What I love about the British punk scene is its depth in variety. When I scour the internet (more often than not: Bandcamp) for hidden gems I almost always find myself pleasantly surprised. Not because of the amount of thriving bands and artists touring up and down the country or the amount of EPs and full-lengths released through DIY record labels, but how diverse the scene really is.
One such band is Gloucester’s Lanterns. Written in an acoustic artist’s bedroom, Joe Banyard formed the band with Kav Townsend, Sam Piper and Brogan Wilson for a fuller dynamic sound. Drawing inspiration from a number of their favourite artists in the emo, punk and country scenes, Lanterns play music in the vein of fellow DIY three-piece Great Cynics and mainstream folk-punk legend Frank Turner.
Lanterns’ debut arrives January 19th through Middlemist Records. Bold and shy in intimate, intrinsic whirling overlaps that work smoothly to deliver the charm of Banyard’s voice upon the frenzied energy of Lantern’s The Menzingers-esque melodies; This Is Not My Home is a diamond-in-the-rough record that holds significant promises.
Songs like “All That You Need” featuring Jessica Grace is a particularly personal favourite, while “Safe with Me” snatches the show right at the end of the record. A pleasantly unanticipated last song, “Safe with Me” is the last breath before the storm hits you. The emotion in Banyard’s voice is so strong it’s almost difficult to listen to.
While being rough around the edge (polished recording would ruin the force of the record, in my opinion) Lanterns’ This Is Not My Home has the potency to unlock many doors for the four-piece. Listen to their songs, see them at a gig, buy their merch, have a good time. Most importantly download the album as soon as its released.