Cumbrian Bands

Since starting this blog I realized there was a lot of bands outside of Carlisle that needed their own page. So, with an active music scene (past and present) I thought it is best to split the “In the Beginning” page, and take out the bands that were not from Carlisle, and put them into a page titled “Cumbrian Bands”. It is a bit obscure, I agree, but until it divides some more it will have to remain so.

Chaos (Aspatria)

I got sent these tracks by John Kemp, in response to Ed Butlers mail, which I enclose here:

Chaos were :
Jav Turnbull (Vocals),
Eddie Brown (Gtr),
Brian Mounsey (Bass) & Duncan McDonald (Drums).
Later Frank Chapman was added as a 2nd Guitarist.

“Chaos from Aspatria. I rated these in my top 3 bands in 79/80 alongside the Clash and uk subs. Gave psycho faction their name from the punky reggae song whose lyrics were “man killed on the street, cos he doesn’t eat meat, cos he had a black face, cos he spoke to a nun”. Cover of somewhere over the rainbow was epic, tinged with threat and Menace. Come on and join in the chaos was just F F Fun.
Original line up was Jav vocals, fast Eddie guitar, Brian mousey bass and Duncan Drums. All were huge characters, friendly, funny & welcoming people. I went drinking with them before some gigs and just laughed all the time.
Fast Eddie left and was replaced by Frank Chapman of Whitehaven who is now in Hexed.
At one point they were preparing to go to London to further their career & Duncan may even have gone. Things get vague round here. The hunt for any recorded music by them went on for years. They were legendary. Some news filtered through about brushes with the law that, if true, makes me a bit sad that such great people were put out of circulation. If they had punk rock judges the lads would have been pardoned due to their phenomenal, powerful, original and truly epic music.

Some basic recordings eventually surfaced.

John writes:

The gigs I remember – Chaos supported the UK Subs at Wigton in April 79. They played twice at Silloth with Blitz and the Black Crow’s Gazztops.

Chaos’s songs – Somewhere over the rainbow, Chaos ’79, Spyatree Life. They also done great covers of Public Image and Kill (Albert Y Los Trois Paranoias).
They used to practice at the back of the Brandraw pub in Aspatria.
Duncan later played for a band called the Doonicans (They released a record on Probe Plus). Eddie produced an album for Distortion in the 80’s.
There is another 4 track demo out there somewhere. Maybe someone in Aspatria might be able to shed some light on this.

The tracks by Chaos that John Kemp sent are here:

 A Touch of Hysteria (Ambleside)
A blog about the Penrith band Touch-of-hysteria
Discography
info and videos cvltnation
youtube video  1983 Demo
youtube video The Rulers

(and as they are today)

The Limps (Annan)
The Limps on John Peel 1979 
Recordings info on  last.fm and discogs
youtube video from the 8 from 80 compilation The Limps 8 from 80

The Limps and No Support (Annan/Carlisle)
Ep Info  and Limps-No-Support-Opposite-Sides

Psycho Faction (Workington)
A video of their practice
BBC TV performance
unknown video
A web page for Psycho Faction
Another web page with the band and other bands from West Cumbria
demo included on a mixed tape

The Dead (Workington)
Dancing with the Dead
There a web page here

Public Disorder (Workington)
“filmed in the early 1980’s, public disorder performing love song by the damned, roger. vocals, cookie. guitar, norm. bass, ron. drums”. st johns church. 1980 – 1982″
Workington Punks Public Disorder
Rebel 1982

The Dead Dogs (Workington)
The Dead Dogs
another video

Kevin Akitt (Workington)
I got this recording from someone (I think it was Kevin Akitt) in a theatre in Workington in 1982. Frenzy was playing at an open-mic night and after our slot I spoke to a man who liked our set and was in a band. He gave me 2 cassettes, the first is “Reel 2 Reel” and the other cassette was “Suspicions Confirmed”.
There is a detailed cassette cover listing the tracks and when they were recorded.
“Reel 2 Reel” is as follows:
kevin akitt joined

Suspicions Confirmed (Workington)
The other cassette was also from Workington, I have recently learned that the band is called “Suspicions Confirmed” I found the cassette cover with some information about the track list and titles, but other than that I do not know much. I got it after a gig in Workington with my band called “Frenzy”, I think the guy who gave me it was Kevin Akitt, in 1982.
The members of the band were:
John Bensen Lord – bass (backing vocals)
Steiche – guitar and vocals (acking vocals)
Bun – guitar
Ian Sticks Huffam – Drums
suspicions confirmed joined

Psychosis (Whitehaven)
Ern writes “Thought I should mention Psychosis from Whitehaven, Michael Heaney R I.P. Sure they supported the other Frenzy 1987 the Stars and Stripes . All I can find on them is Johnny Remember me on YouTube. Gone but not forgotten.”

Ollybert writes: “Psychosis were from Workington not Whitehaven. They were a 3 piece line up consisting of Mike Heaney (guitar and vocals), David McKeown (Bass) and James “Jinx” Casey (drums). They played a rockabilly style, as Mike was heavily influenced by King Kurt, The Meteors and Guana Batz. Their 10 track cassette release included a fantastic cover version of Val Doonican’s (really !!) song Walk Tall”.

S.D.S. (Whitehaven)
Live Whitehaven Sports Centre 1985, punk, Trunt
“This is a clip shot in 1985 at an S.D.S. practice, Trunt… Drums, Leecey…Guitar, Jasper…Bass, Oggy…Keyboard. we started off as a punky band, but wanted to sound a bit different to the usual stuff. We went on to write some great songs under the names ‘Shoot the Jester’ ‘Big fire ceremony’ and ‘Indian swirl’ but it all ended in 1991.It say’s Shoot the Jester on the end, that’s the start of a live gig on the video”.

1981, an article by Mike Clarke, and a Compilation Cassette from West Cumbria. The link has an article with mp3s (many thank to Pod for this info). Contamination Cassette, punk in CumbriaContaminated Comp 1Contamination Ad

Blitz – from Aspatria

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4 thoughts on “Cumbrian Bands”

  1. Maryport punk band Called Counter attack a worthy mention here. remember they got Crass and the Poison Girls to play at the Civic hall. Can remember a punk from carlisle who turned up called Jamie. Only a young lad but remember going to wigton to see the Uk Subs. The Angelic Upstarts were meant to play in Wigton but didnt show for some reason.

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  2. Chaos from Aspatria. I rated these in my top 3 bands in 79/80 alongside the Clash and uk subs. Gave psycho faction their name from the punky reggae song whose lyrics were “man killed on the street, cos he doesn’t eat meat, cos he had a black face, cos he spoke to a nun”. Cover of somewhere over the rainbow was epic, tinged with threat and Menace. Come on and join in the chaos was just F F Fun.
    Original line up was Jav vocals, fast Eddie guitar, Brian mousey bass and Duncan Drums. All were huge characters, friendly, funny & welcoming people. I went drinking with them before some gigs and just laughed all the time.
    Fast Eddie left and was replaced by Frank Chapman of Whitehaven who is now in Hexed.
    At one point they were preparing to go to London to further their career & Duncan may even have gone. Things get vague round here. The hunt for any recorded music by them went on for years. They were legendary. Some news filtered through about brushes with the law that, if true, makes me a bit sad that such great people were put out of circulation. If they had punk rock judges the lads would have been pardoned due to their phenomenal, powerful, original and truly epic music.
    Some basic recordings eventually surfaced.

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    1. I’ve got a 3 track demo of Chaos. Spyatree Life, Psycho Faction and Sexual Problems are the songs. If anyone out there wants a copy of these send me a text on 0793 639 8297. John Kemp.

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