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Punks Legends The Defects To Play The Empire In January – Plus Terri Hooley And More …

defectsPunk legends The Defects have announced they are to play The Empire on 15th January 2016, with help from Stop Stop Start Again, No Matter, Shock Treatment and Terri Hooley

It was back in 1978 in their native Belfast that The Defects first started. Playing covers of classic punk songs at legendary clubs like The Harp Bar and The Pound led to a healthy local following and the band’s name proudly sprayed across the backs of numerous studded leather jackets.

The Defects debut 7 inch vinyl single ” Dance Until You Drop ” was released in 1979 and sold well enough to attract the attention of Melody Maker’s punk journalist Carol Clerk, herself a native of Northern Ireland. Clerk told promoter John Curd about the band and he signed them to his WXYZ label.

After a support slot to Chelsea at London’s 100 Club, The Defects first UK gig, The Defects went on to support label mates The Anti Nowhere League on the legendary “So What” UK tour.

The Defects debut album Defective Breakdown was released in 1982. Then in 1984 they played as support for The Clash in their favourite venue The Ulster Hall.

Stop Stop Start Again – Formed to contribute a track to The Time To Be Proud compilation honouring the glory days of Belfast / Northern Ireland punk – in 2012. Played a one-off gig at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival – people liked it- we decided to stick around for a while. Recording new material for release this year as well as video. Look to our wall posts or website for live dates and other news.

Their new 12″ Vinyl release on Punkerama Records out this year, as well as 3rd EP “Why Do Chicks Dig Vampires” on Time To Be Proud Records.

No Matter is a Belfast based 4-piece playing fast-paced pop punk inspired by their love of music and general tomfoolery. They formed in late 2010 from the remains of The Lobotomies, Numskull, Leap for Lenin and The Dangerfields. Back from their second UK tour promoting their latest EP released on Punkerama Records and having supported Anti Flag, Runnin Riot, Gnarwolves, 999, The Outcasts, The Defects, Barb Wire Dolls and Glen Matlock (Ex Sex Pistols) to name a few, they’re a live act not to be missed.

Shock Treatment were prime movers in North Belfast’s Punk and New Wave cohort at the turn of the 1980’s and left only a small recorded legacy including ‘Belfast Telegraph’ and ‘Big Check Shirts’ along with some radio broadcasts. Singer Barry McIlheney aka Barry Treatment famously went into publishing and journalism, while Davy McLarnon aka Davy Treatment co-founded Five Boys (1983-88) and later joined Peacefrog (90’s) to some success.

In 2007, Five Boys’ co-founder Michael K aka Jimi Pig launched several Myspace sites designed to highlight the North Belfast scene. Among these were sites for his own bands Pig, Guilty Achievements and Five Boys, as well as Lovers of Today, Shock Treatment and Peacefrog and other bands such as Me in Bristol formed by ex-North Belfast band-members.

Thus began the rise of the history of North Belfast’s music scene, previously overlooked amid the better ‘Good Vibrations’ scene with which it only partly interacted.

Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations label was responsible for bands such as The Undertones, Rudi, Protex and The Outcasts making their mark on the national music scene in Ireland and Britain. After playing “Teenage Kicks” on BBC national radio John Peel then became a big supporter of the Good Vibrations record label.

Tickets will be on sale soon. Keep an eye on The Empire website



Writer and Editor for Gigging NI.