England, 1978… the Punk Rock explosion had enveloped the country. In Derby, anti-
Surprisingly, the line-
None of this had gone unnoticed by executives of Rondolet Records, who signed the
band up and speedily released the single Let them Free. This was closely followed
by Six Guns and the album The Last Call which reached thirty-
It was at this time anti-
It all went quiet on the anti-
2012 arrived with an offer to play the much celebrated Rebellion Festival and Roper, Nixon and Ollie Hoon joined together again this time without the involvement of Will Hoon and Dougie Bell inviting Ben Hanson to take up bass duties. Hanson brought his own brand of musicality to the instrument, complemented by anthemic song writing skills, displayed clearly in I See Red. Hoon and Nixon retaliated with Viva Che, and a new dynamic was born.
After the huge success of Rebellion, the venture began to flourish, with a UK tour
and selected European dates going down a storm. A demo was recorded and the proposal
of making an album was broached. All four members decided to go with the idea and
the song writing triumvirate of Hoon-
The remaining three musicians were left with a dilemma. A ten date American tour
was cancelled as were high profile UK dates, but with an album’s worth of material
written (given a working title of We See Red) the people’s band went to the people
for inspiration. The people (THAT’S YOU READING THIS) decided that anti-
The new look band performed at festivals across Europe, toured Germany and recorded the long awaited third album RISE UP which was released by Westworld Recordings to universal acclaim.
A week before the album launch the band parted company with the latest vocalist forcing the cancellation of some high profile UK dates. Martin Roper offered his services to fulfil commitments in Belgium and Paris but then disaster struck when drummer Kevin Nixon underwent hand surgery, again forcing the band to withdraw from the live circuit. During this period Roper quietly retired once more.
We’ll be in a town or at a festival near you in 2018, new recordings can be expected too.