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EXPELAIRES | PERCY and Guests
14th November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm£5
Roll up Roll up for a post-punk spectacular in the heart of Leeds. Featuring…
Formed 1978 Leeds and Inspired by The Sex Pistols, MC5, The Stooges, Siouxsie and the
Banshees, Magazine , Subway Sect , John Barry , Chic
Members have played in a number of bands, such as Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Mission,
The Vaynes, Music For Pleasure, The Radiacs & Groovin’ With Lucy.
Review of current EP Superb and rock solid return of the new-wave/punk stars of the
infamous ‘Hicks On The Sticks’ compilation. I’m pleased to say they’ve been playing again
for a little while now and the magic is more than still there (along with the message) and
they’re still writing memorable, powerful catchy as hell songs too! This is maximum rock and
roll mania that brings to mind Fear or early Damned too…Recommended! Biography
Recorded BBC session for John Peel show Recorded “To See You” c/w “Frequency” for Zoo
Records (1978) Recorded “Sympathy” c/w “Kicks” for Rockburgh Records (1979)
“Sympathy” included on “Hicks from the Sticks” compilation album (Rockburgh Records.
Performed mailnly around Leeds area but performed several times with Zoo label mates
Echo and the Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes outside of Leeds. Performed at legendary
1st “Futurama” festival (Leeds Queens Hall) Also provided support slots for Mekons and
Gang of Four around London. Offically split in 1981. Former members left to spawn a host of
seminal Leeds bands namely Sisters of Mercy,Girls at our Best,Red Lorry Yellow Lorry,Music
for Pleasure. Reformed in 2012 to play at F-Club 35th reunion & then decided to continue as
a working unit. 2014 saw the release of the 1st recordings in over 30 years with the E.P “Sick
Of Lies” 2015 saw the band consolidate themselves as a powerful live act, sharing the stage
with acts such as Salvation, Spear of Destiny, Department S & The Ruts DC.
“Percy deliver a twisted but humorous tale of small town humanity in punky rasping
Yorkshire tones. Discordant nasty and great fun – your can really hear the venom!” VIC
Percy are proving to be tenacious musical survivors – typical Yorkshire Terriers – scruffy
and soft looking from a distance but surprisingly quick with a bite and lots of unexpected
noise close too! ” TOM ROBINSON BBC 6 MUSIC
Founded in York in May 1996. Percy are an evolution of the North of England’s post-punk
indie pioneers. Percy challenge style and are difficult to categorise as musical genres get
used and abused with little mercy. Punk, Reggae, Swing, Glam, Surf, Indie, and even
Country all get a turn and provide a lo-fi underpinning to a collection of wry narratives;
Colin’s lyrical vision of today’s England includes call centre drones, getting old, Doncaster
working mens clubs, Politicians, Payday loans and prescription pills. Often a bleak landscape
but there’s more than enough black humour to raise a smile. The press description of
Percy’s music is as imaginative as the music itself and the band seem to collect ace
straplines such as ‘The Kinks of Punk’, ‘A Yorkshire version of the Sweeney’ and Steve
Lamacq’s own ‘Toe tapping jaw droppers’.