National Lakes

I got sent an email. It read:

National Lakes is a new band featuring Black Hotels singer and songwriter John Boyd.

And there were Facebook and Soundcloud links attached.

Given my favourable opinions of the Black Hotels (you’ll have heard them here, here and here), I wasn’t going to give this one a miss.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

So much of The Cure in that music. So much of… er… The Black Hotels in that voice: the gentle yet precise annunciation.

Lovely. Nice work, John Boyd.

Stone Wife

I’ve recently been enjoying some vintage Black Hotels in the form of their 2009 album Films For The Next Century. Here’s Stone Wife with a rather sad video and a very catchy chorus:

Highly underrated, these Joburg alternative rockers are due to release a new album – Holidays – next month. Hopefully, there will be a few gigs to go with it.

Find them on Facebook here.