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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1999 – 2002)

Formed in 1999 in Glasgow, Scotland by Sue Tompkins (vocals), Will Bradley (drums), Chris Evans (bass) and Robert Johnston (guitar). They split in 2002.

2001 album Any Other City, released initially on the Rough Trade-affiliated Tugboat label, has a devoted cult following as it just preceded the early 2000s . 3 singles from the album were released: The Leanover/New Town, Is Is & the IRS and Young Offenders.


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  • pointpleasant

    this is one of like two bands in existence that can make me cry. most of everything else pales in comparison.

    12 Sep 9:02pm Reply
  • pointpleasant

    LWB lyfe.

    8 Sep 10:20pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    scotland proud

    9 Aug 1:08pm Reply
  • deemush

    Yea they sounds exactly like The Van Pelt and old school emo in general. What makes different with LWB is the accent. Glad finally I found a hidden gem here

    4 Jul 12:23am Reply
  • unduetre

    johnny-mnemonic you're right. reviewers always underrate the midwest emo/van pelt/ etc influences of this band

    24 May 9:05am Reply
  • ugandan

    I just found this album thanks to NME running a 101 records to hear before you die thing. So glad I read it for this record alone. WOW is all I have to say. Amazing and can't believe I didn't get on this sooner.

    19 May 8:29pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    Good stuff. I was blown away by Sorrow. Very nice and unexpected!

    9 May 5:59am Reply
  • pointpleasant

    holy shit

    4 May 11:32pm Reply
  • johnny-mnemonic

    I really don't get why LWB seems to only get associated with post-punk while links to emo bands which cultivated this kind of dynamic speak-singing already earlier (and not less successful) such as moss icon or the van pelt are entirely neglected ... similar can be said for the sweet and explosive instrumentation which partially seems like directly from the rule-book of 90ies melodic emo ... LWB are great and all, but there seems to be a blind-spot in their reception

    28 Apr 6:57am Reply
  • thelionrampant

    PITCHFORKS has spoken

    18 Apr 8:58pm Reply
  • R-Mac

    pitchfork resuscitation, fools.

    18 Apr 5:00pm Reply
  • peter88823

    This band is CRIMINALLY and BRUTALLY under-rated!

    22 Mar 7:07pm Reply
  • Detective_Kane

    yeah, the right stuff

    15 Feb 12:23pm Reply
  • kenhomme

    Sorely missed x

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Momotucker

    Second coming of Lizzy Descloux

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • crimsonmaestro

    "this could be a midwest emo band in 1994" holy shit you're right

    7 Feb 2013 Reply

    годно, но истерично немного, к сожалению

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • lolcatloldog

    this could be a midwest emo band in 1994. if not for the accent

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • megajosh2

    Only indie rock bands make such inane phrases their band names.

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • nikkichocnut

    is their name from the Japan song?

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
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