Blacklight Pioneer

Blacklight Pioneer

 Kettering, England, GBR
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We’re a rock band with big hooks, but even the poppy songs aren’t ‘happy poppy’. We’re a darker sounding band.”

Melodic verses with epic 'punch in the face' choruses.

We have just finished a UK tour with The Whigs and Dead Confederate.

Biography

British rock band Blacklight Pioneer formed with one simple aim. “We wanted to sound big.”

That means big rock songs with big melodies. In the words of guitarist Jamie Thompson: “A sound that will fill huge venues.”

This much is evident in the song the band has chosen as its debut single, Lucille. Yet this is not an orthodox love song. As singer Adam Fowkes says, “It’s about being buried alive by a woman…”

Blacklight Pioneer was formed in 2009 in the very heart of England – the market town of Kettering. All six members of the band have history in hardcore and metal: Jamie Thompson and his brother Dave, the band’s drummer, previously played in Raging Speedhorn.

However, as Jamie explains: “Even though we’ve all been in heavy metal and hardcore bands, that kind of music isn’t what we listened to most of the time. I’ve always loved pop and electro, as well as metal and rock. The range of influences in Blacklight Pioneer is just huge.”

Jamie lists Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin among his key influences. Adam cites The Smiths and Jeff Buckley. Both are fans of the brooding sounds such as Joy Division, Television and Interpol, although Adam states: “I don’t think we sound similar to any of them.” More accurately, Blacklight Pioneer have been compared to alternative rock bands Mansun and Talk Talk.

“We never had a preconceived sound we wanted to go for,” Jamie says. “The sound has come pretty much by accident. We’re a rock band with big hooks, but even the poppy songs aren’t ‘happy poppy’. We’re a darker sounding band.”

“My sense of humour is quite black and that comes out in the lyrics,” Adam admits. “Lucille is a bit of a joke, like those old Alice Cooper songs.”

Equally dark is the grimly ironic title of The Girl Who Stopped Traffic, Adam’s eulogy for a young woman killed in a road accident.

“The name Blacklight Pioneer fits the band perfectly,” says Jamie. “Sometimes the lyrics can be fairly miserable, but at the same time we have these big pop tunes. That’s our vibe.”

“Most important of all,” says Adam, “We’re doing something we love. And I think you can hear that.”

Lyrics

Lucille

Written By: Blacklight Pioneer

Lucille

Can you help me?
Can’t you see my demise?
Need a hand to wipe the soil from my eyes
It took a while but I realise now
I can see she’s a real rough diamond

You should see Lucille
She’ll do all she can just to see you fall
What’s her motive now?
What can I do to stop her getting away?

Lucille, look what you’ve done to me, Lucille
This grave you’re digging’s not meant for me

Your work is done here
So lay me to rest
You’re the one who put the earth before my chest
A deadly meeting
The final greeting
Can’t you see my hearts still beating?

Recipe for death
The widow cries while I’m gasping for breath
That’s her motive now
Got a deal with the death collector

Lucille, look what you’ve done to me, Lucille
This grave you’re digging’s not meant for me

Flowers and the wreath
Buried for a grave mistake
Give me the chance to breathe
The is an emergency

Chours

Discography

Debut single: Lucille
Release date: 28/02/11
Sust Records
Airplay: WRC 'Freshly Picked'
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHQ2ArQbII

Set List

No Excuse
Lucille
Idle Hands
Porcelain
Making History
The Girl Who Stopped Traffic
Wasting Love On Me