Sunday December 3rd, 8pm, The Main Room
Formed in Surrey, England, in the summer of 1977, The Members played at the Roxy and all the other Punk clubs on the London circuit. Their first single, Solitary Confinement, was released on Stiff records in 1978 and is now a collector’s item. They then signed to Virgin Records and their first single there, The Sound of the Suburbs, was a British Top Ten hit selling 250,000 copies in 3 months and it has since sold over 1,000,000 copies.
Their debut LP, At the Chelsea Nightclub, was listed as one of the top 20 Punk LPs by Record Collector. In 1983 they moved to Martin Rushent’s Electro / 80’s label, Genetic to record to the classic Uprhythm, Downbeat album broadening their sound with horns. The single Working Girl from that album was a huge hit in the USA and Radio was a No1. record in other territories, including Australia. During the 80’s The Members toured endlessly across North America experiencing the elation of huge shows in New York and Los Angeles.
Since reforming in 2007 The Members have re-established themselves as one of the best bands from the Punk and Post Punk Period. The current lineup of JC Carroll, Chris Payne and Nick Cash have played prestigious shows at the Isle of Wright and Glastonbury Festivals, toured the World, released seven albums, played hundreds of shows and for 3 years the legend of the Damned, Rat Scabies, was behind the kit.
The band’s songwriter, guitarist JC Carroll, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and film composer, has played accordion for Marlon Bardo and Johnny Depp (for the 1994 film Don Juan DeMarco) and has written movie scores for Julien Temple as well as recording his own solo work. Bass player and singer, Chris Paynes’, Reggae bass style has shaped the band since 1977 and Fad Gadget Drummer, Nick Cash, has been a constant, collaborator, friend and supporter for over 15 years. Since 2009 The Members have recorded four studio albums and two live albums, the latest record being the critically acclaimed Bedsitland, the title track of which reached No1. in the UK heritage charts in 2022. There are rumors that this will be the last United Kingdom and Ireland tour so catch them whilst you can.