The hottest punk rock band in the U.K. have had a change of personnel and it’s a bit of a coup. Joe Whyte reports.


I’ve been raving about Heavy Drapes for over a year now. If you’ve not been aware of them in the punk scene you must have been marooned on a desert island this last twelve months. They are, without doubt, the hottest property in punk rock in Britain at the moment. Incessant touring, a massive online profile and the piece de resistance, a show-stopping performance in front of 2000 people on the main stage at Rebellion Festival have seen Heavy Drapes shift up yet another gear in their inexorable rise and rise.

This is a bit of a scoop; Louder Than War have the privilege of being first to break the news of a new addition to this very dysfunctional happy family. Original bassist Jerry has now left the band after a couple of years. This sort of thing would derail lesser bands. Not Heavy Drapes. They’ve only gone and added Paul Research, guitarist from 80’s nearly-famous post-punkers Scars. The move to bass is at his own request, apparently.

Dee Liberate, front-man and motor-mouth of Heavy Drapes had this to say about the change. (NB, all words are the singers own!)

” Jerry left as he wasn’t pretty enough. He’s a phenomenal bassist but he couldn’t cope with the pace the band were moving at. The first time I noticed there was an issue was after a London show when we were mobbed and he flapped at it. It seems to be all too much for him; it’s 24/7 job being in Heavy Drapes and he couldn’t cope with that. As regards Paul Research, I wanted him in the band as he’ll make us 25% more handsome and rather than have him him on my bedroom wall, I’ll have him in my band, thank you very much.”

“Scars were the coolest Edinburgh band, which is in itself quite an achievement. To secure Paul is completely unexpected. Paul made this happen himself. His art school pals will be horrified that he’s hooked up with Sham boot boys……”

Scars (not “The” Scars”) were conceived very early on in Edinburgh’s punk scene. Paul Research and Rab King were well-known punk faces from the very earliest days. The band quickly evolved from a typical in-yer-face punk mob into a thoughtful, literary, stark and very innovative band. Their debut single on Bob Last’s Fast Product (Adult/ery/Horrorshow) has been described as Scotland’s “Anarchy In The U.K.” and while I wouldn’t go that far, it certainly took punk rock in the capital into a very different if similarly threatening direction. Scars released one album, the major label “Author! Author”” before dissolving in acrimony and bad advice. There was one brief flirtation with a reformation a few years back but it seems old tensions quickly resurfaced. Incidentally, that album is due to be re-released in a remastered package this year. Robert King now resides in France and his project Opium Kitchen and his solo work are LTW favourites. See Gus Ironside’s review here.

Anyway, back to Heavy Drapes-world; Research joining the band is something of a revelation. The meeting, if you like, of Edinburgh’s original punk scene with the new breed. They’re a band that are always seemingly on the verge of an acute psychiatric crisis and this could be the best or the worst thing they’ve done yet. I’ll tell you one thing; there’s never a dull moment with Heavy Drapes. We await the next installment of this punk rock soap opera with bated breath.

You can see the new mans debut at this on 9/9/17.

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Joe Whyte is guitarist with punk rockin' Johnny Cash tribute Jericho Hill and reformed 70's punks Reaction. He has formerly played with End Result, Reverend Snakehips Country Messiahs, God-Fearing Atheists and many, many other failed attempts at rock notoriety. Joe also writes for Vive Le Rock and Louder Than War magazine. He lives in Glasgow and in his other less glamorous life works in mental health.


  1. As an adjunct to this piece and in the interests of fairness, I’ve asked Jerry for his response. Apologies for the time-lapse but here it is in his own words. I’ve not edited this in any way at all.I’m making no judgement here and I think it’s only decent to let the guy have his say.
    “Not sure if you will want to publish any of the following but here is what has gone down from my angle. In the LTW piece, Garry asserts that I quit the band because I couldn’t cope with the pace of things. He also says that he noticed there was an issue after a London show when we were mobbed and I flapped at it. That just isn’t true, plain and simple. We weren’t mobbed and there was no flapping either. You know me and I have always been open, warm and friendly to people who have been to the shows. A few weeks ago I flipped out and actually said the words “ I quit”. This was because I had to find money which I just don’t have or have any means of getting. I have been stressed out over money and other personal issues which I won’t go in to here. The guys all knew I was going through a stressful period in my life but still don’t know the true extent of that. However, Garry spoke to me on the phone and reassured me that I didn’t have to worry about the money and that something can always be worked out. I thanked him for that and decided to get on with it and stop worrying about the money. People quitting the band isn’t a new phenomenon, the others have all quit the band at some point over the last 12 years (yes 12 years not 2).Then a few days after the Rebellion show I got a pretty short text out of the blue from Garry to say that the band have “ Decided to cut me loose” because my heart isn’t in it and my head is not in the right place. He went on to cite my “ sharp exit” after Rebellion as evidence that the band weren’t my priority. He also went on to say that I had no involvement in anything that would push the band forward, referring to me not staying around after the rebellion show to network, not doing enough on social media etc. Historically I have always taken a back seat as far as publicity is concerned purely because Garry is an expert at that kind of thing and knows how that all works. What’s the point in having a dog and barking yourself right? I am not the only one who hasn’t done much shouting about the band on fud book. For my part, I have always been committed to the band, the past six months have been stressful and by my own admission I have been pretty low key but these are the times in your life when you need understanding, patience and support from your friends. I thought I could rely on the guys for all of that until I got through a rough patch in my life but you live and learn! It’s no surprise that they have recruited Paul, he’s been jamming with Richie for weeks now so they didn’t just pluck him out of the ether. I loved doing the shows and went to Blackpool at my own expense as I did with other shows. I would have no doubt got through my personal issues given time and become a fully functioning Drape again. It seems that I have given the guys the bullets to fire at me, pity they are all blanks though. The cynic in me tells me that this has been in the planning for a while now and given the weakness of the reasons to fire me, it looks like a calculated move to bring in a “name” and boost the bands profile. There isn’t much point in speculating though, I am pretty philosophical about the whole thing and it is what it is as they say. For whatever reason, they have made a choice and you have to respect peoples choices. Good luck to them. However, what I can’t and don’t respect or appreciate are a few cursory lines in a text message from a 53 year old man on behalf of two other 50 year old men, telling me that after 12 years (yes really 12 years) I have been cut loose. Personally I find that shabby and a bit shameful. These are my last words on the whole saga. Oh yes not quite! As for being pretty? Well I’m not sure what Garry is going to do for a face when the creature from the black lagoon wants his arse back. Over and out.

    Jerry Crowe nee Dangerous”


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