The Cravats + The Bitter Springs

Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough.

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The Cravats are a punk rock band originally from Redditch, England, founded in 1977 by Robin Dallaway (vocals, guitar) and The Shend (bass, vocals). Further members were Svor Naan (real name Richard London) (saxophone) and Dave Bennett (drums).

The first single from the Cravats was the self-financed “Gordon”, released in 1978. On 31 July 1979 they recorded their first session for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1. Soon after they received a recording contract with Small Wonder Records. Three further Peel Sessions followed on 6 October 1980, 18 August 1981 and 15 November 1982.

The band had a rest in 1982, with Dallaway and The Shend forming The Very Things, as well as DCL Lococmotive and The Babymen.

The Cravats original members The Shend and Svor Naan put together a ‘live ensemble’ for the Rebellion Punk Festival in August 2009/2010.[2]The Cravats live ensemble have continued to play live with gigs in Dublin, London and a further appearance at Rebellion in August 2011. They will also be performing at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Holland in September and are special Guests of Steve Ignorant (Crass) at the final ‘Last Supper’ show on November 19th at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.

A CD reissue of their first LP, ‘The Cravats In Toytown’ is planned for August 2012 which will be accompanied by a CD featuring a complete remoulding of the original ‘In Toytown’ 8 track masters by Penny Rimbaud (Crass).

In 2016 The Cravats release their first new material in more than 30 years with a two track 7″ ‘Jingo Bells’ and ‘Batter House’ followed by another 7″ ‘Bigband’ and ‘Blurred’. Their latest album ‘Dustbin of Sound’ was released in Autumn 2017 on Overground Records.


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"The Cravats are one of the greatest bands in the history of music" - HENRY ROLLINS

"The Cravats are vicious in their intent, yet relaxed taste abounds" - MARK E. SMITH

"Whenever I start to feel important, I think 'well, I never did much for The Cravats and I didn't stop Toyah" - JOHN PEEL

"I still have every Cravats record I know of" - JELLO BIAFRA

"I have been a big (110 pound) Cravats fan for a long time" - STEVE ALBINI



The Bitter Springs are one of the most enduring and unpredictable independent rock groups this country (England) has ever produced,
much preferring to go unnoticed rather than be diluted by compromise

Working in the stubborn single minded tradition of groups like Dexy’s Midnight runners, The Fall and The Smiths always prepared go
where the Song takes them

They hail from the London suburbs of Hampton and Teddington
Which is often reflected in the songs?

The band evolved from Last Party, who had formed in 1982 and eventually created their own Harvey records label and enjoyed cult success
with 2 Albums and countless singles and ep’s, among them melody maker and NME singles of the week and
2 very influential John Peel sessions

They changed their name in 1996 to The Bitter Springs and on their debut LP From the Parish of Arthritis even managed to coax Vic Godard
out of retirement for a country duet with Simon  

Always changing musical styles from one song to the next, the only constant being the distinctive voice and lyrics of Simon Rivers,
who is often cited as one of England’s finest wordsmiths

‘’arguably the greatest British lyricist of the last 30 years’’  Tony Naylor (observer /guardian)
The band played the Tanned Tin festival in Spain on Jan the 27th 2011 with Faust and Thurston Moore -
proud of having never played the same live set twice
every gig is a Unique and memorable night

Other notable Spanish outings have been to Frontera Circulo in Madrid and
the Primavera Festival in Barcelona in 2011 with Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern

They have continued to release many more singles and albums to date (always receiving great acclaim and accolades).

As well as 2 NME singles of the week, they’ve had A Mojo album of the month and even appeared in a
‘great lost albums’ feature in of all places ...Vogue magazine

The Band released 5 very different singles in 2010/11:

All appearing on their 7th album the Double CD

Everyone’s Cup of Tea (Harvey CD004)
Relased on 11 February 2013 (Cargo/Acuarela) 

26 songs across 2 CD’S
CD1 featuring some great trumpet and sax from Terry Edwards (Tindersticks ,Robyn Hitchcock, scapegoats)
Holy Joy’s Johny Brown Guests as the Birdman of Wormwood Scrubs on the epic 'Don’t write a song about it.'
and Julian Wilson (Grand Drive) plays his beautiful Hammond on the bands update of Jim Fords Harry Hippy

CD 2 has a more electronic/acoustic feel and along with the 4 part album Diary that is POWERLESS
You’ll find the Band adopting other lovely Ollie Cherer (Dollboy) Instrumentals and giving them words from the house of Springs

‘’Fucking glorious bittersweet iridescent shining glowing
Inspirational pop music’"

-Everett True-

‘’Shane MacGowan trading lines with Ian Dury and Jarvis Cocker’"

‘’A compelling tragic-comic world that’s part Steptoe and son part Joe Orton"

‘’Electrifying and life affirming’’
-Pennyblack music-

’Such raw Emotion will make your heart explode’’
-Morning Star-

"as truculent as The Fall with song's as fine as Felt's"