Audio alchemists and tellers of twisted tales, Alun, Dan, Gavin and Jason have a visceral vision of the future rooted in rock’s darker past.
Formed in Stroud in 2016, Lensmen surpass the mainstream. Their music crosses boundaries and ties genres together. Al’s lyrics express strong views and have a strong narrative element, so much so that they refer to their songs as stories. “We’re not trying to rub anyone’s belly”, Gavin tells me. “We ask quite a lot of our audience so you need to come to our shows with your brain engaged. We push ourselves hard and play at our limits. We’re really pleased with where we are musically right now. With only three players plus vocals, we each have quite a lot of scope and space to experiment with unexpected rhythms and play more freely. We incorporate samples, loops and a digital kit as well as drums, bass and keyboards.”
Expect multiple textures and moods – quiet, loud, soft and hard. Environmental and political themes are strong with this band. Always socially engaged, their recent night at Lansdown Hall raised money for the young people of Stroud to get to Extinction Rebellion events in London on April 15th. Constantly remoulding and evolving like shifting sand, their music grows with each performance. Don’t necessarily expect to hear them play a song the same way twice.
See Lensmen live at Sanctuary Records in Nailsworth on Record Store Day on Saturday 13th April, where there will be a special stage set up in front of the shop with performances from 12pm. Further afield, they have gigs coming up at the Louisiana in Bristol on 4th April (supporting Melbourne punks, Amyl and the Sniffers), at Farmfest on 25th July and backstage at the West Holts Stage, Glastonbury festival in June.
They are currently finishing off four new tracks so listen out for new singles in the coming months. And check out their recent release, DEMO18 at lensmen.bandcamp.com.