NEWS ARCHIVE

Hi friends – apologies for being slightly quiet over here at LS.net, we've been busy preparing for album release and much more...

 

Yes, you'll probably have seen the teaser promo videos (head over to the Video page if you haven't caught them yet). This is a series of mini promos (there will be nine in total) featuring snippets of each track from the up-coming third album, Darkness Falls Upon The Light. The series will be followed by an extended promo video featuring all the tracks with various bits of footage.

 

The album can still be pre-ordered via the specific DFUTL Store page, and there are still a few copies left of the single version of When The Lady Takes The Blame. Remember: this version does not feature on the album! Lots more goodies will start filtering on to the main Store page over the coming months...

 

We aim to tour the new album (which is released on 28th April, by the way) – however, as we want to play as many shows as possible, we're booking and announcing shows (see the posters above and our Shows page for more details) as and when they are offered to us – as opposed to putting some off 'til later. See it as a continuation of Luxury Stranger's original 'Never Ending Tour'... It's going to be great being back out there playing for you the fans, meeting new fans and just having a fun time playing the songs both the band and the fans love. There are plans to return to playing in Europe too – keep your eyes out for news on that, and please, if any of you know of bookers and venues who could work with Luxury Stranger then get them to contact us using the details on our Contact page. It's massively important and appreciated how much our fans get involved in helping us to set up shows along the way.

 

Thank you so much to those of you who took the time to pre-order the CD version of the new album – this helped out big time in meeting our deadline at the pressing plant. We aim to get those pre-order albums posted out soon with a view to try our very best and have them in people's hands if not on then slightly before release date. But please be patient – there were a lot more pre-orders than we expected.

 

We're in the process of organising a very special Nottingham show... news on that very soon.

Catch up... [14 April 2017]

After all of that info, I'm proud to take this opportunity to announce that Luxury Stranger has its new drummer!

 

Harry Hallam came on board around January / February time and has been rehearsing with me pretty heavily, going through both material from the new album and older songs from Desolation and 'Commitment and Discipline' etc... He's really picked up the vibe of LS and has certainly put the work in. I'm looking forward to working with Harry as part of the band and seeing what his own influences and style bring to the sound of Luxury Stranger.

 

There is still an opening for a second guitarist / keyboard player – the sound is big already for 'just' a three-piece, but with that extra element, I'm convinced the live experience will be even bigger for people seeing us for the first time and long-time fans alike. The new album is packed with some of the finest work to come out of Luxury Stranger – already having been labelled as "a masterpiece" by Nottingham-based writer, broadcaster, promoter and critic Steve Oliver. I'm looking forward to taking the journey in the life of Luxury Stranger as we approach the chapter of Darkness Falls Upon The Light, travelling with great musicians, a fantastic management team, good people, supportive industry people and the best fans in the world!

 

"Stay where you are..." SY

We've had a new review of the recent single, When The Lady Takes The Blame...

 

Released in Sept 2016, this single has been dipping in and out of various radio playlists since and gives an idea of what fans – and general music listeners – can expect to hear on the album... despite this version not featuring on Darkness Falls Up[on The Light.

 

"It’s the perfect single, and an excellent taste of what is ahead. If you somehow haven’t heard LUXURY STRANGER by now, you will."

 

Read the full review on the Reflections of Darkness website.

New review of LS single... [8 March 2017]

The new album, Darkness Falls Upon The Light, is very nearly at release stage...

 

To help make it clear that the album is on its way, we've released the first of a series of mini promo video teasers.

 

The first video features a clip from opening track Another Intoxicated Release.

 

The track listing for Darkness Falls Upon The Light is:

  1. Another Intoxicated Release
  2. Dismissal
  3. Wash
  4. A Triumph Of The Heart
  5. When The Lady Takes The Blame
  6. The Real Is Done
  7. Side Of The Road
  8. Diver
  9. Darkness Falls Upon The Light

 

Already reported as a "masterpiece" by writer/critic and radio presenter Steve Oliver, this album can be pre-ordered on CD from our store page.

 

For more videos, check out our videos page or head over to our YouTube page.

Countdown to album release begins... [25 February 2017]

Luxury Stranger have been invited to once again play at the UK's Official David Bowie Convention.

 

This time the event is taking place in Hull, hometown of Mick Ronson and Trevor Bolder – members of the Rats and Bowie's band, the Hype (which soon became known as the Spiders From Mars, upon which time Driffield-born Mick "Woody" Woodmansey had joined on drums). Hull is also 2017's City of Culture, so it's going to be a massive event!

 

This will be the fourth time Luxury Stranger has played the event (the fifth for Simon who played a solo show one year), and Simon and the band have always cherished performing at these conventions. Luxury Stranger has reached an audience it may not have done, by being involved with an event that celebrates – and continues to celebrate – one of the biggest influences on modern western popular music.

 

From people who listen to a particular artist, we've gained faithful fans who have recognised that our music is for anyone who can recognise the links to the music across genres that they were listening to growing up or found out in a particular period of their life.

 

True music fans...

 

LS will be playing on Saturday 13th May... so far, we've rehearsed about an hour's worth of LS and db songs which all sit well together, a bit like a story of sorts...

