When It All Comes True is a perfect introduction to Spook The Herd, even including the line from which the album's title is taken, capturing the rare ability of Lanterns On The Lake to create a tense musical soundscape that holds the listener's attention from start to finish.
Lyrically the song references having foreseen impending catastrophes and being ignored until it's too late - "all the teachers and all the others I know they had their doubts, but by the time it all comes real, well I guess they'll work it out" - and the way that people can be manipulated in the reference to "blue lights that spook the herd" but Hazel declares "when it all comes true, I'll keep my word for you" as a reassurance that they only way we'll all survive is if we stick together and don't let ourselves be divided.
Spook The Herd is released on February 21 on vinyl, CD and download via Bella Union and can be preordered via their web store.
To coincide with the album release they play London Black's (February 20, 7/8pm sets), Brighton Bella Union Shop (21, 6pm), London Rough Trade East (24, 7pm) and Newcastle Reflex Records (27,
They tour in April calling at Leeds Brudenell (2), Manchester Deaf Institute (3), Newcastle Boiler Shop (4), London Earth (15), Brighton Patterns (16), Exeter Phoenix (17), Nottingham Bodega (18), Birmingham Castle And Falcon (22), Norwich Waterfront Studio (23), Cambridge Portland Arms (24), Bristol Thekla (25), Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (30), Belfast Sports Club (May 1) and Dublin Lost Lane (2).
Lanterns On The Lake's official website can be found here and they are on Facebook and Twitter.
photo - Ian West