Black Lights + Young War
Manchester’s Black Lights are a band that delivers deftly beautiful songs; ones to make the heart soar. Jamie McCool (vocals), Jack O Connor (guitar), Howard Eastwood (piano) and Josh Hussey (drums) are already creating a stir around their home city. Having met at college, Jamie and Howard wrote their first song together, ‘In My Soul’ in 2010. The addition of Jack and Josh completed the chemistry and last year’s EP, ‘In The Dark’, stands out as a wonderfully crafted debut for a band not yet in their twenties.
Their latest single, ‘For You’ released on March 11th 2013, is an indication that there is so much more to come. A song of betrayal and lost love, McCool effortlessly opens his heart and soul; there’s a sense that every line he sings is a gift. If Jeff Buckley had been Mancunian, he would have sounded like this. Meanwhile the band confidently resist the need to fill every second, never wasting a single note they lay down a musical canvas on which McCool’s voice paints its sublime pictures. There is a quiet confidence about Black Lights, not the attitude or swagger of many of their contemporaries, but then this no bluff or blag. In McCool, the band have uncovered a genuinely soulful voice that, had he been born in Detroit, would have had Berry Gordy beating down his door.
This Manchester four-piece has created a record of pure beauty and, without the usual hype of such new comers, have already forged a live reputation that has seen sell out shows and rapturous reviews. There is little doubt this is a band at the beginning of an exceptional journey; enjoy them whilst they are still ours.
Young War is a Manchester based R&B/Soul singer, songwriter and guitarist.