Steve Ignorant’s – Slice of Life, Frankie B’s – At Night We Cry and Cambridge’s very own Freedom Faction and a wonderful crowd , joined us for a mega night to unwind at the O2 Academy, Islington, London last Saturday. Big thanks to all of the artist’s mentioned above, plus Frank Flag, Jason and the O2 technical crew and staff for making the show run pretty much glitch free. We really enjoyed ourselves and thought all the other bands and the audience were fantastic, the O2 is well set up technically for bands, apart from the countless flights of stairs between the stage and the dressing rooms.
The only regret is that we didn’t get chance to meet up with everyone afterwards, the management needed everyone out, so they could open the night club in time.
Video by puremania7777
Bring on 2014 and there is a plethora of back-scene activity of gig planning happening at the moment, we will bring further news of gigs in due course, but right now we can announce that we are appearing at the Whitby Gothic Festival on the April 26th . There is talk of new material and further release’s, nothing definite to report at the moment but watch this space!
Islington, London. This Saturday 16th November, doors open 6pm
> Doors: 6.00pm
FREEDOM FACTION: 6.30 – 7.00
FRANKO B: 7.10 – 7.40
STEVE IGNORANT’s Slice Of Life: 7.55 – 8.35
UK DECAY: 8.50 – 10.00
>Curfew – 10.00pm strict!
Do you fancy getting your hands on a vinyl test pressing of New Hope for the Dead signed by the band?
If so we’ll be handing out raffle tickets to everyone attending Saturday’s Islington 02 show, with the winner announced by Franko B on the night.
Franko not only created the artwork, but will be appearing with his band At Night We cry.
This will be Decay’s last ‘Night of Celebration’ in London and the south for the foreseeable future. We promise a choice mix of our new songs and our old classics supported by an excellent line-up with a few surprises during the evening. Doors open 6pm – performances timed to enable the catching of as many last trains as possible – This is unmissable – Saturday’s show is fast filling up, but we still have some friends and family tickets available on the night at a concessionary rate. If you’d like one then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put your name down. You can then pay for the conc tickets on arrival at the door.
Also T Shirt-wise, we will have some brand new design’s based on New Hope For The Dead white and red text on a black shirt. This is a limited screen printed run and if there is anything left after the O2 gig, we will duly place on our website here. The will also be a selection of stickers buttons, badges, posters, some vinyl, CD’s and hopefully more, all available on our merchandise stall at O2 – Look out for us.
Many thanks and hopefully see you on Saturday
Abbo, Ed, Ray and Spon
Decay have experienced something of a a double whammy on the Beeb early this week.
UK Decay on BBC twice in 24 hours. First on Monday evening just before East Enders, BBC journalist Sarfraz Manzoor returned to his hometown Luton on ‘Inside Out – East’ at 7.30pm. He talked to people in the town about the recent years of bad press the town and it’s inhabitants have endured. The town has often appeared in the national news for the wrong reason’s and this has somewhat ingrained itself on to the national psyche – how does this effect Lutonians? In complex ways it seems to say the least! Sarfraz wanders about meeting students with mixed opinions and later he talks to artists and musicians associated with the town.
Cue to a meeting and an interview by Sarfraz with “school classmates” – Fahim Qureshi the chief at The Hat Factory Arts Centre and Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbott, music impresario and lead singer with Punk band UK Decay. Both ‘Fame’ (Fahim) and Abbo were involved in the early Luton Punk scene either in bands or promoting gigs – both once spikey-haired do it yourself alternative revolutionaries. Now both matured with the years but underlining the same basic ethos underscoring their current positions. The discussion was about Luton and it’s musical and punk intercourse with the outside world. How in order to ‘make it’ you would have to leave the town for the capital and the outside world. Then it was all important to remember your special relationship with your hometown. Abbo pointed out that Decay were spawned out of Luton but were now an international band and everywhere the band plays, the audience is made aware of the bands hometown – Luton.
