Lightyear are about to make their return with a UK tour and billing this as a new era for the band, rather than merely an anniversary reunion. Although it does mark a passage of time – 20 years in face since the Derby ska punks began on the underground scene.
The comeback starts with two Derby dates – Thursday 19 October 2017 supported by Vanilla Pod and Pet Crow, and 20 October 2017 supported by Unqualified Nurse Band, Cotton Weary, The Boom, and Fire Apple Red. Both dates are at the Hairy Dog, Becket Street, a natural home for the band and the original date (20 October) is fully sold out. The band will then head off around the UK with dates including the Garage, London.
Alongside the 20th Anniversary Tour the band has launched a Pledge campaign toward the release of documentary This Music Doesn’t Belong To You, which explores the underground music scene of the late ’90s and early- to mid- 2000s. This era of the punk scene is largely undocumented but is an important part of music history, marking the second wave of punk in the UK, and of which Lightyear were at the vanguard.
And to coincide with the Derby dates an exhibition of photographs, Lords Of The Earth, capturing ‘the social underbelly of Derbyshire’ by friend of the band, Carl Bull will go on display at Dubrek Studios. Dubrek will open early on Friday to give those in town for the gig a chance to view the exhibition before heading over the road to the Hairy Dog for the gig.
Lightyear – Life Jacket, Water Wings
Today’s Storge track of the day is Life Jacket, Water Wings taken from Lightyear‘s last album 2003’s Chris Gentlemen’s Hairdressers And Railway Book Shop, released on Household Records. Heavy on their ska-punk sound the album captured a moment in time but well worth a repeat listen as a warm up to the gigs and the revival of the band.
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Find details of the Lords Of The Earth exhibition here.