Folk Devils Inca Babies Eton Crop Year of Birds
Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough.
PEEL REGENERATED 4 (11 Peel sessions between the Folk Devils, Inca Babies & Eton Crop).
Named after Stanley Cohen’s book on youth subcultures “Folk Devils and Moral Panics”, this highly underrated British band was as far as one could get from ‘folk music’ at the time. They were formed by Ian Lowery (formerly of The Wall and Ski Patrol) in late 1983 with a line up that consisted of Mark Whiteley (Bass), Kris Jozajtis (Guitar) and Alan Cole (Drums). Throughout their short lifespan, the band released several acclaimed independent singles including “Hank Turns Blue”, “Beautiful Monster”, 1985’s “Fire And Chrome” EP, and recorded three sessions for BBC Radio’s John Peel Show. The band was short-lived yet burned brightly for two years and was very active on the UK live scene sharing bills with Nick Cave, The Gun Club, The Fall and Spacemen 3. The Gun Club are an apt reference point for the Folk Devils sound, intense bluesy punk with a touch of 'billy. Sadly, Ian Lowery passed away in 2001, age 45.
Now some 30 years later, Kris and Mark decided to reform for a handful of shows to celebrate the recent release of their recorded works anthology “Beautiful Monsters” (Singles & Demo Recordings 1984-86) by Optic Nerve and to honour the memory of their friend and former frontman. They are joined by John Hamilton (who played drums in a second incarnation of Folk Devils from 1986-87) and Dave Hodgson on vocals, former singer for post-punk band Parting Shots. We're privileged to have secured one of these shows for Peel Regenerated which is set to take place on Saturday, 28th October, 2017.
The Inca Babies
Inca Babies were formed in Manchester’s infamous Hulme district in 1982 by Bill Marten (bass) and Harry Stafford (guitar, later vocals). Their music was a raunchy Death Ray twang from a punk-trash, Americana perspective. Radio 1 DJ John Peel and his producer John Walters heard the Inca's first single The Interior and offered them a session. It was to be the first of four they did for Radio 1 between 1984-87. With two number one slots in the Indie single chart and a top 5 album, Rumble, the Incas soon began to find an audience abroad. Tours of mainland Europe included Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria and Scandinavia. Three further albums (This Train, Opium Den and Evil Hour) and six more singles were released. During this time popularity was not a problem but keeping personnel was, and while singers and drummers came and went, Bill and Harry, the backbone of the band who played every gig and appeared on every record, struggled to keep the integrity of the band alive. The end came when there were no more singers and no more drummers. By the late 80s acid clubbers raved through the night and there was no place for the Incas. But by this time they’d joined them anyway. But then in 2006 came the ’Best of’ compilation Plutonium, and the band reformed in 2007 with Gold Blade drummer Rob Haynes the new occupant of the drum kit. Gigs at home and abroad followed and a new album was midway through being written when the band were hit with the shocking news of the death of bassist Bill Marten. The band was put on hold while they came to terms with this loss, but it was eventually decided to keep Bill's legacy alive by continuing and finishing off the album they had started writing. Their old friend and former A Witness bass player Vince Hunt joined and made his live debut in Warsaw, Poland in late 2008. The album Death Message Blues was released in October 2010, and their first single for 25 years, My Sick Suburb, was released on 7" blue vinyl in April 2012, followed by the album Deep Dark Blue later that year. For Record Store Day 2014, the band released the 4 track 12" EP Scatter on clear vinyl. The most recent album The Stereo Plan was released in September 2014.
Eton Crop were an indie band formed in 1979 in Nieuwkoop, Netherlands, and released a total of 12 singles and four albums over the next 15 years. Frequent visitors to the UK, they toured with many of the "pre-C86" groups like The Membranes and The Three Johns, the latter with whom they shared a not too dissimilar musical approach. While many groups from that era downed tools towards the end of the decade, Eton Crop battled on into the mid-nineties, their last full length album, Get Real!, appearing (on cd) in 1992, eventually bowing out in 1994 with the 4 track ep Everybody. The band later changed their name to the E.C. Groove Society and started producing techno music until 2003. Recently the band reformed under Eton Crop and performed in Stockton on Tees, UK at the Peel Regenerated Festival in 2014.
Local bands Pellethead & Year of Birds have all been added to the line-up.