The punk revival is happening and it’s coming to Stockton’s Georgian Theatre; so dust down your leather jacket and dig out your 18 hole DMs and make way for The Members and special guests.
Having formed in Camberley in Surrey in 1976, the band remained active until 1983 during which time they released three albums and eight singles. But it was their second single, ‘Sounds of the Suburbs’, released in 1979, that gave them chart success – and it’s still the song they are most remembered for.
Not a band to pick one sound and stick with it, they take in a range of musical genres with the more raw sounding punk of songs like ‘Sounds of the Suburbs’ and ‘Solitary Confinement’ and crossing over into the world of two-tone and ska with the song ‘Offshore Banking Business’. There’s even a bit of funk in the mix too – take their song ‘Radio’ for example – while their 2015 release ‘(I Love My) English Girls’ has a much more jangly rock feel about it.
Following their split in 1983, the band reunited in 2007 at London’s The Inn on the Green and resumed touring duties in 2008. Since then, they have gone on to play Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festival, have toured the US and have released three more studio albums.
Line-up changes have been customary over the years with the current line-up featuring JC Carroll (guitar/vocals) and Chris Payne (bass/vocals) hailing from their early 70’s incarnation.
The bill features a full line of punk bands spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s with Glasgow’s 4 Past Midnight alongside Snide Remarks and Boilermaker.
Tickets are priced £10.00 and are available from georgiantheatre.co.uk.