The ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE started in 1980 as a four piece, with original members Animal, Magoo, Bones and Baggy. They played a few shows together at local venues and soon got a reputation for being an obnoxious band with a bad attitude. But within a short space of time members Bones and Baggy left due to work and tour commitments were replaced by Winston and PJ and went on tour with The Damned.
By 1981 the band had written and recorded their first album ‘We are the League’ which was at no 1 for many weeks in the independent charts along with 3 singles ‘Streets of London’, ’I Hate People’ and ‘Woman’, although the album was very successful for the band it did not include the song ‘So What’ because of legal restraints of obscenity laws so the band took the album on the road for the now infamous ‘So What Tour’.
By 1983 the band were riding high and brought in a second Guitarist ‘Gilly’ to add a more musical sound and recorded the aggressive live album ‘Live in Yugoslavia’. Later on in 1983 PJ was sacked and JB took over drumming and the band had finished writing their second studio album ‘Branded’ but due to management bad finances the album never got recorded and the band were sent on tour to keep them ‘quiet’.
After the release of their last single ‘Out in the Wasteland’ in 1985 the band became disillusioned with the whole music scene and had lost their way in what direction the band should be going so decided on one last major tour to get inspiration, Australia was calling. The Australian tour turned out to be very good for the band and the ‘Perfect Crime’ album was written and regenerated some enthusiasm again, thanks to Australian Punks.
But by the time the ‘Crime’ album got recorded the band were not happy with the end result, although the album was written with electric guitars it ended up using synthesizers and fell into oblivion, so finally in 1989 the band recorded ‘The Final Farewell’ show in the Victoria Hall, Southborough and soon after decided to call it a day and split.
It was in 1991 that the band made the decision to get back together thanks to Metallica covering their song ‘So What’ and asking Animal to join them up on stage to sing the song live with them at Wembley. Although the band were enthusiastic about rebuilding the band musically they had a lot of work ahead of them and because of the Metallica’s tie up with the band they drifted into a more metal area with the introduction of ‘Revvin Kev’ on drums.
JB had not rejoined the band along with Gilly so with the new line up of Animal, Magoo, Winston, Revvin and new second guitarist Beef they set about booking some European tours and recorded a few tracks to warm up. Although Metallica inspired the bands reforming the metal edge was not working for them, songs, ‘Talk Dirty to Me’, ‘Judges and Whores’ and ‘London Boys’ from their recently released EP ‘Pig Iron’ did not cut the mustard so Animal and Magoo started working on the ‘Scum’ album which was going to bring the band back to their Punk roots.
In the late nineties and after a couple of USA tours of hard work and little money Winston decided enough was enough and left the band, he was replaced by Jon Jon who filled Winston’s shoes nicely and the band were back in business.
After numerous appearances at festivals and many short tours Magoo could not balance the touring with his daytime job and had to quit the band he was also having trouble with stage nerves, this meant Animal was the only original member. So after many band member changes with in the next couple of years Animal started writing the ‘Kings and Queens’ album with ‘Jez’ the new guitarist.
With the line up now Animal, Jez, Shady and Nato they were back on the road pushing a new album and were again a force to be reckoned with. In 2006 Animal wrote the ‘Road to Rampton’ an album he said he had to do, it was his life story that picked up a new audience within the rock world and was hailed as a Punk musical it showed the band was now capable of playing loud and confidently crossing Punk with metal.
These days the band are firing on all cylinders, touring with bands like Rancidand playing the big festivals like Download and Rebellion. Also Animal re-joined Metallica back up on stage to play their 30th birthday bash in San Francisco which proved with out a doubt that Metal and Punk can stand side by side.
But in 2012 and after a very difficult Australian tour Jez parted company from the band and Tommy ‘H’ took up the top position on guitar then sadly within a year Nato had to leave the band due to army commitments and was replaced on the drums by ‘crazy’ Sam Carnage which is now the current line-up.
In 2016 the band released their definitive album ‘The Cage’ which is an insight of how “we all live in cages we have built for ourselves” and has been hailed as their finest to date. 2017 saw the release of their ‘covers’ album ‘League Style’….’ Loosen up volume 1’ a collection of Reggae songs that Animal and Winston grew up with, but giving the songs a ‘guitar feel’ incorporating Tom’s magnificent guitar work. Unfortunately Shady has had health issues and Barnsytheir roadie/sound engineer has stepped in to play bass…
So to sum up, the band are now playing live and recording, 'doing what they do best’ - swimming against the flow of the controlled 'music business’, again proving Punk is the last music rebellion and still a major music force to be reckoned with.
plus special guests LEFT
Eyes LEFT! This fresh new Post-Punk act provide a wild, exuberant romp. Get here early, that's all we're saying!
THE ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE & LEFT are here on Thursday 24th October 2019. Doors at 8pm.
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