Offbeat North UK garage 3-piece dancing to a different tune


Dropping out of school to play in a punk band; an engineering apprenticeship; 5 years as a busker; medical school; chairman of an allotment association - all experiences that fuel Stephen Hartley’s brilliant observational songwriting as frontman with offbeat 3-piece VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING

Hartley (best known as guitarist with seminal punk band NOTSENSIBLES) is joined on bass by Lee Jones + Bish Davies on drums.

The band create a raw uncompromising sound through vintage valve amps and guitars with sounds ranging from full on rock & roll punk to subtle ballad.

The songs are sharply observed, with cryptic blasts of autobiographical anecdote, searing wit and social observation.

The punk ethic, the great rockabilly guitar players, the English music scene - these are all influences. VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING sit in the same broad park as bands like the Smiths & Gang of Four


Lay Your Rug EP
5 tracks - downloadable from i-tunes & available from

Songs From The Underbelly
Debut album

Set List

Original material +occasionally stepping out in pubs to play pure rockabilly & R&B - early Elvis, Carl Perkins, Willie Dixon, Gene Vincent

Blue Gene Bop - Gene Vincent
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
Brand New Cadillac - Vince Taylor
Gone Gone Gone - Carl Perkins
I'm Left You're Right, She's Gone - Elvis Presley
Matchbox - Carl Perkins
Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
Put Your Cat Clothes on - Carl Perkins
Rock Around with Ollie Vee - Buddy Holly
Rock This Town - Stray Cats
Shake, Rattle & Roll - Elvis Presley
Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats
Teenage Kicks - Undertones
That's Alright Mama - Elvis Presley
Twenty Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran
Bad Boy - Beatles
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Besame Mucho - trad
Don't Wanna Work any More - Notsensibles
Hunchback of Notre Dame - Frantic Elevators
Hidden Charms - Willie Dixon
I am The Fly - Wire
Leave my Kitten Alone - Beatles
Promised Land - Chuck Berry
Route 66 - Rolling Stones
Slow Down - Jam
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