THE INCA BABIES + A WITNESS + GREAT LEAP FORWARD (ACOUSTIC SET) SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER THE RUBY LOUNGE
THE INCA BABIES
The Inca Babies reformed in 2007 to play a 20th birthday party of IBD, the German agency which first took them to Europe, and they haven’t stopped since.
Founder member Harry Stafford’s penned three new albums since – ‘Death Message Blues’, ‘Deep Dark Blue’ and the forthcoming “The Stereo Plan” (sept 2014) - with more to come. Critics agree their shows are blistering, relentless dark blues-tinged guitar rock sets with lavish helpings of classics alongside great new songs.
With two number one indie chart singles, four Peel sessions and a Top 5 album in the 1980s, as well as hundreds of gigs across Europe and Scandinavia it’s no wonder the original Incas left a legacy. But with Rob Haynes (Goldblade) on drums and A Witness bassman Vince Hunt as the rhythm section, the reformed Incas have been getting rave reviews in Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Greece and Holland as well as at selected gigs across the UK, appearing with Lydia Lunch’s Big Sexy Noise, Zounds, SpizzEnergi, March Violets and Punishment of Luxury.
‘My Sick Suburb’, their first single for 25 years was released on 7” blue vinyl for Record Store Day in April 2012 and they’ve released another RSD vinyl outing with ‘Scatter’ on 12” clear vinyl in 2014.
TWENTY FIVE years away from the live stage hasn’t blunted the spiky, angular pop of A WITNESS who deliver a host of classics from their mid-80s career.
The band were John Peel Show regulars and toured Europe and the UK with some of the best names of the time – The Fall, Swans, Sonic Youth and Three Johns among them. Now they’re back with a superb live line-up earning rave reviews for their power and punch.
Following great receptions at June’s C-86 Festival in London and a co-headline with The Cravats in April, the band also play Stockport’s Blackthorn Music Festival in Etherow Country Park in July and a John Peel Weekender in Stockton on Tees in October with The Blue Orchids, Inca Babies, Nightingales and Wolfhounds.
The new band teams drumming powerhouse Rob Haynes (Goldblade, Membranes, Inca Babies) with former Big Flame and Great Leap Forward frontman Alan Brown – a Manchester music dream team. Simon Williams fronts the band with passion and verve while original member and songwriter Vince Hunt (bass) completes the line-up.
Webzine ‘Louder Than War’ said of their C-86 appearance: “Part of the bludgeoning awkward wing of the times and they have lost none of that angular assault.”
In a six-year career between 1983 and the death of guitarist Rick Aitken in 1989, A Witness released a critically acclaimed album ‘I Am John’s Pancreas’ and a series of 12” singles which made the NME charts together with four sessions for John Peel.
But tragedy struck the four-piece when Aitken died in a climbing accident on the eve of the release of their perfect pop single ‘I love you Mr Disposable Razors’ in October 1989. The band’s third and fourth Peel sessions were released as a double CD shortly afterwards. Hunt re-released the album on CD in 2006 to mark 20 years of its release and reformed the band for 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of his friend and guitarist.
THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD
The Great Leap Forward is a “band” formed in 1987 by former bIG*fLAME singer and bassist Alan Brown when that band came to its planned and logical end in 1986.
The Great Leap Forward was and still is essentially a solo project, with Alan writing, arranging and performing virtually all instruments on recordings, and carrying out mixing and production in the studio in conjunction with John Crossley at SquareDance Studios (Nottingham/Derby) for the majority of the pre-1990 releases and since 2008 with Anthony Chapman for Finished Unfinished Business and This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply And Getting By.
Freed from the restrictive musical philosophy and practice that epitomised bIG*fLAME, Alan was able to flourish musically and develop The Great Leap Forward into a much more melodic and danceable proposition, yet still retaining the bIG*fLAME quirkiness and attitude/ethos – with overtly political lyrics and social commentary, working under the mantra of “don’t be afraid of change, it’s right to rebel”.
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