Black Box Recorder debut new songs at comeback gig

Band play first headline show in nearly five years

Black Box Recorder played their first gig in five years last night (February 18) at London‘s Luminaire.

The rare headline show, watched at the intimate venue by the likes of Art Brut‘s Eddie Argos, saw the band play two new songs – along with former Top 20 single ‘The Facts Of Life’.

The gig saw Luke Haines, who recently published his Britpop memoirs, reunited with his old bandmates – former absinthe importer and Jesus And Mary Chain drummer John Moore and vocalist Sarah Nixey.


Playing in front of a Union Jack with ‘Rock N Roll Not Dole’ emblazoned across it, the trio played two new songs and saw Haines hint about a new record, telling NME.COM it will be “our political album, especially for the recession. It’s going to be like Crass, only from the opposite end of the political spectrum and with better songs”.

Meanwhile Moore introduced one of the new songs by ambitiously declaring: “If this isn’t Number One by Christmas, the question will be answered once and for all,” before Nixey revealed it was called ‘Do You Believe In God?’.

Black Box Recorder played:

‘Girl Singing In The Wreckage’

‘The English Motorway System’

‘British Racing Green’


‘Wonderful Life’


‘The Facts Of Life’

‘Factory Radio’

‘Straight Life’

‘Child Psychology’

‘I.C. One Female’

‘Do You Believe In God?’

‘Keep It In The Family’

‘England Made Me’

‘Ideal Home’


‘The New Diana’

‘The Art Of Driving’

‘Lord Lucan Is Missing’