The Black Lantern is a Long Beach, California musical anomaly. Their debut album We Know The Future is a frenzied mix of rock & roll and modern hardcore that feeds off the energy of punk. Simply put, this band delivers sounds unlike any other modern music to grace today’s stereos. The Black Lantern is, at their core, raw, unembellished, infectious commotion.
“If you’re partial to edgy and well-produced angst presented in such sharp focus, then The Black Lantern are a gift from the shadows of concrete and flesh. The band strived hard for the sound of energy to be captured in conjunction with a sharp execution of their statements and it can be thoroughly appreciated in what lays bare as ‘We Know The Future’.”
“We Know the Future is like an exciting high-speed car chase with police cars colliding with other vehicles in pursuit of a dangerous leopard heading down a street in San Francisco! Glorious in its dirty and fuzzy sound and wallowing in attitude and opinion whilst shaking the street lamp outside the building, this is the new flesh; the anti-establishment and the antithesis of sterility.”
Fun Fact: In a reverse White Stripes situation, vocalist Wendy Faraone and drummer Jesse Nason are happily married.
About The Black Lantern
Southern California natives Andy Prickett (guitar) and Jesse Nason (drums) had been in similar musical circles for a few years before ultimately joining forces in 2012. With a shared affinity for aggressive melodies, and a strong focus on creative and emotional song writing, the two teamed up and agreed upon one fundamental goal: convince powerhouse vocalist (and Jesse’s better half) Wendy Faraone to join the band. After a quick jam session recording, Andy and Jesse were terrified their choppy demo wouldn’t make it past the impossible to impress Wendy’s high standards. Luckily, to their delight (and utter shock), the first demo of tracks off We Know The Future immediately captured her attention. These formed the blueprints of what was to become L.A.’s one and only post-hardcore-meets-punk-anarchy band The Black Lantern, a fact that easily convinced Russell Crain (bass) to complete the lineup.
The writing and recording process for The Black Lantern is anything but safe and traditional. Rather, the band favors live energy, reckless rehearsals, and a real rebellious attitude. These candid sessions are what this band exists for, turning into transient moments, that are then converted into master files.
This philosophy toward creation pushes out into the artwork and online presence. Their ambition is to keep a tone that is independent of outside control. This way of thinking is the root of The Black Lantern’s raw sound that is unlike anything else in the modern musical marketplace. Their live shows follow in the same vein: each member plays until they have to go to the hospital, there is no small talk, only emotional chaos and keenly timed noise.
In order to maintain their novelty and remain the frontrunners in their highly original musical styling, as a statement The Black Lantern does not have a Facebook profile. This choice further supports that their bare bones, honest approach to creating and performing their art is reflected in everything they do as a band. No frills.
The Black Lantern is:
Wendy Faraone – Vocals
Andy Prickett – Guitar
Jesse Nason – Drums
Russel Crain – Bass
A Black Light, I Know You Don’t Know, Bombs Away
Recommended if You Like:
Rage Against The Machine, The White Stripes, The Distillers, NOFX, Wolfmother