Legendary UK post-punk sax-inflected surrealists The Cravats are back with their first new album since the early ‘80s. They were early favorites of legendary BBC DJ John Peel (they recorded four sessions) and released music for beloved UK indie labels like Small Wonder and Crass Records. They sound as madcap, adrenalized and inventive as ever. Nobody sounds quite like The Cravats.
Formed in Redditch, England in 1977, these dada fueled, Jazz-Punk colossals soon became firm John Peel favourites with their unique brand of sax-riddled, bass-laced punk weirdness, doing four sessions for the great man and releasing numerous records on Small Wonder, Crass, Glass and Corpus Christi between 1978 and 1985, as well as, ‘Séance’, a collaborative single with Paul Hartnoll of Orbital in 2006.
Applauded by such luminaries as Mark E. Smith, Jello Biafra, Steve Albini, Mike Patton and Henry Rollins amongst others, the band reformed in 2009 in order to play select shows in the UK and abroad and have since performed at the UK’s Rebellion Festival five years running, played as special guests of Steve Ignorant at the final Crass - Last Supper show at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire as well as the Steve Albini-curated ATP, the critically acclaimed Incubate Festival in Holland, the Unpleasant Meeting Festival, Paris and have recently supported Sleaford Mods amongst others.
After two critically acclaimed 7" singles (“Jingo Bells” & “Blurred”) released in 2016 on Overground Records, the band have recorded a new album (the first in 35 years) called 'Dustbin of Sound' which is released on Sept 29th on all formats through Overground Records.
The band features founder and vocalist The Shend as well as legendary original Cravats saxman Svor Naan along with Viscount Biscuits on guitar, Joe 91 on bass and Rampton Garstang on drums. Oscillator wiz Simeone Cox of the legendary Silver Apples guests on “Motorcycle Man”.
The band released two double CD retrospectives in recent years on Overground Records, the 32 track 'Land of The Giants' compilation and the band's first LP from 1978 plus all their Small Wonder singles on the 'The Cravats In Toytown' CD which includes a bonus disc of the original 8-track master tapes re-imagined by legendary Crass mainman Penny Rimbaud.
Folk Devils made a considerable impact on the UK music scene in the mid-80s with a run of indie chart singles and three John Peel sessions, several of which have been repeated recently by Marc Riley and Gideon Coe on 6 Music.
They recently re-issued their entire recorded output as “Beautiful Monsters” (Singles & Demo Recordings 1984-86) on the boutique label Optic Nerve, which got amazing reviews in the UK press and 4 spins on BBC6 Music. To celebrate the release, the band have done several re-union shows around the UK with like-minded bands The Inca Babies and The Membranes. John Robb from Louder Than War in his review of Preston wrote…
“Folk Devils recently returned with their punk blues sounding fully intact. Even without charismatic frontman Ian Lowery who died a long time back the band are still hypnotic. They know how to strip down the mess of blues and leave plenty of space and dynamic for their seething and tense songs that are full of the colliding riffs switching with the taut build ups that were so much part of that micro scene they ran parallel with of the Gun Club and the Birthday Party. They used to say there were no second acts in rock n roll but the Folk Devils are still further proof that age and experience can make the music even more urgent and vital and their powerful melee sounds more vital and urgent now than it did way back in the day of John Peel”
“Folk Devils gigged (and lived) hard, establishing a fearsome live reputation while sharing stages with Nick Cave and Spacemen 3” – RECORD COLLECTOR
“Folk Devils were a staple of John Peel’s legendary radio show in the mid-80s...twisting ancient blues and rockabilly riffs into hot-wired post-punk” – LOUDER THAN WAR
“Folk Devils took a torn leaf from swamp delta blues and married it to a measured Fall-like frenzy” – VIVE LE ROCK
“This excellent, feral compilation draws together on CD and vinyl their first three singles and B- sides plus eight previously unreleased demos” – UNCUT
Plus - Otalgia
Formed in 1985 as The Mist, became Black Mist and finally Otalgia (the medical term for earache), the 2 headed pop noise merchants from Wales are noise meets C86 twee in a buzzsaw of twisted tunes!
Tickets - £8.00 in advance/£10.00 on the door from http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/?/180405THUCRAV1