ROCK GARDEN REGENERATED: Newtown Neurotics + Flies On You + LoGOz Friday, 12th June, 2015 Adv Tkts £8 OTD £10 Stud/Unemp £5
TICKETS are now available at SOUND IT OUT Records in Stockton on Tees.
Also from Steve 07769 258035 or Martin 07962 432250 or directly from The Westgarth ring Steve on 07973 684719. If you are unemployed or a student or an OAP you can gain entry for a fiver as long as you provide ID.
TICKETS: Online from: http://www.seetickets.com/Event/rock-garden-regenerated/westgarth-social-club/866168 and www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/161923
The Newtown Neurotics from Harlow in Essex began their career playing punk heavily indebted stylistically to The Clash and The Ramones. Formed in 1979 by Steve Drewett they released a couple of self-financed 7" singles before being picked up by CNT Records who were based in Leeds. Sharing the same political leanings as labelmates The Redskins they came to the notice of a much bigger audience when they released the scathing 'Kick Out The Tories' single at the height of Thatcherism. They played a music festival in Leeds and were one of the few real highlights playing songs that covered economics, politics, violence and green issues. In 1983 they released their debut album 'Beggars Can Be Choosers' on Razor Records which put life back into an ailing punk music scene.
Over the course of the mid-1980s, the band dropped the "Newtown" from its name and simply became The Neurotics; along with the name change came a stylistic broadening, including slower tempos and horn arrangements. They released several albums on noted UK postpunk label Jungle Records. Lead singer and guitarist Steve Drewett took openly socialist stances in his lyrics throughout the course of the band's career and currently displays an anarcho-syndicalist sticker on his guitar. When the bassist, Colin Dredd, came down with pleurisy, he left the band; Mac (Travis Cut /The Pharaohs /The Skabilly Rebels)was brought in to play bass for some farewell shows (at which the band's entire catalogue was played), and the band called it quits in October 1988. Drewett went on to form an Afro punk band called the Indestructible Beat. Although the Indie Beats were disbanded in 1995, Steve Drewett is known to do occasional solo gigs.
More recently, the Newtown Neurotics reformed for a few reunion shows in London & Brighton leading up to Blackpool's 2006 Wasted and 2008 Rebellion punk festivals, their biggest British audiences to date. A new rhythm section of David 'Gravy' Walsh (Drums) and Adam 'Smithy' Smith (Bass) (Both from Harlow Newtown) have been backing Steve Drewett since 2007, including an appearance in the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool for the 2009 Rebellion Festival.
In 2010 Steve Drewett made his first US appearance, playing at The Big Takeover magazine's 30th Anniversary festival.
Support bands are Flies On You from Leeds who are vaguely remiscent of The Three Johns and LoGOz a melodic powerchord trio from Northumberland in a similar vein to Husker Du.