Luxembourg are a British five-piece indie band. For most of their life, the lineup consisted of David Shah (lead singer), Rob Britton (guitar), Alex Potterill (keyboards), Jon Bacon (bass) and Steve Brummell (drums). Bassist Jon left the band at the end of 2006 and was replaced by David Barnett. Luxembourg have been compared to artists like Pulp, The Smiths and Roxy Music and sometimes described as "pop noir".
From left to right: Alex Potterill, David Barnett, Steve Brummell, David Shah, Rob Britton
|Genres||Pop noir, Indie, Pop|
|Associated acts||The Melting Ice Caps, |
The New Royal Family,
Keith Top of the Pops & His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band
|Past members||Alex Potterill|
They released most of their music through their own record label Dogbox Records.
Luxembourg was formed in 2001 in London. Press interest occurred after two tracks appeared on Angular compilations, The New Cross, and Rip Off Your Labels, alongside artists such as Bloc Party, Art Brut and The Long Blondes.
Their debut single, "What The Housewives Don't Tell You", was released in September 2004. A compilation, Best Kept Secret, featuring tracks from the now deleted demo EPs alongside live recordings and electro reworkings, was released in December 2004. The album (described as "Not Our Debut Album" on the CD artwork) received 3.5 out of 5 from indie journalism legend Simon Price in the Independent On Sunday.
The next single, "Luxembourg vs Great Britain", was released in November 2005, with B-sides "The Exhibitionist" and "About Time". All three songs were produced by Darren Allison, previously involved with artists such as The Divine Comedy.
The band's debut album proper, "Front", was recorded with Brian O'Shaughnessy, and released in late October 2006. This was preceded by the release of "We Only Stayed Together For The Kids" in June 2006, with B-side "A Secret Public". It was the band's first vinyl release, and received exceptional reviews in some quarters, including publications that had previously spurned the band such as Artrocker.
Bass player Jon Bacon left the band in December 2006, and was replaced by David Barnett, previously of The Boyfriends. The first gig with the new line-up occurred under the pseudonym The Exhibitionists on 29 March 2007, showcasing a large number of new songs.
As well as playing frequent London gigs throughout 2007, the band ran an online fan club called The Bourglar, giving fans access to unreleased recordings, photos, exclusive interviews and other features. Following the band's split, this content is currently unavailable.
This original line-up of Luxembourg split in early 2008, citing "musical differences". At the same time, they made available an uncompleted album, Last Holiday Before Divorce, free to download at Last.fm, featuring demos of the songs which might have comprised the second studio album alongside an unreleased single, "Kick Me" / "Not Quite Right/Not Quite Not Right".
The band reformed to perform a gig in Islington on 15 October 2016, with a line-up consisting of Shah, Britton, Barnett, Bacon and Brummell.
On 1 May 2018 they returned with a new video for a song called Youth, following that with the release of the five track "Youth EP" a week later. A statement released with the EP indicated that there was more material to come from the band in the future.
Members of the band have continued to collaborate in various ways.
David Shah continues to pursue his solo project The Melting Ice Caps, sometimes collaborating with Alex Potterill and Aug Stone. Meanwhile, David and Aug co-write and record as The Soft Close-Ups.
Alex Potterill fronted glam/indie pop band Jonny Cola & The A-Grades and now occasionally releases solo tracks as Jonny Cola, as well as co-running the Multimedia collaboration Jukebox Headaches, with his former A-Grades bandmate Jez Leather.
Rob Britton has released a number of solo albums through his 'bandcamp page', and has played guitar in Brontosaurus Chorus. As well as playing bass for Barnett in the New Royal Family, they play together in Menaces, along with Brontosaurus Chorus's Dom Green and Ciaran McNamee.
Steve Brummell runs a website devoted to band photography called A Secret Picnic and has been coaxed out of retirement to drum for Piney Gir, The Monochrome Set, Rebecca Jade and the live Melting Ice Caps band.
David Barnett is the mastermind fronting The New Royal Family, with Britton on bass, Charley Stone on guitar and Jennifer Denitto on drums; The Famous Cocks and David and the Barnettes. He has also played bass for The Melting Ice Caps as well as being a founder member of Menaces with Britton.
Barnett, Britton and Brummell have all performed with Keith Top of the Pops & His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band.
- "What The Housewives Don't Tell You", September 2004, Dogbox Records (BOX1)
- "Luxembourg vs Great Britain", November 2005, Dogbox Records (BOX5)
- "We Only Stayed Together For The Kids", June 2006, Dogbox Records (BOX11)
- "Sick of DIY", October 2006, Dogbox Records (BOX15)
- "Youth EP", May 2018, (LUX3)
- Front, October 2006, Dogbox Records (BOX16)
- Last Holiday Before Divorce, May 2008
- Best Kept Secret - Demos & Rarities 2001-2004, December 2004, Dogbox Records (BOX2)
- A Secret Public - b-sides & rarities 2001-2006, October 2016 (LUX2)
Appearances on Compilations
- "Making Progress" on The New Cross: An Angular Sampler, November 2003, Angular Recording Corporation (ARC002)
- "Let Us Have It" on Rip Off Your Labels: More Angular Product, June 2004, Angular Recording Corporation (ARC004)
- "Not My Number" on Blue Skies Up: Welcome To The New Pop Revolution, May 2006, Dogbox Records (BOX8)
- "Kick Me" on Doing It For The Kids 08, May 2008
Live appearances outside London
Despite being best known in London, where they played most of their gigs, Luxembourg also performed in:
Brighton (twice), Sheffield (twice), Liverpool (at the Liverpool Mathew Street Music Festival), Cardiff, Oxford, Reading, Cambridge (Downing College Ball), Norwich, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (twice), Glasgow (twice), Edinburgh, Tunbridge Wells and Paris.