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'Twang Club Peel': The Primitives, The Lovely Eggs + more

Saturday, 26 October 2013 - 3:00pm
 
This all-dayer celebrates both John Peel Day and Preston's mid- 80s indie venue The Twang Club, which regularly featured live sets from bands who'd been given air-time by Peel. Two bands who played the Twang Club - Yeah Yeah Noh and The Nightingales - are on the bill as well as The Primitives, The Lovely Eggs, the Wolfhounds and a host of others who reflect the sound of the UK 80s underground. Special guests are two much-loved Preston acts from the early 90s, Big Red Bus and Dreamland, who are both reforming to play this event. 
 
 
There are two stages, one in The Continental and the other in the Pavilion Cafe, next door in Avenham Park. 
 
Wristbands will be available from The Continental from 1pm on the day, and doors will open at 3pm in The Continental and 5pm in the Pavilion Cafe. Set times will be staggered between the venues, and a schedule will be posted closer to the event. 
 
TIMINGS: 
 
Pavilion Café
4.45pm – 5.05pm   Howl in the Typewriter
5.35pm – 6.20pm   Vincent Black Lightning
7.00pm – 7.45pm   King Champion Sounds
8.30pm – 9.20pm Lovely Eggs
9.55pm – 10.15pm  Ted Chippington
10.20pm – 11.10pm  The Nightngales 
 
The Continental
 3.00pm – 3.30pm  Taser Puppets
4.00pm – 4.30pm Norweb
5.00pm  - 6.00pm  Forkeyes
6.30pm – 7.15 pm Big Red Bus
7.45pm – 8.30pm  Wolfhounds
9.00pm – 9.45pm  Yeah Yeah Noh
10.15 – 11.30pm The Primitives  
 

THE PRIMITIVES

Fronted by indiepop blonde bombshell Tracy Tracy, The Primitives emerged from the independent scene of the mid-80s that spawned The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, The Wedding Present and Primal Scream. Their sound distilled the shimmering guitar jangle of the Byrds, the buzzsaw style of The Ramones and 60's girl group melodies into two and a half minute pop gems. Regular session guests for John Peel, with many an appearance in his Festive Fifty, their career was boosted/hindered when Morrissey named them as one of his favourite bands.

 
A widely acclaimed first album, Lovely, made them the UK’s indie darlings, while the huge success of the single 'Crash' saw them cross over to a mass audience. Further chart success followed, along with two more studio albums, Pure and Galore, plus extensive tours of Europe and the US, before the band called it a day in 1992. 
 
 
The band were reunited in 2009 by the untimely passing of their original bass player Steve Dullaghan, reforming to play a show in his memory later that year in their home town of Coventry; their first show together for 17 years. Bolstered by its success they went on to tour the UK in April 2010, receiving a rapturous response, followed by a headline slot at the Indietracks festival and shows in the US and Europe.
 
 
In 2012 the Primitives released a new album, Echoes and Rhymes, and this Autumn they are touring extensively in support of the 20th anniversary deluxe reissue of Lovely.
 

THE LOVELY EGGS

 

 
Lancaster’s Lovely Eggs are an underground punk rock duo with a fierce punk rock ethos that music should have no rules. For Holly and David being in a band is a way of life. True to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times.
 
With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful stripped down sound: one vintage guitar amp, one Big Muff distortion pedal, a guitar and a drum kit.
 
 
In between non-stop touring, the Eggs have produced three albums: If You Were Fruit (Cherryade Records, 2009), Cob Dominos (Cherryade Records, 2011) and Wildlife (Egg Records, 2012), which featured the Gruff Rhys-produced single Allergies
 
The Lovely Eggs have become one of the buzz bands of the North West, delighting audiences at gigs and on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music. Following some time out to have a baby, the Eggs are back on the road playing amazing shows and we’re delighted to host them again at The Continental. 
 

YEAH YEAH NOH

 

 
Leicester's Yeah Yeah Noh only existed in their first incarnation from 1984 to 1986, but during that time established themselves as one of John Peel's all-time favourites. During this time, the band amazingly transformed themselves from basic Bert Weedon sarky skiffle to an accomplished pop-sike masterclass. A string of fantastic singles, both as ugly ducklings and graceful swans, and a solitary album Cutting the Heavenly Lawn of Greatness meant that Yeah Yeah Noh's return in 2012 was hotly anticipated by the cognoscenti. Illustrious performances at last year's Un-Peeled Manchester all-dayer and this year's Scared To Get Happy Festival in London encouraged Tuff Life Boogie to bring them back to Preston. Any locals who attended their last Twang Club show in 1985 will surely be back for more fun on the lawn of Avenham Park! 
 
 
"All clumsy indie bands realise that the past is there to be plundered. Giants in their field, Yeah Yeah Noh plundered, perfected and performed. Being the perfect pop group, their demise was inevitable." Neil Taylor, NME 1986, on Yeah Yeah Noh, 1984 date
 

THE WOLFHOUNDS

 

 
The Wolfhounds were Romford's representatives of the indie-pop boom of the mid 80s, signing to the hip Pink Label for debut single 'Cut The Cake'. An administrative error which relegated the far superior effort, 'L.A. Juice' to the B side set the template for their ill-fated career. Second single, 'Anti Midas Touch' was a masterpiece and would have been a massive hit had it been released 10 years later in Brit-pop's heyday, but in 1986 it was lost in the shuffle. 
 
