Dear Bands That Shall Remain Nameless, I apologize for saying this, but I ve never gotten to do a review that I ve looked forward to-until now. I ve been waiting for the first whiffs of The Black Lights debut Rock Awesome foreva! I ve been a huge and instant fan from the time guitarist Cal Bowes sent me the sweetest and most polite email on MySpace that I ve received thus far. Again bands, I apologize for admitting this, but ninety nine percent of the time, with your onslaught of messages like hey, check us out, we re awesome I never even look at your profiles because I know you re not going to surprise or endear me. I, being an upright and tight lady, attempt to save myself for the best and most promising talent out there-something different-something I know can go the distance and be heard. I ve found that in The Black Lights. They sparkle, although they d hate to hear me say that since they ve got their manly pride and incredible mutton chops. These guys are like shiny diamonds in a sea of cubic zirconia. I instantly loved them and have been impatient for them to record ever since. And they did, and they lovingly sent me the masters early, just for fun. Seriously, I almost came in me strides when I got this. This debut is bold, balls out, and so much fun. I crave their live show, but as they live in Edinburgh, Scotland, no dice for a while. Dammit. They have a huge following in their home territory; their T Shirts stretch over many a tit. They are heavy and pushy shuddup in ya face honest Rock N Roll-the likes of which I haven t heard in a long f*cking time. I m sick of the melodramatics and horrid screaming. You won't find any thirty second performances here-or pink Mohawks*coughJaredLetocough*. James McCulloch s voice is the coolest of cool. Their bottom line is out front and slightly abrasive, like a man in the morning before a shave. Sweet sauce. Guitars are full frontal nudity. Yeah, I m a woman, sorry about my constant allusions to sex but I can t help it. This band IS the sex. Like the good old days, but without the coke and heroin habits. My very favorite tracks on this release are In the City, Heartbreaker, Survivor, Headf*ck, I f*cking LOVE that song. Aah. I bite my lip with that one and Heartbreaker too. Season of the Bitch was the first of their tracks that I heard, the one that made me fall in love, cause I m a bitch. Finally, Money rounds it out. I just basically gave the whole track list because I can t decide. Seriously, pick this up. It will be out in August. The members (theirs and yours) will appreciate it. It will be available on iTunes and through their Facebook and MySpace profiles. And wait for it: I ll be following up with another interview soon. And boys, as I told you before: my iTunes is post coital and smoking. I love ya! --Rana Kelly fullmetalrock.com
About the Artist
The Black Lights are a collective of five (more or less) grown men who hail from the hills and dales of Central Scotland, formed in early 2006. In the last year they have found what will henceforth be referred to as the 'classic' lineup, generations from now and have since taken the word to the street, playing across the length and breadth of their native Scotland with renowned acts as GUN, Black Spiders, Slaves To Gravity and the mighty Anvil, gaining many followers in the process. The debut album, 'Rock Awesome', was released in August 2010 and supported by a national tour in support. The rest of the year will see them supporting the album by doing what they do best: Steel-lunged vocals spitting out melodies that cling to your conscience with VD-like enthusiasm, enough riffz 'n' drumz to blow a hole deep enough for sans-bullsh*t lyrics to be fully absorbed and live shows that remind you just why sweaty lager soaked venues are infinitely preferable to listening at home with the volume at 4. If you happen to be tired and sick of the re-processed hippity hop beats, affected accents that plague sanitised 'indie' like a drunken mistake and the whiny bubblegum melodrama of fringe-wielding teenagers then The Black Lights offer a guilt-free and refreshingly honest alternative, one that puts tunes before eyeliner, passion above fashion and integrity above all else. Put simply, The Black Lights rock. Rock Awesome.