St Lucifer formed in September 2015 – Within a month they’d played their first gig – Two months later they’d supported punk-legends Subway Sect, taken over Valentine Records, released a sold out 7″ single (‘Van Der Lubbe Was Innocent/Do As Little As Possible’) and blown up a record store, all in time for Christmas. Nice work if you can get it…
Many more anarchic gigs followed during 2016, with a ‘pause for thought’ over that summer to focus on the recording of their debut album.
A second 7” single ‘Trashorama/Remake-Remodulate‘ (with its anarchic video from Elysium Enterprizes’ Morganna Bramah) and a cassette only version of ‘Beowulf’ (backed by a searing live-in-the-studio cover of Cabaret Voltaire’s ‘Nag Nag Nag’) followed before a third ‘proper’ single ‘Junk Days/Angular Depression‘ – designed to trail the LP proper in December 2016.
The twelve-track self-titled LP itself featured the majority of St Lucifer’s raucous live output to date, alongside newer, unexpected turns, not least of all the spoken-word/post-rock narrative of epic album-closer ‘Exit Wounds‘ (featuring poet and writer Emily Oldfield on guest vocals).
Reviews commented on the record’s ‘Infectious electro-punk anthems’ (Electronic North) and ‘Intense Electronic Impulses’ (Louder Than War) while the band performed the entire album, in order live at a special launch party in Manchester, following their ear-shattering appearance at the inaugural FOUNDATIONS festival.
31st December 2016 saw St Lucifer amicably depart Valentine Records – mainly as co-running said label AND being half of St Lucifer was getting a bit confusing in a split-personality-disorder kind of way (for John and David at least).
Indeed – as the debut LP landed in stores and online (all of the band’s vinyl output thus far has sold out almost instantly) the ink was already drying on a second album contract with celebrated electronic label and music promoters Analogue Trash.
New material was showcased at another run of gigs – this time including Birmingham (with the awesome Wrapped in Plastic), Liverpool (for BEAT.CANCER), Manchester’s FAC251 and an ‘electronic only’ set at Sheffield’s DINA showcase, before heading into their new studio space (co-habiting with label-mates ded.pixel) to work on a second LP.
November 2017 will see St Lucifer join fellow Analogue Trash acts SYD.31, ded.pixel and DEF NEON on a full uk tour – highlights of which include a slot at the first BEAT.CANCER festival.
A new 6-track EP/mini-album – Accelerator: 69778094 is also due out before the end of the year with a full length LP to follow in 2018…
St Lucifer are
Alex – Vocals/Microkorg
David – Guitar/Vocals/Nord/Tech
John – Bass/Tech
Charlie – Drums/Sartorial Elegance