The Outcasts The Filth Hot Rockets

Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough.

Parking for eight vehicles within the confines of the club

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GENERAL ADMISSION £11.00 (£10.00)

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In early 1977, a band of brothers became just that: a band. Sick of not being allowed into clubs – and getting barred from five in one week – because of the way they looked, three brothers and a few friends became a clique known as The Outcasts. Within months, they were one of the hottest bands on the emerging Belfast punk scene and were regulars at the famous Harp Bar.

The band played their first gig in May 1977, playing a mixture of their own songs and cover versions of songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned and The Ramones. After building a strong local following, they were picked up by the local It record label, who released the band's debut single, "Frustration", in May 1978. They were then signed to Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations label, who released "Just Another Teenage Rebel" in November 1978, which saw the band receiving airplay on national radio from John Peel. A further single and the band's debut album, Self Conscious Over You followed in 1979. Shortly before the album was released, Greg Cowan was involved in a serious car crash that left him in traction for fourteen weeks and unable to play bass, so Gordy Blair (of another Belfast band, Rudi) joined, with Raymond Falls also joining on drums, because, according to Cowan, "Colin was such a bad drummer". Trouble followed the band around, and this led to them being sacked from Good Vibrations, so their next release was on their own GBH label in 1981, the "Magnum Force" single. This was followed by the band's first Peel Session for BBC Radio 1. GBH became Outcasts Only, and their next releases was the Programme Love EP in 1981. In 1982 they released a cover of The Glitter Band's "Angel Face", which spent over two months in the UK Indie Chart, peaking at number 21.

The band were then struck a massive blow when Colin Cowan was killed in a car crash. Colin was described by his brother Greg as "the core of the band. He started The Outcasts, he even gave the band its name". The large attendance at Colin's funeral prompted the band to play a thankyou gig at the Harp Bar, and the positive reaction convinced the band that they should carry on. They recorded a second Peel session and released the Blood and Thunder album on Abstract Records in 1982, which reached number 20 in the indie album chart. A few more singles on the French New Rose label followed and the Seven Deadly Sins mini-album followed, but the band split up in early 1985. Greg Cowan, Martin and Getty started a new band, Time To Pray, but this only lasted until 1986. Ray Falls joined the army

The Outcasts reformed in 2011, without Colin on drums, to play Rebellion Festival in England. This was the beginning of the new chapter for the two remaining brothers and their two new fellows. The Outcasts are featured in the critically acclaimed and BAFTA nominated movie, Good Vibrations and in an Arte documentary [a popular art TV series made in France], which was shown in 2014 in France, Belgium and Germany; also a number of compilation and live albums have been released, and they have been touring constantly again in the UK, Ireland and across Europe.
In 2019 The Outcasts just released a 4 track EP on vinyl (5 tracks on cd) of new material for the US Record Label Violator Records. Also a double gatefold album of all their singles plus some sessions and live recordings was released by another US Record Label based in Japan.

A band that still wants it and gets it. Great to watch live with probably their best years still ahead of them, this band is a legend and a true punk rock unit that wont retire any time soon.
The current line up of the band consists of Originals Greg Cowan on bass and vocals and Martin Cowan on guitar; Petesy Burns on guitar and JP 'Dear Boy Moonie' on drums are the newbies.

Vintage Teesside punks The Filth of 'Rise of the Mods' fame and Whitby's Hot Rockets provide the support.