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The Vibrators / TV Smith / Those F**king Snowflakes

Saturday, 30 May 2020 - 8:00pm



With a career lasting over forty years, vocalist/guitarist Ian "Knox" Carnochan, bassist Pat Collier, guitarist John Ellis and drummer Eddie originally formed The Vibrators in February 1976, and their first gig was supporting The Stranglers at Hornsey Art College in North London. They supported the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club and were one of the bands playing at the now-legendary 100 Club Punk Rock Festival, where as well as doing their own set they supported guitar hero Chris Spedding.
Chris recommended the band to his then record company, RAK. The band's debut single "We Vibrate" came out in November (one of the first punk singles) and was followed two weeks later by Chris Spedding's "Pogo Dancing" single with The Vibrators as the band on that. Early in 1977 the band supported Iggy Pop (with David Bowie on keyboards!) on a UK tour, then moved to Epic Records and released the classic "Baby Baby" single, followed by their first album Pure Mania which spent five weeks in the UK Top 75, peaking at number 49.
A second single from the album - but a live version - "London Girls", came out in the summer of 1977 and was promoted by a tour supporting ex-Mott the Hoople mainman Ian Hunter. Bassist Pat Collier left soon after and was replaced by Gary Tibbs. The band released the single "Automatic Lover" (March 1978), which not only reached 35 in the charts but also got the band on Top of the Pops. A second LP, V2 was released in April and reached number 33 in the British Charts, and is still regarded today as one of New Wave's finest moments. After a split or two and a few personnel changes, the original line up reformed in mid 1982. 
In their long career The Vibrators have toured with the likes of Iggy Pop, Ian Hunter, The Flaming Groovies, and Die Toten Hosen, and have had their songs covered by The Exploited, UK Subs, GBH, REM, and Die Toten Hosen, to name but a few. Now the band celebrate over forty years of making records and touring heavily.
Get ready for PURE MANIA!



TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for The Adverts, who formed in late 1976, and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock.
In early 1977, they performed regularly at the newly-opened Roxy Club in London, and gained cult success with the Stiff Records single "One Chord Wonders." Their next release, "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" became a hit record, leading to many radio and TV appearances and extensive media interest. A further single, “No Time To Be 21,” also entered the charts, and the band spent the rest of the year playing live, including major tours with The Damned and Iggy Pop. The album that followed in early 1978; Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts, is still considered a genuine classic of the era and is often cited as one of the twenty best punk albums ever released.
The Adverts released one further album, “Cast Of Thousands,” before their split in 1979. Slammed by the critics at the time, the album was re-released recently on Fire Records to universal acclaim, and described by Mojo magazine as “the long lost punk album that rivals The Clash’s ‘London Calling’.”
Immediately after the break up, TV formed TV Smith's Explorers, who achieved a U.K. hit in 1980 with the single “Tomahawk Cruise” and released one album, “Last Words Of The Great Explorer” a year later. Lack of commercial success led to the band being dropped by their record label and their subsequent split. TV re-entered the live arena in 1986 with Cheap, before performing his first gigs as a solo artist in the early ’90’s. He has gone on to release a succession of critically-acclaimed albums, including “March Of The Giants” (1992), “Immortal Rich” (1995), “Generation Y” (1999), “Not A Bad Day” (2003), “Misinformation Overload” (2006), “In The Arms Of My Enemy” (2008), and “Coming In To Land” (2011). He has also been involved in a number of collaborations with other bands, most notably with German superstars Die Toten Hosen, who performed as TV’s backing band on the album “Useless.”
At the request of his fans, in 2013 TV released “The Acoustic Sessions,” an album of solo performances, recorded live in the studio with renowned producer Jon Caffery. Vive Le Rock magazine called it “an album that sits alongside the Angry Brigade output of Pete Townsend, Roger Waters and Lou Reed, but hits you with the wallop of bare knuckle punk.”  Late 2014 saw the release of a new TV Smith album entitled “I Delete," his sixteenth as a solo artist, which has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike. 
Fiercely independent and determinedly embodying the original spirit of punk rock, TV continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences. Remarkably, he plays his concerts without a setlist and every performance contains a different selection of songs chosen on the night. He plays more than 120 gigs a year and has performed all over Europe, as well as the USA, Japan, Australia, South America, Russia – and even Heligoland.
A full-length BBC 4 documentary on TV Smith titled “We Who Wait: TV Smith & The Adverts” is still available for viewing on YouTube. 
Those F**ing Snowflakes are a vibrant clash of political punk, hardcore rock and math rock, a band formed as a means to scream the dread and  horror faced in these confusing times of our modern society. From the  current mess of the UK political system to the intolerance of, well, everything. From race and gender to such simple items as Greggs  releasing a Vegan Sausage Roll, the band are shouting about it backed  with a tight unique sound and occasional off kilter humour.
Debut song ‘Stop Being Dickheads To Each Other’ was released in October which quickly gained a massive amount of  support from Tom Robinson at BBC 6music. Tom fought hard to get an  otherwise ‘unsuitable for radio’ band onto the airwaves via 6music. He  even invited them down to the BBC Introducing Festival to do a quick  guest spot with Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods during his panel. More on their Facebook
Be here for THE VIBRATORS / TV SMITH plus special guests THOSE F**KING SNOWFLAKES Saturday 30th May 2020! 


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In person from The Continental & Action Records later this week.