A celebration of one of our "Heroes"... [14 January 2017]

Firstly, happy New Year! Last year was a great one and we're looking forward to what 2017 will bring.

 

Last November, we presented the studio version of our soon to be released third album to a press and VIP audience at our favourite venue, the Chameleon in Nottingham. The response was more than we could hope for and behind the scenes we've had some great feedback – and people are looking forward to the release more than ever. And then came the Christmas and New Year break...

 

Today, we received the first piece of press feedback on the event. Mainly focussing on the reasons behind the event we set up, the piece then casually lets the reader know that "the album is a masterpiece..."

 

Read the full article at www.thesteveoliverblog.blogspot.co.uk

New year, new album... [14 January 2017]

Luxury Stranger held a special one-off playback event on Wednesday, 30th November, as part of the run-up to the release of the band's third album, Darkness Falls Upon The Light.

 

The event was held at the Chameleon in Nottingham and hosted members of the press, friends of the band, people involved in the making of the album, as well as long-time supporters of the band.

 

A very nervous but confident Simon York and Jake Hampson opened the night, giving an explanation of the event and a short insight into the process of recording the album and the mood at the time. The lights were dimmed and the album began with the sparse but powerful beat of Another Intoxicated Release.

 

The tracklisting was / is as follows:

  1. Another Intoxicated Release
  2. Dismissal
  3. Wash
  4. A Triumph Of The Heart
  5. When The Lady Takes The Blame
  6. The Real Is Done
  7. Side Of The Road
  8. Diver
  9. Darkness Falls Upon The Light

 

Applause ruptured between each track – something Simon and Jake didn't expect seeing as it was not a live show – and comments over drinks after the playback were very warm and positive. A very emotional Simon gave thanks to all involved in the making of the album and to everyone who has continued to support the band. Jake helped close the event giving a positive description of an exciting year so far – coming into the band as a fan and listening to the new album in a room full of people with the love for Luxury Stranger in common – and also looking forward to the future...

 

Reports of a write up of the album / event have come into LS HQ, we'll post here that when it's out! Until then, pictured are two of the lovely comments received via social media...

 

The album, Darkness Falls Upon The Light, will be released through Cold Insanity Music (Germany) and Earth-Two Records in April 2017. The single version of the album track When The Lady Takes The Blame is out now and available to download or on CD at our shop page.

Album playback event [11 December 2016]

On 30th November, we will be holding a special press and VIPs only playback event of the long-awaited third Luxury Stranger album, Darkness Falls Upon The Light.

 

We want to give the opportunity to press members who have continuously helped and supported the band, to listen to the album and jot down their thoughts and feelings on the soon to be released album, so they can perhaps give a brief 'preview' review and help to increase the buzz which is already flying around about the next major release from the band.

 

Much of the album was penned in 2012 and 2013 but various issues caused for a delay to the working of songs and a further incident almost halted recording. However, despite illness, Simon got up on the agreed and booked in first studio date and started work, in a collaborative capacity with studio legend Guy Elderfield, on what could potentially be seen as the best release (and songs) to come from Luxury Stranger since it's incept in 2006!

 

On the 30th November, Simon and full-time bassist (and long-time LS fan) Jake Hampson will be available to chat with the invited press and are also booked in with two music magazines to give the first in-depth interviews.

 

"After that, the stories that some people have asked to hear will most certainly be old and put away to rot and we can from then on just talk about and act on the future – that's what LS has always been about at the end of the day, moving on with an eye on the path and an eye on the goal... and it's been the band's strength too." (SY, 04/11/2016)

 

The first batch of invites went out last week, a second this week and a third is being prepped as we type...

 

The album, Darkness Falls Upon The Light, will be released through Cold Insanity Music (Germany) and Earth-Two Records in April 2017. The single version of the album track When The Lady Takes The Blame is out now and available to download or on CD at our shop page.

Album playback event [05 November 2016]

Novelist and magazine / comic book writer Andrew Hawnt was in the audience at Luxury Stranger's recent show in Nottingham – where the band launched the single version of When The Lady Takes The Blame and played a massive set made up of the soon to be released third album and classic tracks from the band's 10 year life.

 

Andrew reports that LS' "sound was full and immediate..." and that they "turned an intimate gig in a room over a greetings card shop into an engrossing moment of monochromatic performance art."

 

Read more at andrewhawnt.blogspot.co.uk

Live review from single launch show in Nottingham... 
[30 October 2016]

Simon York from the band has been a long-time supporter of the Nottingham MySight charity (formally known as the Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind, NRSB).

 

Just over a year ago, Simon was asked, by Hockley store manager Richard Rudkin, if Luxury Stranger would be up for playing a special show to help raise funds for the charity. Simon of course agreed.

 

That idea of a show eventually developed into an ongoing event called MySound which will be held in the Rough Trade shop's venue space... and LS headlined the first one on 28 October.

 

We'd been pushing the event like mad via social media and it paid off – £300 was raised for MySight, and Rough Trade were very happy to see the events continue at the venue.

 

Well done to all bands who played for pulling in people to support the night... and a MASSIVE well done to Richard on the success of his first MySound night – best of luck with the future events!

