Lanterns on the Lake

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Lanterns on the Lake
OriginNewcastle upon Tyne, England
Genresindie rock
Years active2007–present
LabelsBella Union
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersHazel Wilde
Paul Gregory
Oliver Ketteringham
Bob Allan
Angela Chan

Lanterns on the Lake are an English five-piece indie rock band from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The band is composed of Hazel Wilde, Paul Gregory, Oliver Ketteringham, Bob Allan and Angela Chan. The group's material is released in Europe by Bella Union and by PIAS in the US.

Formation and early work (2007–2010)[edit]

Lanterns on the Lake formed in 2007 and was founded by core members Wilde, Gregory and Ketteringham.

They self-released two EPs and a single before signing to the Bella Union record label in December 2010.[1] Soon after the band provided a track for Bella Union's Christmas 10" EP along with new label mates Peter Broderick and Phil Selway.[2]

The band played a host of music festivals including End of the Road Festival, Glastonbury Festival,[3] SXSW, and Bestival.

Gracious Tide, Take Me Home (2011)[edit]

The band released their debut album Gracious Tide, Take Me Home on 19 September 2011.[4][5][6] The album was recorded by the band in their homes and produced by the band's guitarist Paul Gregory. The album received mainly positive reviews and received a metacritic rating of 74.[7]

During this period Lanterns On The Lake supported Explosions in the Sky on their UK tour including the O2 Academy, Brixton.[8] The band has also toured with Low, including a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London[9] and with Yann Tiersen, including a performance at The Roundhouse[10]

Until the Colours Run (2013)[edit]

The band's follow-up album Until the Colours Run was released on 7 October 2013 in UK and Europe.[11] The album received positive reviews, receiving a metacritic rating of 84[12] with many reviewers noting its socio-political undertones.[13] Drowned in Sound declared it "one of the best records of the young decade".[14]

The group extensively toured Europe and in early 2014 they embarked on their first tour of the USA[15]

Beings (2015)[edit]

On 13 November 2015 the group released their third album Beings worldwide.[16] Beingswas met with critical acclaim[17] with Drowned in Sound declaring Lanterns On The Lake as "One of Britain's most crucial bands of the present moment."[18] and DIY Magazine describing the group as "virtually without equal".[19]

Live with Royal Northern Sinfonia (2016)[edit]

Following the release of Beings, Lanterns On The Lake toured Europe and the UK extensively and at this time performed their largest hometown concert to date where they were accompanied by Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead in Hall One,[20] the orchestral arrangements composed by Fiona Brice[21]

The show was recorded and subsequently released as a live album in November 2017 - Live with Royal Northern Sinfonia[22]

Wilde commented that the live album "feels to be retrospectively like a line that we were drawing under what had come before for our band. We’d done three albums, had some ups and downs, had band members quit. There’d been a lot of difficulties for us over the years and yet we’d persevered because we still believed in it. So by the time we’d finished touring the third album Beings we were actually in a really good place...Then there we our hometown and so many people there to see us including people who had been following our band since the start and been on the journey with us...It kind of felt like a celebration of all the music we’d made in the past and a bit of a release for us personally because all that perseverance had in some ways paid off - at least in the sense that we were still going and we were able to be there, then, in that moment. So looking back now it feels to me like a closing of a chapter for us."[23] '

Spook The Herd (2020)[edit]

Following touring throughout 2016 the band took a break. In an interview Wilde commented "I don’t think we ever said it would be the absolute end.. (But) I don’t think people would have blamed us for throwing in the towel at that point - we’d had a good run at it.. that would have been a good place to call it a day but we felt there was probably more we had to offer and further to go creatively, we just weren’t sure what or where that would be. And, if I’m honest, I was personally just a bit tired at that point."[24]

It was during this break that Wilde began writing many of the songs that would go on to make up Spook The Herd. The band developed the songs over the course of a year before recording at Distant City studios in Yorkshire. This was the first time the group had gone into a studio to record. Wilde has commented that “We are a pretty insular band in how we work, and trusting other people enough to allow them to get involved is not always easy for us.”The album was produced by the band and mixed by the band's guitarist Paul Gregory. [25]

The album was released in February 2020 and received positive reviews with MusicOMH describing it as "a masterpiece".[26] The album was noted for reflecting on issues including polarized politics, social media, addiction, grief and the climate crisis.[27]

The album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize 2020.

Soundtracks and Other Work[edit]

The song "I Love You Sleepyhead" was used in the film Where Soldiers Come From.[28]

The song "Through the Cellar Door" has been taken for the soundtrack of the Square Enix game Life Is Strange: Before the Storm.

The group composed the music for all BT Sport's Champions League coverage beginning August 2020.



Live, affiliated and past members[edit]

  • Sarah Kemp - violin (2008–2014)
  • Andrew Scrogham - bass (2012–2014)
  • Brendan Sykes - bass (2008–2012)
  • Adam Ian Sykes – vocals, guitar, piano (2008–2012)


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation and live albums[edit]


  • The Starlight EP (2008)
  • Misfortunes and Minor Victories (2009)
  • Bonus EP (Rough Trade exclusive released with Gracious Tide, Take Me Home) (2011)
  • Low Tide (Remix EP, April 2012)


  • "Lungs Quicken" (2010)
  • "Keep On Trying" (2011)
  • "Another Tale From Another English Town" (2013)
  • "Until The Colours Run" (2013)
  • "The Buffalo Days" (2013)
  • "Faultlines" (2015)
  • "Through The Cellar Door" (2016)
  • "The Crawl" (2016)
  • "Every Atom" (2020)
  • "Baddies" (2020)



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  8. ^ "Upcoming Events". O2 Academy Brixton. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Lanterns On The Lake to support Low in London - All Tomorrow's Parties". 30 January 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Lanterns On The Lake November Tour | News | Clash Magazine". 21 October 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Lanterns On The Lake announce second album: Until The Colours Run". Bella Union. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Reviews for Until the Colours Run by Lanterns on the Lake". Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Review | Lanterns On The Lake ~ Until The Colours Run". 23 September 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  14. ^ Reynolds, Aidan (4 October 2013). "Album Review: Lanterns on the Lake - Until the Colours Run / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Lanterns on the Lake Plotting First North American Tour; Second Album Entitled, Until The Colours Run - Music Snobbery". 7 April 2014. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Lanterns On The Lake announce third album 'Beings' to be released 13th November 2015". Bella Union. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Beings by Lanterns on the Lake". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Album Review: Lanterns on the Lake - Beings". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  19. ^ "Lanterns on the Lake - Beings". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  20. ^ "Royal Northern Sinfonia and Lanterns on the Lake. Talk about a synergy in sound". 7 February 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Lanterns On The Lake Announce Live Album | Bella Union". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Lanterns on the Lake - Live with Royal Northern Sinfonia". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
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  28. ^ "Credits | Where Soldiers Come from | POV | PBS". 11 January 2011. Archived from the original on 4 August 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  29. ^ "Mojo's George Harrison Tribute – The Mad Mackerel". 24 September 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  30. ^ "Independent purveyors of great music, since 1976". Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.

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