Sunday 26 July 2020

Crisis - Deeds Not Words

  Crisis ( formed way back in 1977 in Guildford, Surrey, and released their debut single, No Town Hall, the following year on Action Group Records. They went on to record 4 tracks for a John Peel session, releasing the first couple as the UK 79 7" before splitting up in 1980 following a gig supporting Magazine and Bauhaus. The other 2 session tracks appeared posthumously as the Alienation single.

  Then 35 years later, original bassist Tony Wakeford formed a new band, and by 2017 they'd changed the name to Crisis. With Wakeford ably supported by Lloyd James (ex Naevus) on vocals, Aurora Lee on drums/vocals and Clive Giblin (ex Alternative TV) on guitar/vocals they're back gigging and releasing great music.

  Their first release since the 80's came in the form of last year's The Hammer And The Anvil single ( and they're going to be following it up very shortly with a 12" ep titled Escalator.

  Deeds Not Words is the first track to be released from the ep and sees Aurora Lee take centre stage on vocals which is apt as the song is based on the rallying cry of Emmeline Pankhurst who thought more direct action was needed in the battle for women's rights around the time she helped create the Women's Social and Political Union (The Suffragettes). It's an impressive left leaning old school slice of post-punk that bodes well for the ep....

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