Luxury Stranger is a post punk band formed in 2007 in Nottigham by Simon York.
With bassist Chris Ruscoe and drummer Owen Walton, they had their first live show on September 2008 at Junktion Seven in Nottigham. A few months later Luxury Stranger signed with the German label, Major Digital. Their debut album, “Desolation” was released on the 13th of December, 2008.
Line-up changes followed in 2009 with Paul Sycamore replacing Owen Walton on the drums and the band started playing live again. Luxury Stranger played the main stage at the Y not Festival and on December 2009 they supported German post-punk band Die Art at the Groovestation, Dresden.
In 2010 they opened for ex-Cure members Lol Tolhurst and Michael Dempsey’s new project Levinhurst in Holland and Germany.
In May 2010 the band performed at the Wave Gotik Treffen in Germany, and in June they released a set of 6 live “bootleg” CDs. (Titled “Live Bootlegs on CD“)
In September, on the night they opened for the band, O. Children, Luxury Stranger released a limited edition of 100 for the single “Precious For Everyone / Completion”,
October 2010 seemed to be the last gig for band members Chris Roscoe and Paul Sycamore who departed after the band opened for Red Lorry Yellow Lorry.
The second Luxury Stranger album, titled “Commitment and Discipline” was released on 31st December 2010 and on 15th January Luxury Stranger’s new line up went on stage for a charity show in Leicester, with Chris Tuke on the bass and Neal Spowage on the drums. Both were ex members of The Screaming Banshee Aicrew. In addition to working as a part of Luxury Stranger, both new members have their own solo projects. Chris writes and performs under the guise of Berlin Black while Neal is a sonic artist and lecturer.
The band supported The Damned at Whitby Gothic Weekend on Saturday, 26th March 2011 and returned to Europe for some headline shows in Switzerland and Germany.
One month after opening for the June show of The March Violets in Norwich, on the 3rd of July they announced the release of their new single, “Empty Men” through Trash Vogue Records, as well as the departure of Neal Spowage. They played a full set with a temporary live drummer on Friday 22nd July as main support to Gary Numan at the Barbican.
The band is now recording new material.
You can find all the information you need on the Official Luxury Stranger website.
You can order their latest release, “Empty Men”, from Trash Vogue Records here.