The Black Lamps

The Black Lamps

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Record Label
Of National Importance Records

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The Black Lamps are an alternative post-rock and ambient guitar band from Barnsley, South Yorkshire with a deep 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.

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 up this their debut 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 niece of the respective band members.

"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." Louder Than War
"A sparse, angelic soundscape that quickly turns into catchy indie pop” There Goes the Fear
“The subsequent ten tracks are going to become an integral part of your remaining years” 8/10 Counterfeit Magazine
“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
"It makes me so happy to discover a ‘new’ band of this quality" [sic] Magazine
“A nuanced slice of post-rock indie” 8/10 Whisperin and Hollerin

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