Safraz found optimism in this – he too had left Luton ‘Dick Whittington’ style and was now perhaps ready to think about returning and setting up home once more in the town.
The interview was interspersed with four or five seconds of live footage from UK Decays recent Hat Factory gig.
You can catch up on this on BBC Iplayer for the next few days….
A few hours later actually at 3am UK Decay’s 1981 Peel Session was re-broadcasted on BBC 6 Music’s ‘Live Hour’. This session was broadcasted earlier in the month on Gideon Coe’s October 10th Show.
Last nights ‘Live Hour’ also included The Sex Pistols live from Finsbury Park London in1996 and a another Peel session by Dawn of the Replicants.
The Gideon Coe show has now finished on Iplayer but for the next seven days you can catch up with the Live Show. Furthermore it seems you can link the individual tracks to a BBC playlist thingy (Not entirely sure how that works or whether it’s limited to seven days or permanent?)
Make of it what you will, here’s the link to the Iplayer and the playlist for the Live Show.
UK Decay Live in Madrid
The band head to Spain to perform live at ‘Semano Gotica de Madrid’ SGMFEST on 02/11/13.
This will be UK Decay’s first ever visit to Spain and the band are really looking forward to their visit.
The full itinerary is as follows..
GROTTO ROOM 77
Doors open: 23.00 hours
UK DECAY + SOROR DOLOROSA
TERMINAL GODS + PHANTOM VISION
DJs: Billyphobia + Jorge Rara Avis – 06.00 ntil
Advance Ticket price: 30 € – In door: 35 €
On sale in specialized stores
Rara Avis Store , C / de la Palma 40 and Diskpol , C / Jesús del Valle 8.
Also available online at Ticketea
UK Decay live in London..
So not long now until we’re joined at the O2 Academy Islington on Saturday 16 November by Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life and at Night We Cry with FrankoB.
There’s a big connection with Steve, with Decay playing one of its first gigs with Crass and recording regularly at Southern Studios. Werewolf was also released with the help of Crass on the Corpus Christi label.
Also on the bill is Cambridge’s Freedom Faction. Doors are at 6pm and tickets are £14. available here
Hope to see as many of you there that can make it.
Re: Saturday 26th October Zombie Hut, Corby
It’s with regret that we have to announce a rescheduling of our show in Corby to Spring 2014.
We have been looking forward to the show and playing again with our friends Hazard and – for the first time – Venus Fly Trap and Family of Noise. However, due to an unforeseen issue with the venue the local promoter and ourselves feel that everyone – you, us and the team on Corby – will be better served by a show in the early part of next year.
Apologies to everyone affected by the rescheduling, but our date in London on Saturday 16 November is unaffected, and so we hope to see you there.
All ticket holders should contact Gingerpig Promotions for a full refund here
Abbo, Ed, Jon, Ray and Spon
Note: It seems the reason offered by Gingerpig is poor ticket sales, due to a lacklustre campaign on behalf of GP and the band. It might have something to do with UK Decay doing the gig in good faith with an up and coming small promoter without the corporate contracts that sometimes stifle entrepreneurship. It seems had we have had a proper contract, we would still have been playing next Saturday regardless of a lack of ticketsales, ours and the sounds fee would have crippled the promoter. We didn’t want that. The date will be rescheduled and we can promise a maxed out campaign to advertise and gig for all to remember.
We’re now in the process of booking shows that will see us visit Poland, Germany and Italy next year. This year is also sketching out and confirmed dates so far are:
Corby – Zombie Hut – 26 Oct 2013
Madrid – SGM Fest – 2 Nov 2013
London Islington Academy – 16 Nov
Tickets can be found via the gigs tab.
It has been a month now since the album release, and thank you to everyone for their support and feedback; the band are humbled and appreciative and we do try to respond to all who tap the boards onto the various social network sites and forums. Keep spreading the Hot Sauce please!!
On the eve of the band’s new release New Hope For The Dead, Uk Decay are privileged and humbled to announce the collaboration with artist Franko B, whose stunning artwork adorns the album sleeve and the Killer/Heavy Metal Jews single.
