Meet Hull starlets LUMER – the thrilling quartet set to shake-up 2021 thanks to their brand of fervent post-punk and gritty lyricism that takes aim at modern society and its flaws.
They're an empowering proposition. The dynamism of explosive guitars and brooding basslines is juxtaposed by frontman Alex Evans’ unrelenting vocal style as he tears into themes of personal turmoil and global unrest.
The four-piece's new EP Disappearing Act, out now via Beast Records, is the perfect soundtrack to 2021’s discontent, taking on power-hungry leaders in tracks like White Tsar and First Is Too Late, while reflecting on heartache in The Sheets.
Jagged and distorted closer Another Day at the Zoo is arguably one of its standouts as Evans tries to make sense of post-Brexit Britain as he asks: “Is this what the world is coming to?”
Disappearing Act is a true statement of intent from an act ready to take it to the next level.
Talking about the songs he’s most proud of, Alex told Daily Star Online: “The Sheets I suppose I hold closest to my side as it’s probably the song that lyrically dives into the personal. I am proud of Another Day at the Zoo as it’s a huge rant of all the wrongs in the world that I hold a great deal of hatred for.”
Daily Star Online’s Rory McKeown caught up with Alex and Will Evans to talk about their path so far, Disappearing Act, the impact Hull’s had on the band, and their influences.
Tell me more about LUMER. How and when did the band form?
Alex Evans: “We’re are a four-piece reigning from Hull. A city with a wealth of Culture according to 2017. Around then is probably when we formed.”
How’ve the past 12 months been for you? How have you navigated the pandemic as a band?
Alex: “It’s been a very uncertain and a somewhat frustrating time. The lack of contact with other humans feels awfully isolating and I think the possibility of the lockdown ending this time seems to become more and more unlikely.
“It’s a desolated, monotonous circle of nothing much at all. As for how we have survived this, we replaced two members throughout the worst part of the pandemic and since have just been trying to adjust as well as we can to the current climate the world finds itself in.”
You’ve just released your debut EP Disappearing Act. When did you start writing and recording it?
Alex: “We have indeed just released the aforementioned EP Disappearing Act. I could not tell you an exact date as I’d forget my own name if people didn’t call me it, but I would say around mid-2019 we started writing it and as for recording, that came in the summer of that very year.
“We’ve had a lot of toing and froing which had kept the EP delayed and delayed until 2021. Then finally it was released.”
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Is there a track on the EP you’re particularly proud of?
Alex: “I’d say between the tracks The Sheets and Another Day at The Zoo personally.
"The Sheets I suppose I hold closest to my side as it’s probably the song that lyrically dives into the personal. I am proud of Another Day at the Zoo as it’s a huge rant of all the wrongs in the world that I hold a great deal of hatred for.”
How would you describe your sound?
Alex: “I would say it’s vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person or animal’s ear.
"Probably sound like a goth band from the 80s on speed to the regular listener."
You hail from Hull. What’s it like growing up in the city and has it made its mark on you as a band?
Alex: “I think Hull’s quite a small city, so in that sense everyone knows each other. This can be beneficial yet sometimes rather frustrating. It’s a lovely city that gets a lot of bad press to be honest.
"I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up anywhere else and I think it prepared me for eventually moving away to a bigger city.
"I’d say being in Hull, going to and playing Adelphi a few nights a week really helped us shape our sound and gave us a playing field to source what can make our music great or awful. Learning definitely from experience what sounds bad.”
Who are your main inspirations – either musically or personally?
Alex: “The main influences musically around the time of recording the EP were probably centred around bands like The Fall, The Birthday Party and Josef K.
"Often many other usual suspects that would have been apparent like Protomartyr and Wire. But I think I certainly wanted to sound like The Fall, if they could play their instruments and if Mark E Smith could sing.”
You’ve had support from the likes of The Face, So Young and more – what’s it like having this support at an early stage?
Alex: “It’s like the main infrastructure of one of those new, lovely luxury apartments you see everywhere. It’s very supportive.”
You’ve also supported Crows on their nationwide tour, performed at Maida Vale Studios, and also played at Goldsounds and Left of the Dial. What did you learn from these shows? And with the pandemic hitting live music in the UK and beyond, how eager are you to get back out there?
Alex: “The experience we have had from playing live shows has certainly taught me how to comfortably sleep in pretty much any position, in any given space or scenario.
"I think as well live performances are a way, for me at least, to express myself and become the person I want to be. You can truly become the person you dreamed of being on stage.
"With that said, I guess you could say I’m eager like a young horse trying to break out of the gates of his race.”
What’s next for LUMER? Do you have your eyes on an album?
Will Evans: “Honestly making an album would be a dream of all of ours and we’ve been writing a lot of material whilst being stuck inside so we’d like to put that out in some shape or form.”
LUMER'S Disappearing Act is out now via Beast Records
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