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This Portsmouth, England-based pop punk band formed in 1983, with a line-up comprising Ade (vocals, guitar), Ian Campbell (lead guitar), Pete White (bass) and Brian Lee (drums). However, nine months and two demos later, Ade was joined by Daryn Price (drums), Keith Metcalfe (bass) and Davie Egan (guitar) in the band’s second incarnation. After the single ‘Wherever You May Run’, they found favour with BBC disc jockey John Peel who secured a session for them on his show. The 12-inch EP Released Emotions followed on Quiet Records (they would, confusingly, join a record company with the same title, so called because its boss was a fan of the band). Metcalfe was replaced by a temporary bass player before Steve (ex-Original Mirrors) took over on bass. The highlight of 1987 was a support slot at the Polderock Festival in Belgium alongside the Mission, Primitives and Sonic Youth. Now on the Released Emotions label, they recorded a joint album with the Sect, titled Soft Lights And Loud Guitars. This attracted a series of good reviews and they also appeared on the Link Records sampler Underground Rockers, alongside other bands of a similar persuasion such as Mega City Four and the Price. Egan left shortly afterwards, to be replaced by their present guitarist Ray. After a double a-sided single they completed work on their first full album, More Songs About Love And War, featuring material in a rockier vein.

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'90s, '00s

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