Live Dates

2018
POLAND
16 June Tauron Life festival, Oswiecim Tickets
UK
6 July Summer Picnic Concerts, Hampton Pool SOLD OUT!
FRANCE
8 July Festival Les Deferlantes, Argeles Sur Mer Tickets
10 July Le Mas Des Escaravatiers festival, Puget sur Argens Tickets
12 July Musilac festival, Aix Les Bains Tickets
UK
21 July Splendour festival, Nottingham Tickets
29 July Lunar festival, Tanworth in Arden Tickets
FRANCE
10 August Festival aux Champs, Chanteix Tickets
SERBIA
16 August Belgrade Beer Festival, Belgrade FREE GIG!
FRANCE
28 August Estival de Trelaze, Trelaze FREE GIG!
UK
23 Sept Looe Music Festival, Cornwall Tickets
ISRAEL
16 Oct Barby Club, Tel Aviv Tickets
History

40th anniversary of 1977 - part 2

For the second part of this article, we focus on the latter part of 1977, the period July to December. The first half of the year had firmly established the band in the vanguard of the Punk and new wave explosion, the second half of the year further cemented their position, both as a chart act but also on the live stage. So, let us take you back to the heady days

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40th anniversary of 1977 - part 1

1977 was a huge year for the band and 2017 marks the fortieth anniversary of that ground-breaking year. It was the year that they went from a relatively unkown ‘Punk’ band from Guildford to a top ten charting, household name. In this chronological diary, we chart what the band were doing forty years ago in the corresponding week back in ’77. This first article details January to end of June 1977, a

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Forty years of the Finchley Boys

Forty years ago, on 14th November 1976,  a Guildford based band, who were being swept along with the new wave explosion, played yet another inauspicious pub gig on the London circuit. They were veritable veterans of the Capital’s pub rock treadmill and, for them, nothing about this specific gig at the Torrington in Finchley made it stand out from the numerous other such concerts that they’d played

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'The Challenge'- JJ and the bathtub race

Exactly thirty years ago, JJ led an intrepid group of fans across the Channel to Nice to take part in a bathtub race in the sea off the French Riviera. The event was the culmination of months of planning, design and test sailings of the bathtub based craft. One of the main ‘Challengers’, Paul Jenner (or Peejay to his friends) picks up the story… 

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Behold Aural Sculpture!

Following their Epic debut Feline, the band started work on tracks for the follow up album early in 1984. An initial batch of demos was presented to Epic by the band and, disappointed with what they heard, the record company suggested drafting in producer Laurie Latham to help develop the tracks. We have enlisted Dave & JJ’s help with recalling that period thirty years ago…

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The Raven in retrospect

Exactly 35 years ago today, the band unleashed their fourth studio album The Raven a full sixteen months after the release of Black and White. Whilst it was an unprecedented gap in recording after the quickfire trio of studio releases Rattus, Heroes & B&W in just over a year, the band hadn’t been inactive. The release of a live album Live (X Certs) in February 1979 served to mark

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Early ally-Brian Crook interview

Brian Crook  and JJ met on their first day at Primary school and the pair have remained close friends to this day.

When JJ joined Hugh and Jet in Guildford, Brian (shown right) spent a lot of time with the band, both at home and their gigs. Desperately in need of someone to assist with the general day to day running of the band, Brian volunteered to become their

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The band & the BBC-the 'Rock Goes To College' incident

It will soon be the 35th anniversary of what proved to be a turning point in the band’s relationship with the media and the mighty BBC in particular. Following six months of solid gigging in support of their third studio album Black and White, which included their first major European & US itineraries and some high profile British dates, the band had been approached by the BBC

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The birth of Strangled-Tony Moon interview

The punk explosion in Britain in the late 70s saw the creation of a whole new, do-it-yourself ethic in the youth of the time. Many got involved, forming bands, opening venues, designing clothes, setting up small record companies or starting ‘fanzines’. One such punk convert was Tony Moon from South East London who, inspired & excited by the new movement, decided to get creative. 

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Black and White becomes...Iceland '78

Following a hugely successful year and the release of Rattus & Heroes, the band decamped to Bear Shank Lodge near Oundle to begin writing their third album in the winter of ’77. With recording completed at TW Studios and mixing finished with Martin Rushent during their visit to the US in Spring ’78, the band were ready to release their new studio album Black and White in May ’78.

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