|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||power pop new wave british 80s garage rock|
Will Birch (Essex, England) started out on his drumming career in the 60s with local Southend band the Geezenstacks. He then moved on to the Tradewinds who performed two songs and appeared in a BBC television documentary about young people screened in June 1965. Next up came a stint in the Flowerpots with Wilko Johnson, before he played with Surly Bird, Glory, Cow Pie, the Hot Jets, and even a few gigs with Dr. Feelgood. He later joined the Kursaal Fliers when they formed in October 1973. When the Kursaals split in November 1977 Birch formed a partnership with John Wicks who had been the Kursaals lead singer for the last few months of their existence (and also played rhythm guitar). In February 1978 they recruited bass player Phil Brown (ex-the Janets) and guitarist Huw Gower, whom Birch spotted playing a one-off gig with Peter Perretts (the Only Ones) old band, the Ratbites From Hell. This completed the Records, who made their live debut at Bristol...