THE ENEMY + Supports
Featuring: The Enemy, Eastfield, Code Blue, The Uppercuts, more TBC
The NEW CROSS INN in association with POLITE RIOT presents.....
THE ENEMY (Reformed Derby punk legends)
EASTFIELD (Brummie rail punk. Favourites of ours here at Polite Riot)
CODE BLUE (New skool playing old skool)
+ more TBC. Watch this space!
7:30pm - 2am! Bands finish before last trains.
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/351974971510611/
SOME INFO ABOUT THE BANDS. Do have a read & a listen!
The Enemy formed in early 1980 as Mark Woodhouse (vocals), Steve \"Mez\" Mellors (guitar), Steve O'Donnell (bass), and Mark Herrington (drums).
They played their first gig at Woodlands Youth Centre, and landed a support slot on Anti Pastis gig in Huddersfield.
They recorded their first single, 50,000 Dead at Old Cottage Studios in Derby, releasing it on their own Tin Tin label. The single was quite successful and led to the band being signed to Fall Out Records, debuting on the label with Fallen Hero in May 1982, which reached number 4 in the UK Indie Chart.
Fallen Hero, an anti-war song, was also included on the Punk and Disorderly volume 2 compilation which reached the indie top 10
Kevin Lamb joined the band on Guitar and further singles followed thier Debut Album Gateway to Hell.
Russell Maw joined the band as Lead Guitarist for their second Album Last but not least and livened up performances, but The Enemy called it a day in 1984
THE ENEMY have now Reformed in 2012 with Mark Woodhouse (Vocals), Steve ODonnell (Bass, Vocals), Kev Lamb (Guitar, vocals), Steve Mellers (Guitar) and Mark Herrington (Drums).
THE ENEMY HOMETOWN REUNION SHOW is at The Old Bell Hotel on SATURDAY 30th JUNE 2012
THE ENEMY are also appearing at REBELLION PUNK FESTIVAL on Saturday August 4th 2012
The preferential treatment and disproportionate interest given to people and the ins and outs of their lives just because they play in a pop group has always been a source of bewilderment. Does it really matter what someones favourite colour is? The anti-hero stance of punk was great, but sadly a lot of punk rock literature comes across as Smash Hits for people with spiky hair. Eastfield exist as a counter-reaction to shoddy attitudes, rock star egos and placing of people on pedestals. We strive to be decent and down-to-earth while at the same time poking a bit of fun out of all the related crap that winds us up.
Lyrically, we punctuate socio-political comment with associated references from the world of adverts, 1970s TV programs, railways and first-hand experiences, making sure it always remains relevant (or not!). If used in the right context, humour can be a powerful weapon to use against and poke fun at the establishment. We dont actually set out to be specifically either humorous or political but a mixture of both is surely a good thing, besides it reflects how we are as people. Musically we play 3 chord, sing-a-long, simple catchy songs. There has never been any attempt to copy anyones style or stance - this would be totally pointless. Regardless of whether what we do is any good or not, it is better to be a first-rate Eastfield than an eighth-rate wannabe someone else. We have no pretensions that we are doing anything original, we do what we want and what we like to do.
Keeping integrity is quintessential for survival. Call it sheer bloody-mindedness but the fact that we can do it our way and it works is a reason to carry on in itself. If we were aspiring to be rock stars or e.g. chasing that elusive record deal then we would have got disheartened and split up years ago, but signing to a record label has always been irrelevant to what Eastfield do. Eastfield has always been more about lifestyle choice than just a band and the ethics of DIY are firmly ingrained in this. We dont need a record company, agent or manager to tell us what to do or how the band should be run. We make our own decisions and choices - if they work - great, if not - then we can learn from our mistakes. Printing t-shirts, designing record sleeves, flyers etc is evidently harder work but its much more rewarding and it gives us more control over what we put out and what we do. Anyone that deals with Eastfield deals with us in person, which means that we get to know people face to face. These mutual relationships are what form the ethos of what we do. We have taught ourselves and learnt stuff that we have passed on. To do everything ourselves has been a conscientious decision of Eastfield from the start and we wouldnt want it any other way. This doesnt mean that DIY has to be inferior or not taken seriously - Eastfield produce good quality stuff at sensible and affordable prices which sells well and without ripping people off. Our stuff is properly pressed and the same quality that you get in the shops or big bands charging ridiculous prices for. However, we liaise with manufacturers direct, to cut out the unnecessary middleman/woman. We make a small profit on everything, but this goes back into the collective pot to help fund the day-to-day running of Eastfield whether its recording, releasing, mending broken equipment or buying petrol to play benefit gigs. Everything is covered without anyone needing to dip into their own pockets but no one makes a living from Eastfield either. If we were doing it merely to line our pockets then there would simply be no point.
More importance is placed on the fact that things have ticked over nicely due to commitment, belief in what were doing and a high degree of mutual co-operation with like-minded souls. We have no time for competition, one-upmanship and bickering especially when there are more important things to worry about in life. Favours breed favours but not necessarily in a tit-for-tat fashion, you soon discover who the good people are. Its deemed a success when we hear that we are frequently looked upon as the good guys and girls. In addition, we seem to sell our stuff, people come to our gigs and we constantly get to communicate and make new friends by meeting lots of top people on the way. We are chuffed that we have managed to do all this totally on our own terms, without shafting anyone else or selling ourselves in the process.
Since forming in 2009 The Uppercuts have set about creating their own sound mixing punk, ska and straight up rock. Comprised of Jamie Hall, Mark Killengrey, James Killpatrick and Wes Myers The Uppercuts have played with the likes of The Exposed, King Kurt, The sex pistols Glenn Matlock as well as having a confirmed slot on this years (2012) Rebellion punk fest sharing the bill with Rancid and Public image ltd as well as many many more top bands. With a split album (double barrel) recorded on Diablo records and a debut album of their own on the way, The Uppercuts are a band with plenty more on the way.
Were Code Blue, an Anarcho-Punk band based in South-East London. We play old style British punk inspired by bands such as Conflict and GBH. On this page you will find songs, videos, photos, gig updates and general band info, however it is not always kept totally up to date so please check out our Facebook page.
Promoter: Polite Riot
Admission: £4.00 ADV/£6.00 OTD