By Mark Glenister
The 4 piece from Hull release another single from their forthcoming EP ‘The Disappearing Act’ but this time you can hear 2 different versions of ‘By Her Teeth’ – the original is available to download, this version has a film noir quality about it, sounding like Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds at their menacing best, with lead singer Alex Evans sounding ever more confident as the brooding front man.
Its what you’d expect from Lumer as a defined and well-planned next step, if you have been following their past few songs, this is a natural progression, and for fans of the band they are definitely going in the right direction.
The other version, or Alternate version is available to see & hear on Youtube and is again influenced by Nick Cave, but this time its at his brooding, melancholic best - a feat which Evans has said in a recent interview was the aim of this single, he said that was trying to emulate Cave, but poorly.
I think he does himself and the band a disservice by saying this, yes you can see the influence of someone like Nick Cave in this, but Evans and the rest of the band have put their own stamp on it, and if you are trying to emulate someone then Mr Cave is a pretty good benchmark.
To have the same song sound so different in 2 versions is a real accomplishment, its going to be interesting and hopefully rewarding to see how this band progress now, I certainly cannot wait for the next step.
Watch the band perform the alternative version here.