London After Midnight (band)
London After Midnight
|Origin||California, United States|
|Genres||Gothic rock, darkwave, industrial rock|
|Labels||Metropolis Records (North America)|
Trisol Music Group (Germany/Europe)
see also Live band members
London After Midnight is a project formed in the 1990s by songwriter and instrumentalist Sean Brennan.
London After Midnight has a following worldwide, with a large fan base in the goth subculture. However, in interviews Brennan has shunned the use of this label and others to describe his music, calling it "artistically limiting".
Ideology and themes
Brennan is known for his support of animal rights, pro-environmental and human rights issues, anti-corporate control of media, and progressive and liberal politics. He voices this support through London After Midnight Internet outlets, such as their official website and music.
London After Midnight formed in Los Angeles, California and played at several clubs in the area starting in late 1990, with a debut concert at Los Angeles gothic rock club, Helter Skelter.
In the early days London After Midnight had various temporary members who joined Brennan when performing live, but did not perform on the albums. Tamlyn is credited on the first cassette recordings, co-authored the opening track "This Paradise" on 'Selected Scenes From The End Of The World', contributed an instrumental called "Ice" for the 1998 release of Oddities at Brennan's request, and an instrumental entitled "Perversion" on the 93' Ruins demo tape released as a preview of what was to become their second album, Psycho Magnet.
Early performance line-ups
After garnering a fanbase aided by the release of a self-titled demo, London After Midnight released their debut album Selected Scenes from the End of the World in 1991. Special effects artist Nick Benson played bass guitar in an early lineup of the band, and participated in songwriting. In 1992 bassist Michael Areklett joined the line-up after the resignation of live bassist Rob Podzunas. Like Tamlyn, Michael Areklett appeared live as a recurring member, rather than a guest. Around this period, Douglas Avery also joined, replacing live drummer Ian Haas. Eddie Hawkins was part of the original live line up, but was replaced in 1990. John Koviak performed live on bass from 1990–1992.
Touring and releases
In the earliest days the live band played mainly on the West Coast of the United States. Following the release of the self-titled debut, LAM gradually expanded their Californian fan base, eventually traveling to Mexico in 1994 (something few alternative acts were doing at the time) and progressing to tour the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, South America and further in the United States.
Brennan then expanded on the original demo release and recorded more songs for "Selected Scenes from the End of the World" released in late 1992.
Coinciding with the release of the follow-up album Psycho Magnet in 1996, London After Midnight headlined the Whitby Gothic Weekend in England, among other concerts in the UK, Europe, Mexico and the US. At this time, Brennan had begun to expand musically. The project continued on with a third album titled Oddities released in 1998, featuring a cover of a track named "Sally's Song" from the film The Nightmare Before Christmas. This CD was different from other releases in that it featured acoustic and ethereal alternative mixes of songs, along with a few new tracks.
Around this time London After Midnight was garnering international press and was featured on the covers of many magazines, while co-headlining major concert festivals like the Zillo summer festival, with The Cure and Green Day. LAM has since toured the world extensively playing alongside other popular bands such as Green Day, HIM (who have cited LAM as an influence), Rammstein, Soft Cell, and others, headlining and co-headlining to crowds of over 30,000 in Latin America, the US and Europe.
The last London After Midnight album, Violent Acts of Beauty, was released in 2007. LAM has, however, re-released (in 2003) two of the past three releases in Europe and the Russian Federation, (which charted on the Deutsche Alternative Charts) adding previously unreleased bonus tracks.
In 2006 a new London After Midnight song was released on the Saw II motion picture soundtrack.
In February 2007 a teaser trailer for London After Midnight's fourth studio album Violent Acts of Beauty was released on the band's official website and LAM's YouTube page. The trailer stated that the album was due for a Spring/Summer 2007 release. The album itself was released in Fall 2007 (North America).To promote this new álbum Violent Acts of Beauty they had play in Europe in various festivals (Greece, Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany) with bands like, Kirlian Camera (band), Dope stars, Noctivagus for example.
Current live band members
- Sean Brennan – founder, songwriting, musician on all albums, vocals, guitar, bass, cello, violin, keyboards, programming, drums (1989–present)
- Pete Pace – live drums (2008–present)
- Matthew Setzer – live guitar (2008–present)
- Michael Areklett – live bass (2018–present)
Former live members
- Tamlyn – keyboards, sounds, samplers, recorded on 'London After Midnight' demo, 1991, 'Selected Scenes From The End Of The World', 1994 (1&2)(1989–2003)
- Joe S. - drums (live and recorded for Violent Acts of Beauty & Saw II Soundtrack) (2001–2008)
- Trouble Valli – live guitar (one concert only) (2008)
- Eddie Hawkins – live guitar (1989–1990, 2001–2008)
- Ian Haas – live drums (1988–1992)
- John Koviak – live bass/guitar (1989–1992)
- Douglas Avery – live drums, recorded on 'Selected Scenes From The End Of The World', 1994 (1&2) (1992–1999)
- Rob Podzunas – live bass (1992–1992)
- Stacy – live guitar and recorded on 'Selected Scenes From The End Of The World', 1994 (2) (1991-1994)
- Michael Areklett – live bass, recorded on 'Selected Scenes From The End Of The World', 1994 (1&2) (1992–2005)Rejoined on bass 2018-current
- William Skye – live guitar, recorded on 'Selected Scenes From The End Of The World', 1994 (1) (1992–1999)
- Selected Scenes from the End of the World (1992) (re-release with bonus tracks 2003 and 2008)
- Psycho Magnet (1996) (re-release with bonus tracks 2003 and 2008)
- Oddities (1998) (re-release 2008)
- Violent Acts of Beauty (2007)
- Kiss (1995)
- London After Midnight (1991)
- Ruins (1993)
- Innocence Lost... (1993), then re-released in 1998 with 2 new songs and extra footage.
- [permanent dead link]
- "The official London After Midnight website: Interviews". Londonaftermidnight.com.
- "London After Midnight Demo liner notes, 1990". Discogs.com.
- "Selected Scenes From The End Of The World liner Notes, 1992". Discogs.com.
- Outburn magazine, USA, Autumn 1999, page 32
- Music Connection magazine, USA, January 2001, page 51
- Orkus. "Das Magazin für Dark Rock - Electro - Gothic - Dark Metal & more". Orkus-online.de.
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- "London After Midnight - London After Midnight, 1991". Discogs.com.
- "Selected Scenes From The End Of The World, 1994". Discogs.com.
- "Selected Scenes From The End Of The World, 1992". Discogs.com.
- "Selected Scenes From The End Of The World, 1994". Discogs.com.