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London After Midnight (USA)


(last.fm) London After Midnight (LAM) is a music project formed in the 1990s by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Brennan. LAM has retained and nurtured the political and socially aware element of the later punk scene that virtually vanished from all music scenes in the early 90s, and has developed as a passionate and political dark rock-music entity. LAM has a large worldwide following, with many gothic rock fans (LAM shuns labels such as “gothic”, however, saying that labels limit an artist’s creative realm and also destructively divides audiences- unfortunately too many people define themselves by the style of music they listen to and refuse to expand beyond that).

LAM has gained a large and loyal following all over the world, from the USA to Europe to Latin America (where the live band has toured extensively), and beyond. LAM has headlined and co-headlined concerts and major festivals with bands like The Cure, Green Day, HIM (HIM has cited LAM a favorite artist), Rammstein, Soft Cell and many more. LAM has performed to crowds of over 30,000 people as headliner and co-headliner on major music festivals around the world. However, London After Midnight maintains a strong underground and independent “personality” despite being a top seller (charting in the top 10 and top 20 German DAC, and other European independent 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 support for progressive and liberal political and social causes. Whatever the approach or subject matter, the music of London After Midnight is deeply touching, powerful, socially aware, romantic, emotional, disturbing, haunting, moving, and often exhibits a morbid wit with its 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, 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 unique and uncommon in today’s 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”.

(de.wikipedia.org) 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.