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999 / Klammer / Fighting

Friday, 18 March 2016 - 8:00pm
 
Back at the Conti for 2016! One of the original legendary punk bands from the summer of '77 ... and still angry after all these years!
 
Nick Cash - Guitar/Vocals
Pablo Labritain - Drums
Guy Days - Guitar/Vocals
Arturo Bassick - Bass/Vocals
 
In London, on Sunday 5th December 1976, Nick Cash (guitar & vocals), Guy Days (guitar & vocals), Jon Watson (bass) and Pablo LaBritain (drums & percussions) started to play together. The first gig was 22.1.1977 and their band was called The Dials at that time. Soon the changed their name to 48 Hours (Nick Cash was called Gene Carsons at that time), and after that the name was The Fanatics, and finally 999. As trivia: Nick did play in early 70's in Kilburn & the High Roads, which is known as Ian Dury's first band - Nick left the Kilburns 17.6.75. Soon 999 established it's name as an excellent live act in London punk-circuit and played often at places like Nashville, Roxy, Vortex, etc., issuing their incendiary debut single "I'm Alive" on their own Labritain Records in late 1977.
 
 
The single won the quartet a deal with United Artists, which issued both "Nasty Nasty" and "Emergency" in 1978; an eponymously titled LP debut, produced by Andy Arthurs, followed later in the year. For their second album, 1978's Separates, 999 enlisted producer Martin Rushent, resulting in a more polished, mainstream veneer for material like the near-hit "Homicide" and "High Energy Plan". After Pablo suffered injuries in a car accident, drummer Ed Case was brought in to pick up the slack for a major U.S. tour preceding the release of 1980's The Biggest Prize in Sport; issued a short time later, The Biggest Tour in Sport EP collected material recorded live during the group's American dates.
 
 
A healthy Pablo rejoined 999 full-time for 1981's Concrete, an album buffered by covers of "Li'l Red Riding Hood" and "Fortune Teller". 1983's 13th Floor Madness was universally panned for its disco-like grooves, although 1985's self-released Face to Face was acclaimed as a melodic return to form. At the end of the year, Jon Watson exited the group's ranks and was replaced by bassist Danny Palmer in time to record 1987's Lust, Power and Money, a live set cut in London. Danny was subsequently replace by Arturo Brassick in 1991.
 

 

KLAMMER

 

 

Post-punk is definitely alive and well in Leeds, thanks to KLAMMER. You could be forgiven for thinking that you had been teleported back to 1970s due to the echoes of Gang of Four and Wire that permeate the quartet’s sound but KLAMMER are no tribute band.  
 
Listen to the catchy funky punching drum rhythms of tracks such as The Heat collide with gravelly guitar rumbles, pedal fuzz and brooding spoken vocals of Evolve, amidst art-rock teases in Rising to see for yourself that this is a band that is not only unafraid of experimentation-but is able to do it well.
 

 

It’s not surprising then that they have already wrangled supporting slots for bands such as Art Brut, 999, The Membranes and Department S and have been played on BBC Radio. This year also sees them tour with Richie Ramone
 
FIGHTING 
 
 
The night's proceedings kick off with a very loud bang when these Preston post-punk popsters take to the stage. Influences include Death From Above 1979, Gang of Four, Sleater-Kinne, Mclusky, The Rakes, and Rocket From the Crypt.
 
 

999 plus Klammer & Fighting hit The Continental on Friday 18th March 2016. Doors open 8pm. 

 

Tickets are £10 and are available online NOW from SEE Tickets, WeGotTickets & Skiddle

 

In person from the venue (01772 499 425) and Action Records (01772 884 772) 

 

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