Several themes run through the songs of the album and the band’s efforts to find artwork which would encapsulate these themes and be worthy of the new material and sound, the Decay legacy, the support of the Pledgers, justice to the UK Decay communities old and new was proving very, very difficult, until contact was made with Franko that is!
Che knew Franko through a mutual friend, art dealer Guy Hilton, and had actually missed out on purchasing Franko’s Black Stars and Stripes at the British Art Fair a few years back; and they say life has no regrets! Anyway, Che did a deal on one of Luton artist Clive Barker’s “Heart” sculptors from Franko around the same time.
When Che showed the band Franko’s art, it resonated with them immediately and here’s what the guys had to say.
Raymondo: ” There’s a horrible reality in those black flags; an end of the road feel to them. If you’re strapped to a chair in Bagram airforce base they’ll make a lot of sense.”
Spon: ” Is the ideology represented behind those flags, deserving of colour, given the acquisition of oil at the cost of truth?”
Eduardo: ” When I saw both the white and black Union Jacks and Stars and Stripes it left me speechless with such powerful imagery.”
Back to the story. Che writes Franko a short note, leaving a number for Franko to contact him on. Within a short space of time, Franko responds and listens to what Che has to say. Franko was familiar with the band back in the day, having moved to London from Italy in 1979. Abbo sends Franko a copy of the TDL mix of the album to listen to on his return from taking care of art matters in the North East. A meeting is arranged at the steps of St Johns Church in Waterloo. It is a bright, clear January. The espresso is ordered and the collaboration begins.
As Franko explains, “I always love the opportunity to work with other artists. I don’t separate art forms and I am not precious about my own work. This collaboration is a good thing that allows each other’s work – Decay’s and mine – to reach out to each other’s audience. I still believe in the spirit of punk and there is a common thread of our core ideals, but most importantly I love the new songs – Killer and Woman With The Black Heart especially, and the new material has made me listen to the old Decay too. I love it!”
The band are indebted to Franko for his love and generosity. Yes, its UK Decay as art critics!, and we leave you all with the continuing eloquence from Abbo,
“Franko B had made a statement so simple yet so profound and most importantly the most singular representation in my mind of the acknowledgement that the concept of the symbol of a nation now rests sadly in mourning in Britain and in the USA today, caused by the irresponsible, corrupt and immoral actions of those elected and empowered to represent it.”
One day we may claim it back!
The voice of chairman Che
UK Decay are proud to announce that Monday 22nd May 2013 is the release date of their long awaited new album New Hope For the Dead, with pre-release copies available in record shops across the UK participating in Record Store Day tomorrow (Saturday 20th April).
We are launching our new album New Hope For The Dead with a short live performance at this years “Record Store Day 2013” at the Rough Trade West Stage, Talbot Road, Ladbroke Grove, London on Saturday 20th April at 2.30pm. This is an outdoor all day family event to celebrate the culture of independent record stores.
Further info here
Our new album New Hope For The Dead is to premier a brand new printing technique on limited pressings of the CD and Vinyl cover artwork. The covers of both formats will feature a 3D “oil painting varnish” effect which will give a real textured feel to the sleeve replicating artist Franko B’s striking paintings. This print effect is a world first for a CD or Vinyl LP.
Both formats of the limited edition will be personally signed by the band. The special limited editions are available now to pre-order from our store and the album will be officially launched in April. A special album launch performance is under wraps and will be announced shortly. Details to follow.
To order the CD version click here
To order the Vinyl version click here
Raymondo talks about the new single and album on The Ladder Factory, which can be found at the Podomatic website… From the Ladder Factory
The band were interviewed at the recent Brighton gig by host, David A. Sharman for a Brighton radio station. Dave’s ‘Strange Boutique’ features Punk and Post Punk and is broadcast every Thursdays at 7pm. The interview with ukdecay will be accompanied by excerpts from the new album ‘New Hope From The Dead’. We will update further details, there will be a ‘listen again’.