 
After a brief flirtation with the majors, OK a subsidiary, for the 'Me' single fell on stony ground, the band regrouped with a new line-up and sealed their obscurity with a new uncompromising approach and a string of great records, culminating in 1990's final album, Blown Away, which was informed by the noise rock of Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine
 

THE NIGHTINGALES

 
 
If John Peel Sessions are the rock equivalent of England caps then Nightingales mainstay Rob Lloyd is in Bobby Moore territory, with only The Fall and The Wedding Present notching up more appearances on the great man’s radio show. Forming after the demise of Birmingham’s original punk group, The Prefects, The Nightingales recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles and albums during the 80s, sadly without much mainstream success. Following a spell out of the game, Lloyd regrouped The Nightingales in 2004 to pursue his uncompromising ‘man in the street verbals over abrasive tunes’ tactical vision. Although you can still dig the guy’s track record, it’s not a nostalgia exercise: the band have put out several albums of great new material, and toured the UK, mainland Europe and the USA several times, buoyed by a constantly changing line-up.
 
 
The current formation features Lloyd, original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley, ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson and Andreas Schmid on bass. The re-invigorated Nightingales made a blistering start to 2012, releasing their latest album No Love Lost on new label Cooking Vinyl to across the board rave reviews. Expect some fearsome rock ‘n’ roll and the odd off the wall cover version. Previous Preston shows have seen the band tackle material by the Glitter Band, Blues Explosion and even Joanna Newsom! We love The Nightingales and you should too.
 

KING CHAMPION SOUNDS

 
 
Led by honorary Prestonian and ex-Dandelion Adventure, Donkey and Bent Moustacher Ajay Saggar, King Champion Sounds also features vocals from Jos (G.W.Sok) who was the singer in Dutch legends The Ex for the first 30 years!  
 
King Champion Sounds came to life after being asked to open for Mike Watt at the start of 2013. Ajay picked up the challenge of opening for a musical inspiration (and friend) and wrote an entirely new set of songs for a one-off show. Recruiting GW Sok, Oli (Shrug / Year of Birds), Mees (a 17 year old wunderkind drummer) and a horn section featuring ol' school jazzers Ditmer and Chris, the band set about a period of intensive rehearsals and culminated in a show that received acclaim from a packed venue and from Watt and his cohorts as well. The gauntlet was thrown for better things, and duly taken by the band. More well received shows were played and an album has been recorded titled Different Drummer (to be released on Monday 14 October). These tracks reached the ears of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who insisted on KCS opening for them at a sold
out show at the Paradiso in July.
 
Touching on the jams created by The Fall, Can, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Public Image Limited, King Tubby, this band will set your pulse racing. Don't miss out!
 
Between the members in the band, they have recorded 7 John Peel sessions!
 

FORKEYES

 
The Forkeyes set is going to be one of the most feverishly anticipated of the day, for the simple reason that band members Mike Bryson and Mark McQuaid were bass and guitar in the legendary Bogshed, Twang Club alumni and much loved by John Peel, to the extent that they recorded 5 Peel sessions between October 1985 and October 1987. 
 
The uncompromising mix of angular guitar-led tunes and Phil Hartley's energetic vocals (his stated aim was to sing like Doris Day!) meant that Peel's listeners either loved Bogshed or found them unpalatable. After 2 superb LPs and a string of great singles, Bogshed called it a day, the last single, 'Stop Revolving', never making it out of the warehouse. 
 
Mike Bryson has cultivated prog project Forkeyes in his native Hebden Bridge intermittently over the last two decades, making a rare foray into the spotlight last year when their track 'Fell off the Penalty Spotty Spot' made the Dandelion Radio Festive Fifty. Forkeyes never play shows, don't miss this!
 

BIG RED BUS

 

 
Part of the Action Records stable of the the late 80s/early 90s which included The Boo Radleys and Dandelion Adventure, Big Red Bus put out a single and a mini album on Action in 1991. They famously supported The Stone Roses in the Guild Hall Foyer and had big followings in Preston, Norway and Japan (evidenced by the huge numbers of BRB 12"s shipped to the Far East from the vast Action Records warehouse 6 or 7 years ago - this is true). 
 
It has taken Tuff Life Boogie years of sensitive negotiations to tempt Big Red Bus into reforming and this may not happen again. Guitarist Dave Spence will be flying in from his retirement home in Costa Rica, specially for the occasion. 

 

BABOON

 
Baboon are a Preston act who include ex-members of Peel vets Blank Students and Cornershop
 
'Providers of ilstructured moments of enjoy. The mungled sound of birds fighting brought us together. Only a rematch will rip us asunder.
Gawping at a wall-hung plate. Just foody stains. Brown sauce Clinton profile; mushed pea Carol King; Ian Dury old gravy. Clumsy dusting dislodges half a Stray Cats' face n' arm. Sit for tea. Dream and spill.'
 
Tickets are only £15 and are available online NOW from Seetickets, WeGotTickets or Skiddle 
 
In person from...
 
The Continental's Bar (01772 499 425) 
 
Action Records (01772 884 772)
 
Preston Visitor Information (01772 253 731
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
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