St Lucifer formed in September 2015 – 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. Many more anarchic gigs followed during 2016, with a ‘pause for thought’ over that summer to focus on the recording of their debut album.
A second 7” single ‘Trashorama/Remake-Remodulate‘ (with its anarchic video from Elysium Enterprizes’ Morganna Bramah) and a cassette only version of ‘Beowulf’ (backed by a searing live-in-the-studio cover of Cabaret Voltaire’s ‘Nag Nag Nag’) followed before a third ‘proper’ single ‘Junk Days/Angular Depression‘ – designed to trail the LP proper in December 2016.
The twelve-track self-titled LP itself featured the majority of St Lucifer’s raucous live output to date, alongside newer, unexpected turns, not least of all the spoken-word/post-rock narrative of epic album-closer ‘Exit Wounds‘ (featuring poet and writer Emily Oldfield on guest vocals).
Reviews commented on the record’s ‘Infectious electro-punk anthems’ (Electronic North) and ‘Intense Electronic Impulses’ (Louder Than War) while the band performed the entire album, in order live at a special launch party in Manchester, following their ear-shattering appearance at the inaugural FOUNDATIONS festival.
31st December 2016 saw St Lucifer amicably depart Valentine Records – mainly as co-running said label AND being half of St Lucifer was getting a bit confusing. As the debut LP landed in stores and online (all of the band’s vinyl output thus far has sold out almost instantly) the ink was already drying on a second album contract with celebrated electronic label and music promoters Analogue Trash.
New material was showcased at another run of gigs – this time including Birmingham (with the awesome Wrapped in Plastic), Liverpool (for BEAT.CANCER), Manchester’s FAC251 and an ‘electronic only’ set at Sheffield’s DINA showcase, before heading into their new studio space (co-habiting with label-mates ded.pixel) to work on a second LP.
November 2017 saw St Lucifer join fellow Analogue Trash acts ded.pixel , DEF NEON and a rotating line up of special guests on a full uk tour – highlights of which include a slot at the first BEAT.CANCER festival.
A new 6-track EP/mini-album – Accelerator: 69778094 was released to coincide before the band settled into the recording of their second full length LP, entitled Music Is Violence – much of which was roadtested on the aforementioned tour
During the course of the album recording the band went through two line up changes – with drummer Charlie Bergmann departing to complete his studies while co-founder and lead vocalist Alex Lee moved into a more ‘Brian Wilson non-touring-in-a-sandpit on the Isle of Wight’ role. Former Syd.31 and guitarist Charlotte Winchcombe stepped in to the breach, allowing David to step forward on the lead vocal front – while Alice Class took over drumming duties as the band began the new album campaign
St Lucifer are
- David – Vocals/Guitar/Nord/Tech
- Charlotte – Lead Guitar/Vocals
- John – Bass/Tech
- Alice – Drums/Megaphonics
- Accelerator: 69778094 (2017)
- Crucible (2018)
- Music Is Violence (2018)
- Raise The Dead (2018)
- Ultra/Violence (2019)