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Their influence and their importance to Manchester’s music history is legendary, and now, through the dedicated work of Moz Murray, Slaughter and the Dogs could be on their way back, with plans to play their home town once again this October for a 40th anniversary reunion showThis’ll be the punk band’s first show in their original line up for 35 years … but to make it happen Moz needs your help. 

Friend of the band and SATD’s super fan Moz has organised a Kick-starter campaign to raise the funds so that this special one off Manchester reunion show can take place this winter. Backing Moz’s SATD’s campaign fundraiser all the way, Louder Than War spoke to him about why this show has got to happen – check out what he had to say below Cranked Up Really High by Slaughter and the Dogs

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Louder Than War: What’s your own history with the group Moz?

Moz Murray: I knew the band from 1976 growing up in Wythenhawe as a 14 year old kid and became personal friends with them. To me they were always the band that got away and I truly believe they would have been as big as The Smiths, The Stone Roses or even Oasis who were all to follow in later years with various band members from these groups citing the original line up of SATD and the cult songs Cranked Up Really High, Where have all the Boot Boys Gone etc as being the major influence in them starting up their own bands.

How long has it been since they played as SATD’s?

The Original line up actually split up and last played together around 1979 and various other musicians came and went and it seemed SATD were destined to just become a forgotten part of Manchester Music History.

In 1996 Singer Wayne Barret and Guitarist Mick Rossi who both by then had relocated to France and LA respectively were invited to CO Headline The Punk Festival Holidays in the Sun at Blackpool. An event that they have continued to play ever since and have also toured with success the USA and Europe using other band members on bass and drums. I promoted a few acoustic shows for Wayne & Mick and most recently the ‘Setting the Record’ straight show at Sound Control in Manchester Aug 2014.

I also run The Official website (slaughterandthedogs.info) as well as a couple of official Facebook groups for them.

…and now it’s all about getting the SATD reunion show together!

I have been trying to persuade the original line up of Barret / Rossi / Bates / Grantham to do a one of reunion for the past few years and in 2014 I managed to get them all in the same room at The Sound Control gig in Manchester. This then led me to start trying to negotiate once again the possibility of them doing this one off reunion for all the SATD fans who have supported them all these years. 2015 has brought that opportunity with it also being the 40th Anniversary since the band originally started in 1975.

What will it take to make the event happen?

There are many costs involved in trying to put the show together with band members living global and obviously as the band have not played together as a unit in over 35 years time we would need to get them all together in one place and in rehearsals, hotels, venue, etc. I have started a campaign using the Kickstarter platform to get fans to pledge money for which they will receive rewards of their choice in the form of tickets for the show,  a ltd edition DVD of the event, a ltd edition anniversary t-,shirt etc so there are many ways fans can back this. Also, with the way Kickstarter works no one pays a single penny at this stage, only once pledges reach the point where I can ensure that enough funds are available to go ahead with this event will any money get taken.

To see SATD’s play Manchester once again would be a pretty special event eh?

Wayne and Mick have an upcoming tour in June / July of the USA and September in Europe as Slaughter and the Dogs, but The 40th Anniversary Reunion Party planned to be hosted in early October 2014 will be the only show of any type in the UK this year. The full, original line up from 1975 reunited back in their home town of Manchester for a one off Gig October 2015, its got to happen!!!

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The Facbook groups referred to above are here and here.

All words by Carl Stanley. More writing by Carl on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Carl also edits the Your-Own: magazine.

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