The musicians in UK Decay
Steven David Harle.. Drums & Percussion
The late great Steven David Harle
After Furyo disbanded in 1985, Steve Harle moved into tour management, often working for Abbo’s Big cat artists.
He managed Faith Over Reason and went on the road with Carter USM.
In the early nineties Steve spent an increasing amount of time travelling around the world and in May 1995 he tragically passed away in Bangalore, India.
Steven David Harle R.I.P 1961 – 1995
Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbott… Vocals & Guitar – current member
Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbott
After Furyo disbanded in 1985, Abbo moved into music production and management. Forming his own companies, Big cat records and Bedlam Artist Management his first success in 1989 was EMF, other acts included Jeff Buckley.
In 1997 he moved into the ‘Classical’ arena and produced the music programme for Princess Diana’s Funeral Service. He now manages New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra, violinist Nicola Benedetti, and pianist Lang Lang, and has produced top several selling albums. In 2007 he featured as a judge on BBC2’s ‘Classical Star’ and with Goldie on another BBC feature.
Steve Spon…. Guitar & Keyboards – current member
After the demise of IN Excelsis in 1985 Spon moved into music production and live sound. In 1990 he formed a band again, ‘Techno with guitars’-Big Eye with G.R.Stronach and D.Smith from Click Click. In 1997 he released his first major solo project, ‘Earthlights’ under the monica of Nostramus. As a producer and engineer, he has been involved in a vast array of record productions and projects and today is still producing music for himself and others.
Ed ‘Twiggy’ Branch…. Bass Guitar- current member
After Furyo disbanded in 1985, ED eventually teamed up with ex Bauhaus vocalist, Pete Murphy and played bass for him on several world tours during the 1990’s.
He also played with west coast band Kommunity FX
Raymond Phillpott… Drums – current member
New drummer Raymond Phillpott, fills the late Steve Harle’s highly respected position on the drum stool. As well as using Steve’s old drum kit, Ray was actually taught by the late great man himself to play some of the famous DK licks.
In the mid 80’s Ray drummed for legendary Luton post punk band, the Party Girls. Later he played for The Bright Four. His emulation of the distinctive UK DK drum sound is spot on.
Past members …
Martin ‘Segovia’ Smith… Bass Guitar
Martin ‘Segovia’ Smith
After leaving UK Decay in 1981, Martin formed a band called ’24 Colours’ with Pete Keady on guitar and Andy McGloin on drums. He also made a brief appearance on bass for a UK Decay ‘cameo come-back’ the band played one song ‘For My Country’ at the 2007 UK Decay Communities reunion.
Lorraine ‘Lol’ Turvey… Bass Guitar
Lorraine ‘LOL’ Turvey
Lol returned to The Statics after her breif encounter with UK Decay in 1981. It is rumored with some substance that she later played with the Stranglers, although this needs to be verified. Not surprising really as ‘Lol’ was/is a very talented musician.
Creetin K-os… Bass Guitar
Jason ‘Creetin K-os ‘ returned to the United States in June 1981 and rejoined Social Unrest on vocals. They hailed from Hayward, near San Francisco and soon established themselves as one of the leading forces of the Bay Area early HC Thrash scene. They split in 1986 but have reformed in recent years.
Johnny G … Guitar – recent period member
Johnny ‘G’ – guitar
Added to supplement guitar textures and overlays on the new material, beef up the sound and finally and importantly, to protect the band and the world from Abbo having to play his guitar! Seriously Jon is a great musician and an expert on all things guitar – his role is pivotal on some of the new material.
Justin “Justinhio” Saban… Guitar – current member
Justin “Justinhio” Saban- guitar
After Johnny G left , once again Abbo threatened to pick up the guitar. Justin “Justinhio” Saban thankfully came to the rescue!
An accomplished guitarist and known to many in the home counties area as a producer recording engineer, Justin brings textures and energy to the UK Decay sound. His first gig was at the Scum festival in May 2014.
Kyia… backing vocals – current member
Guest appearances at London area shows mainly vocalizing over some of the New Hope For The Dead songs. In 2014 Kyia has become settled adding voices to all the shows this year.