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THE WALL: Return of Original 70’s Punk Band

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The Wall are a first wave punk band which grew out of the local music scene in Sunderland in early 1978.

The band’s debut single ‘New Way’ (B-side ‘Uniforms’ and ‘Suckers’) was recorded at a studio in Wallsend in April 1979 (the Roman wall close by giving both the place and the band their names).  Released by legendary indie label Small Wonder and championed by John Peel, the success of the single led the band to relocate to London.

The next single, ‘Kiss the Mirror’/ ‘Exchange’ (also on Small Wonder), was the first production project for Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook.  The band then signed to indie Fresh Records and released one of their best known singles ‘Ghetto’ (produced by Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69), and an album ‘Personal Troubles & Public Issues’.

Relentless touring and success of the indie releases led to a major deal with Polydor and a support slot on Stiff Little Fingers’ ‘Go For It’ national tour in May 1981. This coincided with the release of the single ‘Remembrance’ on Polydor, followed by the ‘Hobby For A Day’ EP by Fresh (the last record under the Fresh deal).

The Wall’s second album ‘Dirges & Anthems’ was released by Polydor in April 1982, followed by 2 further singles (‘Epitaph’ and the ‘Day Tripper’ EP).  The band ceased to be active in late 1982.

After a long hibernation, The Wall reformed in August 2007 to perform at the Rebellion festival in Blackpool with many original members present.

A new and leaner lineup has reformed for 2016, spurred by an invitation to play at the Rebellion ’40th Anniversary of Punk’ Festival, featuring original vocalist Andy Griffiths and original guitarists Andy Forbes and Al Gregg. A new rhythm powerhouse underpins the band, Mark Gibson (formerly of LostAlone) on drums and Day Raven on bass.

To mark the occasion, the band has recorded a new single ‘Damnation Disco’/’The Antagonist’, to be available as a limited edition 12″ vinyl only release in mid-July 2016, and has booked a mini-tour of shows in Newcastle, Scotland and London to warm up for Rebellion.  The new single will also be available on streaming platforms very soon.

Check The Wall out on Facebook (‘The Wall – punk band’), Instagram (‘the_wall_punk’) and Twitter (‘@the_wall_punk’)..



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