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1. Black Lights formed in November 2010.
2. Black Lights of Glasgow, Scotland formed in November 2009.

1. Most groups would still be deciding who was going to make the tea or what angle to have their mics at while dreaming of fame, fortune and supersonic gin and tonics.

From standing, Black Lights have written a full set of songs. So what? You might retort. And I might have allowed you that right to reply. Except for the fact that these are songs which tower effortlessly over the naive attempts of those of their own age group (there’s no one older than 19 here) and precociously challenge the seasoned and skilful work of a Guy Garvey or a Tim Buckley.

These are not claims they make for themselves. There’s no swaggering R. Kid arrogance here and Jamie McCool, who has a voice that Al Green or Ray Charles would step back and admire, has barely heard of Buckley’s son Jeff. These are things that old heads who have been round the block, having seen the good the bad and the indifferent, see in Black Lights.

Songs like In My Soul- set to become familiar before the year is out- are characterised by a judgement, a lightness of touch and a restraint that belies their years and their experience. Jamie, “just sang around the house” , before a casual session with pianist Howard Eastwood resulted in songs seemingly dropping from the heavens.

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