Links for Lahost

Stephen Bennett


Formed in 1983 from the remaining fragments of Airbridge, Lahost were one of the most distinctive neo-progressive groups to come out of the UK during the brief renaissance of progressive music in the 80s. Featuring new recruits Fudge Smith on drums and the unrestrainedly extrovert frontman Mark Spencer, Lahost (originally christened ‘The Host’) embarked on a furious five-year schedule of touring the UK, occasionally stopping off in recording studios to document their music.

Much of Lahost’s appeal was as a live act and, though no video footage survives of their shows, live audio recordings show evidence of an energetic band, kicking hard against some of their more earnest contemporaries. Their recorded output was compiled onto a CD, posthumously released in 1992, called Erotic Antiques. Featuring studio and live tracks, the album is now only available on eBay or from record collectors, as both MSI and UGUM are now no longer trading. The good news is, Erotic Antiques will soon be available in a remastered form with additional bonus tracks and new artwork here at the Gentlemen’s Club!

Lahost at the Marquee

2007 has seen the original bassist, Sean Godfrey and vocalist Mark Spencer, after various false starts with other original band members, begin writing and recording a new album’s-worth of material.

“I think we’ve both been around the block enough times to know that what we did back then, though it’s got a certain charm, isn’t what we’d call ‘releasable’now,” says vocalist Mark Spencer. “Plus, we’re both listening to so much different music now, almost all of which isn’t what you could remotely call prog. That brings a whole different dynamic to the table when we write and record. It has been twenty years, after all...”

Sean Godfrey

Sean takes up the tale. “This has as much to do with music as it has with unfinished business, and I mean that in the most positive sense! We were both approached by other members of the original band to see if there would be anything worth doing again after all this time, and we thought it would be a great idea. Unfortunately, nothing ever came of those plans, but we’ve decided to get on and do it ourselves. It’s been really liberating to just get on and do it and the whole idea of it being such an open working environment has really helped spark some great new ideas. It’s like all the bets are off and we can just do what the hell we like. Within reason, hopefully...”

Sean and Mark have already started informally chatting to a few other prog luminaries and some artists from way outside the field with a view to some guest spots on the new album, so keep an eye out for news of some surprises along the way. It would seem that Mark and Sean certainly have some interesting plans afoot for their new recordings...