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Lanterns On The Lake‘s Hazel Wilde has spoken to NME about their nomination for Hyundai Mercury Prize. The Newcastle band have scored their first Mercury nod with their acclaimed fourth album ‘Spook The Herd’ – which sees them employing their unique brand of atmospheric indie to dissect the hell-scape that we’re all living through. Rising nationalism and entire countries being let down by their leaders are all pertinent themes on the record, but they are always tackled with a degree of impressive subtlety.

“We never do sit down and say ‘this is what we’re going to write a record about’, because it feel too forced and not natural,” said Wilde.

“But that stuff, climate change and global politics is just what you see when you’re flicking through the news. Those things are on my mind and they’re the things we talk about as a band. It seeps into the music.” She continued: “We’re not political with a ‘capital P’ in the songs, but not in a social commentary kind of way – it’s a personal point of view. We’re not trying to lecture anybody or proclaim that we’ve got the big answers to massive questions. It’s coming from the point of view of people who are just living in these weird times.”

“We’ve just discovered that there’s been a big leak in our rehearsal room and a load of stuff is knackered. It would come in pretty useful for that! But we’re not thinking of the winnings – we’re just chuffed to be on the shortlist and have the album heard by more people,” Hazel explained.

And while fans had to wait five years for the arrival of ‘Spook The Herd’, it seems that the follow-up could be here sooner than expected. She added: “I’m really itching to get started on the next one. We do have a few ideas that we started on, but that had to take a backseat at the start of this lockdown. I’m itching to just getting cracking on the next one, I’m sure it will find its own way.”

Mercury Prize nominees Lanterns on the Lake released a live rendition of their beguiling track When It All Comes True ahead of their album and had us hooked. Of the track vocalist Hazel Wilde says: ‘Sometimes when you write a song you are creating a world in the same way a film maker or an artist painting a scene would. This is a twisted coming-of-age love story where we’re let in on the thoughts of what seems like a deranged narrator with a premonition.’

“Spook the Herd” was the fourth studio album to come from Lanterns on the Lake. It was released on 28th February 2020 under Bella Union Records.

Having earned a mercury music nom for their stunning lp earlier in the year, Lanterns on the Lake are back already with a 5-track ep of dream-pop bliss. if you’re new to them & yet to hear what all the fuss is about, this’ll be the perfect snapshot of a band whose understanding of engrossing melodies & captivating atmospheres is second to none.

The ep includes four brand new tracks as well as a new reworked stripped-back arrangement of the single “Baddies”. of the track and ep vocalist Hazel Wilde says: “the realist is a song about being a dreamer, clinging to a vision and following your heart – even when that path can seem deluded to others. it was one of the songs that didn’t make it onto the album spook the herd as it didn’t fit sonically or narratively. it felt like it came from another place. so we began putting together this ep. we wanted to sculpt an intimate “Headphones” record. one for the introverts and dreamers, the ones that still find beauty and magic in things. recording some of the songs over lockdown in our homes helped in creating that world.”

Taken from The Realist EP out 11th December 2020 on Bella Union Records.

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“You said, do I have hope and I said I don’t… but I do,” riddles Hazel Wilde on the Newcastle band’s fourth album. Surveying the gathering storm, here’s an end-of-the-world address that finds stirring beauty and defiance in humanity’s final acts. To mark the occasion of our album coming out today we are sharing another live session video. ‘Swimming Lessons’ was recorded and filmed live at Blast Studios in Newcastle.

While the songs are Lanterns On The Lake’s’ leanest yet, fusing dreamy pop melodies with Paul Gregory’s soaring post-rock guitar, it’s Wilde’s lyrics that quicken the pulse. On Swimming Lessons, she marvels at “Vincent’s starry night with the colour drained”.

 Blue Screen Beams laments mobile phone addiction, while lead single Every Atom is a potent shot of glorious romanticism.If we are sleepwalking towards apocalypse, Lanterns On The Lake are here to sing us out in style. “The waters are rising/ our leaders unhinged,” sighs Wilde in majestic 3/4 on Before They Excavate. “Let’s break out the good stuff and toast to the end.” .

The Spook Sessions: When It All Comes True Recorded live at Blast Studios, Newcastle Upon Tyne

When It All Comes True is taken from the album ‘Spook The Herd’ is now out in the world.

This album is an important one for us. We are extremely proud of it and we have been bowled over by the responses so far.Thanks, as always, for all the love and support you’ve given our music over the years. It means more than you could ever know. ‘Spook The Herd’ is available on lush 180g vinyl,

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Hazel Wilde, Paul Gregory, Ol Ketteringham, Bob Allan, Angela Chan

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Atmospheric Newcastle based indie rock band Lanterns On The Lake already had everyone eagerly awaiting fourth album ‘Spook the Herd’ with beautifully stark song ‘Every Atom’. Now that first taste is followed by powerful second single ‘Baddies’ which unveils frontwoman Hazel Wilde’s frustration with the domination of the rich and powerful, maintaining their control stoking up prejudice.

Baddies is a song about the rising tide of anger and hate in the world that seems to have been unleashed over the last few years, with those in positions of power and influence actively encouraging it for their own ends, and the polarisation of society as a result. It is about the need for the individual, the underdog, to stand up to it, but the fact that in doing so we become part of it. We become someone else’s baddie.”

Baddies is the new single taken from our upcoming album ‘Spook The Herd’ out on 21st February 2020