Legendary UK sax-riddled malcontents The Cravats are back with their first new album in 35 years. They were early favourites of the BBC DJ John Peel (they recorded four sessions) and released music for beloved UK indie labels like Small Wonder and Crass Records. They sound as eccentric, adrenalized and inventive as ever. Nobody sounds quite like The Cravats.
Formed in Redditch, England in 1977, and applauded by such luminaries as Mark E. Smith, Jello Biafra, Steve Albini, Mike Patton and Henry Rollins amongst others, the band reformed in 2009 in order to play select shows in the UK and abroad and have since performed at the UK’s Rebellion Festival five years running, played as special guests of Steve Ignorant at the final Crass - Last Supper show at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire as well as the Steve Albini curated ATP and have recently even supported Sleaford Mods a couple of times.
After two critically acclaimed 7" singles (Jingo Bells & Blurred) released in 2016 on Overground Records, the band recorded a new album called 'Dustbin of Sound' which was released on Sept 29th 2017 through Overground Records.
With copious amounts of airplay for the new LP including BBC6 Music courtesy of Gideon Coe and Marc Riley as well as a Riley live session and a host of excellent reviews, The Cravats are enjoying themselves and their weird and wonderful live shows prove this admirably. Unexpect the expected.
The band features founder and vocalist The Shend as well as legendary original Cravats saxman Svor Naan along with Viscount Biscuits on guitar, Joe 91 on bass and Rampton Garstang on drums.
"The Cravats are vicious in their intent, yet relaxed taste abounds" - MARK E. SMITH
"The Cravats are one of the greatest bands in the history of music" - HENRY ROLLINS
"Whenever I start to feel important, I think 'well, I never did much for The Cravats and I didn't stop Toyah" - JOHN PEEL
"I still have every Cravats record I know of" - JELLO BIAFRA
Folk Devils made a considerable impact on the UK music scene in the mid-80s with a run of indie chart singles like “Hank Turns Blue” and “Beautiful Monster” and three John Peel sessions.
They recently re-issued their entire recorded output as “Beautiful Monsters” (Singles & Demo Recordings 1984-86) on the boutique label Optic Nerve, which got amazing reviews in the UK press and spins on BBC6 Music. To celebrate the release, the band have re-formed with new singer Dave Hodgson replacing the sadly deceased Ian Lowery, and have played several re-union shows around the UK with like-minded bands The Inca Babies, The Membranes and now …The Cravats. John Robb from Louder Than War in his review of Preston wrote…
“Folk Devils recently returned with their punk blues sounding fully intact. Even without charismatic frontman Ian Lowery who died a long time back the band are still hypnotic. They know how to strip down the mess of blues and leave plenty of space and dynamic for their seething and tense songs that are full of the colliding riffs switching with the taut build ups that were so much part of that micro scene they ran parallel with of the Gun Club and the Birthday Party. They used to say there were no second acts in rock n roll but the Folk Devils are still further proof that age and experience can make the music even more urgent and vital and their powerful melee sounds more vital and urgent now than it did way back in the day of John Peel”
“Folk Devils gigged (and lived) hard, establishing a fearsome live reputation while sharing stages with Nick Cave and Spacemen 3” – RECORD COLLECTOR
“Folk Devils were a staple of John Peel’s legendary radio show in the mid-80s...twisting ancient blues and rockabilly riffs into hot-wired post-punk” – LOUDER THAN WAR
“Folk Devils took a torn leaf from swamp delta blues and married it to a measured Fall-like frenzy” – VIVE LE ROCK
“This excellent, feral compilation draws together on CD and vinyl their first three singles and B- sides plus eight previously unreleased demos” – UNCUT