Litmus (band)

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Litmus
Litmus - Exeter Phoenix 2005.jpeg
Litmus playing at the Exeter Phoenix, January 2005
Background information
Origin London
Genres
Years active 2000–present
Labels Rise Above, Metal Blade
Website www.litmusmusic.co.uk
Members Martin Litmus
Simon Fiddler
Marek Bublik
James Hodkinson
Past members Ben (2000-2003)
Andy Thompson (2001-2007)
Anton (2001-2010)
Matt Thompson (2002-2004)
Oli Mayne (2008-2010)


Litmus are a London-based space rock band formed in 2000 by Martin (bass guitar/vocals), Simon (guitar/vocals) and Ben (drums), joined the following year by Andy Thompson (keyboards, 2001–2007) and Anton (synths). Matt Thompson joined on synth (2002–2004), while Marek replaced Ben in 2003. Oli Mayne (keyboards) joined in 2008, then left in 2010, along with Anton. As of November 2012 the line-up is Martin Litmus (bass/vocals), Simon Fiddler (guitar/vocals), Marek Bublik (drums) and James Hodkinson (keyboards/effects). They are influenced by mid-1970s Hawkwind and Black Sabbath, amongst others.

They have played at festivals across the UK and Europe including Yellowstock (Belgium), The Psychotropic Caravan Festival (Finland), Two Days of Love and Peace (Germany), Burg Herzberg (Germany), Stoned from the Underground (Germany), South of Mainstream (Germany), Swamp Room Happening (Germany), Roadburn (Netherlands), Hard Rock Hell (UK), Hawkfest (UK), Sonic Rock (UK), Sonic Rock Solstice (UK), Celtic Warriors (UK), Cambridge Rock Festival (UK), Eastern Haze (UK).

In 2009, at the Sonic Rock Solstice festival, Marek played drums for the Hawklords who had undergone an impromptu reforming during the festival from various bands playing there

They have also supported or toured with Arthur Brown, Astra, Witchcraft, Julian Cope, Hawkwind, Space Ritual and The Atomic Bitchwax.

In mid-2010 they returned to Dave Anderson's Foel Studio in North Wales to record their fourth album, Slaughterbahn. This was mixed at Foel in January 2011 and released in July 2012.

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Track listing
2004 You Are Here
  • Label: Space Music [Independent]

1. Infinity Drive
2. Dreams of Space
3. You Are Here
4. Sonic Light
5. Rays of Sonic Light
6. (Theta Wave) Inductor
7. There
8. I Can't Be Sane
9. Chime
10. Stone Oscillator (Static Ritual)

2007 Planetfall

1. Destroy the Mothership
2. The Tempest
3. Lost Stations
4. Under the Sign
5. Planetfall
6. Psychic Projection
7. Singularity
8. Helios
9. Expanding Universe (Twinstar pt.2)
10. The Machine Age
11. Far Beyond
12. Planetfall/Seti

2009 Aurora

1. Beyond the Sun
2. In the Burning Light
3. Eos
4. Miles Away
5. Stars
6. Kings of Infinite Space
7. Ma:55°N Rift
8. Red Skies

2012 Slaughterbahn
  • Label: Litmus Music [Independent]

1. Deeper
2. Spark
3. Breakout
4. Static
5. Streamers
6. Satellites
7. 1X1
8. Last Man Standing
9. Sleepless
10. Lights Out
11. Kommissar
12. Slaughterbahn

The band contributed a version of Paradox to the Hawkwind tribute album, Daze of the Underground.[1]

"Invader" (a track from the band's early demo tapes) featured on the Hawkfest 2002 compilation album.[2]

"Infinity Drive" featured on Julian Cope's Head Heritage sampler Due To Lack Of Interest, Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daze Of The Underground Tribute CD Review". Starfarer.net. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Hawkfest 2002 CD Review". Starfarer.net. 2005-07-14. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Due To Lack Of Interest, Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled". Headheritage.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 

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