Sunday, October 26, 2008
Revered post-punk act The Nightingales formed in 1979 out of the ashes of The Prefects, one of Birmingham's original punk bands. Despite opening for the Buzzcocks, the Clash, Subway Sect, etc the Prefects' total recorded output amounted to two Peel Sessions (released posthumously). The Nightingales fared better, releasing three albums and close to a dozen EPs during the 80s, as well as recording umpteen further Peel Sessions. Singer Robert Lloyd reformed the band a few years ago and they released the Out Of True album in 2006. It was so good it made my MRR year-end top 10. For a band to reform and actually improve on its earlier output is a rare thing indeed.
The Nightingales have yet another new record out this year and are touring in the US. They're playing in San Francisco soon (yeah my band is opening but I had planned this post before I found that out) so get excited.
The Prefects (1978) - "Things In General" mp3
The Nightingales (1981) - "Idiot Strength" mp3