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Penniless South London band The Lazarus Plot were so hard up earlier this year that they resorted to selling all of their musical instruments on the online auction site eBay, in order to raise funds to pay for the recording of their debut single.

Although the band have over 8,000 fans on its mailing list and have attracted plenty of industry interest, the four-piece from Clapham had run out of money needed to pay for vital recording studio costs. Faced with a stark choice between selling their beloved instruments or splitting up, the band decided to part with two electric guitars, an amplifier, a drum kit, a bass guitar and keyboard, raising over £5000 in the process but leaving the band with nothing to play.

Although they are still without instruments, The Lazarus Plot may well be having the last laugh however as the band has since been signed by independent label Illuminated Music on the strength of the recording made with the money raised from the instrument sale. The band releases its debut single ‘Doesn’t Change A Thing’ on i-Tunes on June 18th.

Hoping to recoup enough money to buy some new gear, lead singer and songwriter Daniel Batchelor says: “It was undoubtedly a risky decision to sell everything we had and in many ways it has hindered the band as we’ve been unable to rehearse or write properly for the last few months. We’ve also had to beg, borrow and steal anything we could for the recordings which was interesting to say the least. We hope to sell enough copies of the single to take our songs on the road, although we’ll have to buy some new equipment first obviously!”

Formed after a chance meeting in a South London pub, The Lazarus Plot have managed to create their own unique sound borne from a mesh of truly diverse artists such as Massive Attack, World Party, The Divine Comedy, DJ Shadow and even Duran Duran. Despite this fusion of contrasting influences there is something reassuringly familiar about the band's marriage of brooding, introspective lyrics with soaring, haunting melodies.

Described last year by The Sun as ‘one to watch’, ‘Doesn’t Change A Thing’ is available for pre-release ordering now at and

Fans can also pre-order the single via their mobile phone by texting PLOT to 82822. This service costs £1.50 + normal network charge for one SMS message.


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