St Lucifer formed in October 2015 and 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. Start as you mean to go on!
The original line up of Alex (Vocals/Microkorg), David (Vocals/Guitar/Nord), John (Bass/Tech) and Charlie (Drums/Sartorial Elegance) wasted no time in establishing themselves on both social media and the Manchester live circuit with anthemic choruses, striking stage-wear and a knack of winning over even the most cynical of audiences…
From the outset, the band has defined their sound as ‘blackmetalgaydisco’ (a semi tongue-in-cheek shorthand for their unique blend of electro-punk/anti-pop – aided and abetted by forays into dreampop, post-rock, drone metal and, on occasion, outright noise).
Follow up singles Trashorama, Beowulf and Junk Days followed during a year of impressive gigging culminating in 2016’s self-titled debut. (All released by the aforementioned Valentine Records.)
Reviewers commented on the record’s ‘Infectious electro-punk anthems’ (Electronic North) and ‘Intense Electronic Impulses’ (Louder Than War). Following their ear-shattering appearance at the inaugural Foundations Festival, the band performed the entire album in track order at a special launch party in Manchester.
Mini-album Accelerator:6977809 heralded a switch to the (increasingly globe-straddling) AnalogueTrash label, while the band spent much of 2017 writing and recording their next album while consolidating their reputation as a ‘must-see’ live proposition.
Trailed by two more singles (Crucible and Raise The Dead) 2nd LP Music Is Violence proved to be a major turning point for the band. With line-up changes, special guests and an increased sonic palette matched by designer Jack Leeson’s striking sleeve – this was clearly a very different prospect to the heads-down electro-punk of their debut.
With lead guitarist Charlotte Winchcombe and new drummer Alice Class onboard, the band embarked on an extensive UK tour to promote the LP whilst somehow finding time to slip out Ultra/Violence, an interim EP of new material – headed by a re-recording of Music Is Violence’s (insanely catchy) title track.
2020 sees yet more ‘evolution’ of the St Lucifer brand with Ashleigh Talbot (also of ded.pixel) taking over live bass duties and Amy Griffiths (AKA Still Forever) augmenting the band on backing vocals and various nefarious pieces of ‘tech’.
Upcoming activities include the writing and recording of ‘album 3’, alongside a variety of live dates (including a tour with Caffeine Kill and Zeitgeist Zero) as well as two appearances at HRH Goth and Industrial (02 Camden and 02 Sheffield) along with the likes of KMFDM, Fields of the Nephilim and My Dying Bride
Prior to this, the band has curated a double album’s worth of b-sides, rarities, reworkings, and remixes in the form of Biphoria / The Violation of St Lucifer. The band has described the first disc (Biphoria) as a companion piece to their two albums to date – as well as a tribute to the first two incarnations of the band.
The Violation of St Lucifer is billed as a ‘reinvention’ of some of their best-known tracks – including remixes by labelmates DEF NEON, Vieon, and Nature of Wires, as well as a number of guests, such as Petrol Bastard and Valentich.
St Lucifer is currently: David (Vocals/Guitar/Nord), Alice (Drums/Vocals), Ashleigh (Bass/Vocals) and Amy (Vocals/Percussion/Tech).
St Lucifer are #blackmetalgaydisco
Tour Dates //
3rd of November, 2017
(Digital / Cassette)
26th of October, 2018
Raise the Dead
9th of November, 2018
Music is Violence
23rd of November, 2018
(Digital / Cassette / Vinyl)
24th of May, 2019
Biphoria / The Violation of St Lucifer
21st of February, 2020
(Digital / Cassette)
7th of February, 2020