Doctors of Madness 15/04/24

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DOCTORS OF MADNESS

“If you have never heard the Doctors of Madness, you should. Musically they are the Velvet Underground, New York Dolls with shades of glam, hippie, prog and punk all rolled into one, yet are still totally original. Vastly underrated, they should have been huge. Pure genius” – Vic Reeves (Comedian and Artist)

Exploding onto the music scene in 1975 with their theatrical, William Burroughs-inspired Sci-fi nightmare, they were misunderstood by many, but those who knew understood the importance of the band’s dangerous, uncompromising approach to lyrics, to music and to performance.

Among the many fans of the band were acts as diverse as The Damned, Vic Reeves, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Spiritualized, Julian Cope, Phil Jupitus, The Adverts, The Skids, Howard Marks, Harlan Ellison and Simple Minds. The Sex Pistols supported them, so did The Jam. Oh, and Joy Division. They were the first British band to combine the avant-garde approach of The Velvet Underground with a distinctly European aesthetic. The blue hair, exotic stage- names, the lyrical themes of urban decay, political propaganda, mind control and madness were all taken up by the punk bands who followed in their wake.

Doctors of Madness were trailblazers, pioneers, adventurers…pushing the boundaries of rock music and theatre to see how far it would go before it bust. What happened after them was due, in no small part, to what they achieved in three short years.

They may not have been Jesus Christ, but they were, arguably, John the Baptist!!!

Now, forty-five years after they imploded, they are back, with a UK tour announced for April 2024, which will feature material from all four of their albums, including their latest release- Dark Times, an album seething with lyrical anger and passion. Dark Times is the most potent and incisive musical dissection of modern life and contemporary politics released in the last decade. With tracks titles like “So Many Ways To Hurt You”, “Sour Hour”, “Make It Stop!”, “Dumb” and the ground-breaking sonic assault of the title track “Dark Times”, Richard “Kid” Strange proves once again that he has his finger firmly on the pulse of our times, just as he had when he founded the band in 1974.

Produced by John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses, Pink Floyd, XTC, Simple Minds etc), the latest album, Dark Times, features contributions from Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Sarah Jane Morris (Communards), Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Tindersticks etc.), Steve ‘Boltz’ Bolton (The Who, Scott Walker, Atomic Rooster, Paul Young Band etc) and the young protest singer Lily Bud.

With him on stage for this tour will be the thunderous rhythm section who helped him make this record – Japanese musicians Susumu Ukei (bass) and Mackii Ukei (drums).

 

DJANGO JONES & THE MYSTERY MEN

Django Jones and the Mystery Men are a post-punk band from Sheffield, recently bursting onto the live scene with a screeching and energetic sound. With resounding vocals, punching drums, and overdriven guitars, the band’s volatility promises an undeniably relentless experience.

Their addictive debut single ‘Bad For You’ channels the chaotic post-punk energy of their live shows, drawing inspiration from The White Stripes, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Ramones. It is music written for the restless.

“Their reputation as an intense, must-see live act on the scene has stuck around to greet them.” – Gigwise