THOSE of us with a passion for the heavy will remember Kettering class act Raging Speedhorn with affection – so much so, that when the press release entered the inbox spilling the beans on Blacklight Pioneer, my iPod was coincidentally blasting Thumper out. Loudly.
But Speedhorn are long gone.
In 2011, former RS duo, brothers Jamie and Dave Thompson, are all about the aforementioned
“Even though we’ve all been in heavy metal and hardcore bands, that kind of music isn’t what we listened to most of the time,” says Jamie.
“I’ve always loved pop and electro, as well as metal and rock.
“The range of influences in Blacklight Pioneer is just huge.
“We’re a rock band with big hooks, but even the poppy songs aren’t ‘happy poppy.’
“We’re a darker sounding band.”
The sextet are bringing their more accessible tune-age to The Craufurd Arms on Saturday night, when they play under the Underpass Promotions banner.
And now is as good a time as any to crack on to a new audience – next month they head out on a UK tour proper, in support of their debut single Lucille.
The single will be available through iTunes and on the much underrated 7” vinyl, from February 28.
The Craufurd will also be giving a warm welcome to O’Casan on Saturday night, whose Ricochet opus has been covered at length on this very page in the past.
A nicely flowing opus of pristine power-rock, they are guaranteed to hit the right spot in the live too.
Remember the clever, petite package of ragged class that was Buick McKane?
Now going under the guise of Il Brutto they also lend their talent to Saturday’s show, wearing a badge of influences including Biffy Clyro, Sucioperro, Marmaduke Duke (are you seeing a pattern, here?) and the criminally underrated Oceansize.
If you are in the area and can make it along, you can get set for a tasty night of the aurative.
Doors will open at 7.30pm.