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The Drones / The Pink Torpedoes / The Awkwards

Saturday, 27 June 2020 - 8:00pm
 
LEGENDARY 1976 MANCHESTER PUNK BAND THE DRONES .
 
 
The Drones started out in the Manchester area in 1974 as a Glam Rock outfit called Rockslide, releasing a lone single 'Jump Bump Boogaloo' / 'Roller Coaster' in October 1975, before reinventing themselves as a punk rock band the following year. The Drones then relocated to London and became one of the pioneering punk bands that performed in the first few months of the now-legendary Roxy Club.
 
 
They supported The Vibrators in January 1977, headlined in February, and supported X-Ray Spex and Chelsea in March. Later that year they supported The Stranglers on a full UK tour, and appeared on two influential early punk compilation albums 'Streets' and 'Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus'. Their debut EP, 'Temptations of a White Collar Worker' (1977), was described by one reviewer as "classic dole-queue punk." In October 1977, their second single, 'Just Wanna Be Myself' / 'Bone Idol', was released, and on 6th December they recorded a session at Maida Vale 4 studio for John Peel. Later that month, they released their debut album on Valer Records, 'Further Temptations', produced by Simon Humphrey, and now regarded by many as a punk classic.
 
 
Wispa, of course, continues to lead the band, play bass and sing. The Drones now are Wispa.....Wispa is the Drones! The new drummer is Brain Grantham, "Mad Muffet" from Slaughter & the Dogs, the new lead guitarist is Al Crosby, who also plays in Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds with.....Brian Grantham! Al & Brian are old collaborators, having played together in the early 90s Manchester street punk band Born Idle who played with Sham 69, The Damned, UK Subs, Jayne County and many others, including a certain date at the Manchester Star & Garter supporting.....The Drones!
 
Expect crushing punk rock, tireless rock 'n' roll rhythms kicked apart by snarling, subversive, yet clever vocals. Expect naggingly compulsive, in your face songs that speak about truth, modern Britain and flagrant urgent issues!
 
THE PINK TORPEDOES
There have been plenty of changes to The Pink Torpedoes' line-up over the years but they've stood the test of time since the eighties!  With Tommy Couch (One Way System) on drums, Keith Halliday on bass and lead vocals, Guy Woodhall on lead guitar... and now with added Craig Halliday back singing a few new numbers. 
 
THE AWKWARDS
Seasoned gigging punk band from Blackpool! Members have played Rebellion festival numerous times and even at the top of Blackpool Tower! 
 
THE DRONES, THE PINK TORPEDOES and THE AWKWARDS are at The Continental on Saturday 27th June! Doors are at 8pm. 
 
Tickets are £10 from 
See Tickets      Skiddle     WeGotTickets 
 
In person from The Continental & Action Records from next week. 

 

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