 

For more on MySight, go to www.mysightnotts.org.uk or MySight's Facebook page for the Hockley shop.

 

LS play MySight charity show [29 October 2016]

Jackie Nutty from Lyric Lounge Review Magazine very kindly felt the urge to give her thoughts after hearing the single version of When The Lady Takes The Blame: "Whilst staying true to their Alternative roots, this new material also has a frisson of invigoration about it that certainly whets the appetite for their eagerly anticipated forthcoming third album."

 

Read more at www.lyricloungereview.co.uk

Single review [04 October 2016]

We played a single launch show at the Chameleon in Nottingham on Friday 30 September, as part of the Night Shift event. It was a fantastic night and rammed!

 

Our headline set, looked like this:

  1. Light Comes (instrumental)
  2. Paradise Untouched
  3. Dismissal
  4. Nothing Holy
  5. A Triumph Of The Heart
  6. Dreaming Our Lives Away
  7. Where You've Gone
  8. Dirt
  9. When The Lady Takes The Blame
  10. The Real Is Done
  11. Side Of The Road
  12. Diver

 

Many thanks to everyone – new faces and known – for being there for us on this very special and important night. The next time we'll be at the Chameleon will be a special press and VIPs only event we plan to hold in November. This event will be an opportunity for press to hear the up coming third LS album, Darkness Falls Upon The Light, and hopefully write a 'preview' review to help increase the buzz as we approach the album's release date.

 

We next time play Nottingham on 28th October – a special charity event for MySight (formally Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind). The event is being held at Rough Trade in Hockley, and we'll have Joseph Knight and In Isolation as our support...

Single launch show in Nottingham [03 October 2016]
New single video released [30 September 2016]

The new single from Luxury Stranger is out now. Here's the video for you to watch...

 

For more videos, head over to the videos page or check out our YouTube page...

New single released [30 September 2016]

The new single from Luxury Stranger is out now. We know many of you have been waiting for the new album for a long time, and we appreciate your patience and continued support during that time. But now, it's all starting to be presented to you...

 

The new album, Darkness Falls Upon The Light, is Luxury Stranger's third album. It was written by Simon York around 2012 and 2013, with the 'last minute' added closing title track being written in 2014.

 

The first single, When The Lady Takes The Blame, features a version of the song which does not feature on the album.

 

You can purchase the single at live shows and from this website's store page. You can also pre-order the new album from there.

Steven Hurst from Glasswerk Magazine attended the Nambucca show on 24 September, and felt that "...the set delivered tonight showed that even with a member or two missing from the live set that they can still deliver the goods."

 

Read more at glasswerk.co.uk

Live review from London show... [28 September 2016]
Live review from London show... [24 September 2016]

We played with Cold In Berlin and In Isolation at the Nambucca, London on 24 September and Claudia from Cimmerian Music Blog was there to report: "Why Luxury Stranger are not playing to 100+ people on a regular basis is beyond me, they are one of the hardest working, dedicated and unpretentious bands around, playing gigs of around 100 minimum should be the norm!!!”

 

Read more here at cimmerianmusic.wordpress.com

For older news, go to our Facebook page. Reviews and interviews can be found collected on the Press page.

NEWS ARCHIVE
New review of LS single... [8 March 2017]
Catch up... [14 April 2017]
Countdown to album release begins... [25 February 2017]
A celebration of one of our "Heroes"... [14 January 2017]
New year, new album... [14 January 2017]
Album playback event [11 December 2016]
Album playback event [05 November 2016]
Live review from single launch show in Nottingham... 
[30 October 2016]
LS play MySight charity show [29 October 2016]
Single review [04 October 2016]
Single launch show in Nottingham [03 October 2016]
New single video released [30 September 2016]
New single released [30 September 2016]
Live review from London show... [28 September 2016]
Live review from London show... [24 September 2016]
Catch up... [14 April 2017]
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New review of LS single... [8 March 2017]
Countdown to album release begins... [25 February 2017]
A celebration of one of our "Heroes"... [14 January 2017]
New year, new album... [14 January 2017]
Album playback event [11 December 2016]
Album playback event [05 November 2016]
Live review from single launch show in Nottingham... 
[30 October 2016]
LS play MySight charity show [29 October 2016]
Single review [04 October 2016]
Single launch show in Nottingham [03 October 2016]
New single video released [30 September 2016]
New single released [30 September 2016]
Live review from London show... [28 September 2016]
Live review from London show... [24 September 2016]
Catch up... [14 April 2017]
NEWS ARCHIVE
New review of LS single... [8 March 2017]
Countdown to album release begins... [25 February 2017]
A celebration of one of our "Heroes"... [14 January 2017]
New year, new album... [14 January 2017]
Album playback event [11 December 2016]
Album playback event [05 November 2016]
Live review from single launch show in Nottingham... 
[30 October 2016]
LS play MySight charity show [29 October 2016]
Single review [04 October 2016]
Single launch show in Nottingham [03 October 2016]
New single video released [30 September 2016]
New single released [30 September 2016]
Live review from London show... [28 September 2016]
Live review from London show... [24 September 2016]