie rock with a churning dynamic” Sounds XP
“The march of the drums, the familiar ascent of the guitar and bass to a lush high ground is complimented by Liam’s soft vocals… perfect, sun laden bliss” Alternative Barnsley
“A nuanced slice of post-rock indie” Whisperin and Hollerin