One of the surprises of the summer has been the resurfacing of Lighthouse Family, a band who have been away for the last 18 years, but who are now back very much front and centre.
Their debut album ‘Ocean Drive’ from 1995 shifted a serious amount of units, spent 175 weeks in the charts and went platinum multiple times. No mean feat I think you would agree. Clearly their laid back easy listening style hit a chord with the listening public and they subsequently went on the release 2 further albums, ‘Postcards From Heaven’ in 97 and ‘Whatever Gets You Through The day’ in 2001.
Then off they went for 18 years to do their own thing, but they’re now back with a new recently released album (Blue Sky In Your Head) and a winter 19/20 tour all set up and ready to go. In the meantime, they decided to do some small stripped back album launch shows, and so it was that a sold out Leeds Brudenell welcomed The Lighthouse Family onstage for a short but enjoyable gig.
Strangely they went for the killer track from the start with opener ‘Lifted’, and it’s clear that time has been kind to this band. Tunde Baiyewu’s vocals sounded as good as ever, and with co-founder Paul Tucker on keyboards, accompanied by acoustic guitar and drums, this pared back version sounded as good as it’s ever sounded.
As this was an album launch they of course showcased three tracks from their new album, ‘My Salvation’, ‘Live Again’ and ‘Whose Gonna Save Me Now’ which all had the distinctive Lighthouse Family sound and were well received by the audience.
Of course ‘Ocean Drive’ and ‘High’ resulted in impromptu singalongs and the set was completed with ‘Lost In Space’ which was my personal highlight of the show.
They may have been away for a few years, but clearly people haven’t forgotten them. I’ve no doubt their full shows later this year will be a huge success, but it’s nice to occasionally see bands in a small venue like this, and The Lighthouse Family were a perfect match.
Full details of their winter tour below: