Pre Stone Roses band, The Patrol, demo surfaces
Pre Stone Roses band, The Patrol, demo surfaces

In 1981 before the Stone Roses there was a band of school friends called The Patrol. they played ahandfull of gigs and cut a demo- a couple of the tracks are on the youtuve linbk below.

It’s far better than it should be. You can hear the Clash influence but the songs are really strong for a band that had formed weeks before. The drums from Si Wolstencroft are really good

Pre Stone Roses band, The Patrol, demo surfaces
Pre Stone Roses band, The Patrol, demo surfaces
with that Topper flavour to them and John Squire’s guitar is already very accomplished. The vocals are mainly by Andy Couzens whose youthful voice sounds good.

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  1. Rarer than a Topper drumming fluff! Saw them at the Annexe Youth Club in Sale and South Trafford College. I went to Burnage High School (rough!) with their first bass player Pete Garner who also had a part-time job in Paperchase records in M/cr…heady days!

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