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London After Midnight (USA)



London After Midnight (LAM) was formed in the 1990s by Sean Brennan. Unlike most music projects, LAM has retained and nurtured the progressive political and socially aware element of the later punk scene that virtually vanished from the music scene in the early 90s, and has developed as a deep, passionate and political dark rock music entity. Live members vary. LAM has gained a large and loyal following all over the world, from the USA, Europe, Latin America (where LAM has toured extensively), and beyond, to Russia, Japan, China and elsewhere (appearing in major press and securing distribution deals with record labels).

London After Midnight has headlined and co-headlined concerts and major festivals with bands like The Cure, Green Day, HIM (HIM often cites LAM as a favorite artist), and countless other major artists. LAM has performed to crowds of over 30,000 people as headliner or co-headliner on major music festivals around the world. Still, London After Midnight maintains a strong underground and independent "personality" despite being a top seller (charting in the top 10 and top 20 of the European DAC and alternative charts with each of 4 CDs released) and a major draw at music festivals year after year.

Songwriter, instrumentalist, producer and founder Sean Brennan is known for his strong stances in favor of animal rights, pro-environmental and human rights issues, anti-corporate control of media, and progressive/liberal politics. Whatever the approach or subject matter, the music of London After Midnight is deeply touching, powerful, socially aware, romantic, emotional, haunting, moving, and even exhibits a morbid wit with its sarcasm and sardonic humor (listen to the tongue-in-cheek "Your Best Nightmare" and try not to think of an Edward Gorey story).

LAM is all this, having a very well defined personality while at the same time appealing to a wide variety of people. There really is no classification that fits London After Midnight (despite LAM's "dark" image) because the music is so varied and the lyrical content (and even LAM's personality and causes) are uncommon in todays music scene, often breaking boundaries - much to the outrage of people who live and die by genre labels. Sean Brennan shuns all labels (as any artist worth their salt will do) and the music he creates can really only be classified as "London After Midnight".

The latest London After Midnight CD 'Violent Acts of Beauty' was released in Europe and the USA in 2007 and Russia in 2008 (Trisol Music Group Germany, Metropolis Records USA, Iron D Records Russia). The new CD has received critical acclaim with Germany's top music magazine, Orkus Magazine, proclaiming "Violent Acts of Beauty is a masterpiece of sound and lyric". New music is now being recorded for the next LAM releases.


London After Midnight, kurz LAM, ist eine Rockband aus Los Angeles/USA, die um 1990 von dem Sänger Sean Brennan gegründet wurde.


1995 erschien das erste Album, „Selected Scenes from the End of the World“, auf dem Lieder wie „Revenge“, „Sacrifice“ und „Your Best Nightmare“ verewigt wurden. Ein Jahr später folgte dann „Psycho Magnet“, auf dem u. a. „Where Good Girls Go To Die“, „Kiss“, „Ruins“ oder „Shatter (All My Dead Friends)“ zu hören sind.

Nach diesen beiden Alben, die sie sofort zum Geheimtipp avancieren ließen, folgten „Oddities“ und das Video „Innocence Lost“, Anfang 2003 wurden die ersten beiden Alben als neu veröffentlicht, digital remastered mit Poster, neuem Artwork und neuen, bis dato unveröffentlichten Bonustracks.

Am 26. Oktober 2007 wurde das bislang letzte Studioalbum „Violent Acts of Beauty“ veröffentlicht. Eine Demoversion des Liedes „Fear“ war bereits auf dem 2005 veröffentlichten, offiziellen Soundtrack zu Saw II zu hören.

LAM bekennen sich offiziell zum Veganismus, unterstützen den Tierschutz und die Ausprägung der Tierrechte, ermuntern ihre Fans, den Wahlen beizuwohnen und vertreten insgesamt eine politisch liberale Einstellung.


Trotz einzelner Gothic-Rock-Songs, wie dem Track „Shatter (All My Dead Friends)“, und gewisser Parallelen und häufiger Vergleiche betonen LAM immer wieder, dass sie keine Gothic-Rock-Band seien. Eher lassen sich im Gesamtschaffen Parallelen zu Hard Rock, Alternative Rock und Death Rock erkennen. Mit dem neuen Werk „Violent Acts of Beauty“ wandelte die Band ihren Stil in Richtung Synth Rock/Crossover.