The Distractions on Saturday 13th June 2020
“One of Manchester’s legendary bands”
The Distractions were very well known on the post-punk music scene. They released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels to excellent reviews, as well as sharing bills with Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Members, Squeeze and many others.
They played all corners of the UK and Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up.
The new version of the band has been doing headline gigs since the start of 2017. In January and September 2018 they did two sell out gigs at the Dublin Castle in London to excellent reviews. They have also supported bands such as The Flamin’ Groovies, Monochrome Set and Penetration. They supported the Buzzcocks (with whom they used to share rehearsal space back in the day) in December 2019 and have an upcoming gig at The Half Moon in Putney with Department S in April 2020
David Hepworth described their debut album, “Nobody’s Perfect” as, “An enchanting and vaguely disturbing collection of vulnerable pop”
In 2016 two of the original members, vocalist Mike Finney and drummer Alex got together with some friends to play at a memorial gig for Manchester punk legend John the Postman. It went down so well they decided to continue as a live act, playing their singles as well as songs from the album “Nobody’s Perfect” as well as new material written by the band. The new members are Chris Dutton, Johnny Poole and Joe Brehony who have played in many Manchester bands such as: Kill Pretty, Blue Orchids, The Fall, The Gift Shop and The Things.
The band has recorded new material and hope to have an EP out in 2020.
There is also a remixed version of ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ as well as a bonus CD set of unreleased material on the ‘Man in the Moon’ label scheduled for release in March 2020
The new line-up of the Distractions is steeped in the Manchester musical tradition and is attracting a new generation of fans who appreciate classic songs and storming live sets!
“One of the great lost bands of the New Wave era” (Blurt magazine. USA)
“The Distractions use the past rather than get eaten by it” David Quantick
Music Genres: Alternative, Indie, Punk
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