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Theatre Of Hate to release ‘Slave’ EP; their first new material in decades…

Theatre Of Hate have confirmed the release of the ‘Slave’ EP – comprising 4 tracks of brand new material, the first new material from the band since their implosion in 1982; the band with original members John Lennard on sax and Stan Stammers on bass are also heading out on a short UK tour including the bands sold out Westworld Weekend’ Fri 8th-Sat 9th May 2015; the weekend being an annual highlight in their touring calendar.


1. Eyeless In Gaza
2. Triumph
3. Slave
4. Venice

‘Slave’ will be a limited edition CD EP, the upper surface of the disc being designed to resemble a vinyl EP – Initially made available only via the Theatre Of Hate website and at live dates during the 2014 ‘Slave’ tour, the EP is now set for a full commercial release.

In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack. Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend, Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Theatre Of Hate’s debut double-A-side single, ‘Legon/Original Sin’, topped the independent chart in 1980, and ‘Westworld, their 1982 debut album, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash, held the #1 for 21 weeks. The single taken from the album, ‘Do You Believe In The Westworld?’ has become an anthem and is still widely played in clubs and on international radio, as well as featuring on numerous compilation albums.

Supporting the likes of The Clash, Ian Dury and Spizz Energi lead to Theatre Of Hate headlining major venues across the UK & Northern Europe.

Despite the critical and commercial acclaim Theatre Of Hate imploded in 1982, with Kirk taking Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band has resurfaced over the years to play some very special shows.


Having initially been asked by John Curd to join The Damned for a massive show at London’s infamous Roundhouse in December 2013 the band once again joined the fray. A short set of dates around the London anchor show attracted rave reviews, and spurred the band to continue.

The band currently consisting of Kirk Brandon (Vocals, Guitar), Stan Stammers (Bass), John Lennard (Saxaphone), Danny Farrant (Buzzcocks)(Drums), and Adrian Portas (New Model Army) (Guitar) are heading out on a short UK tour;

Fri 8th-Sat 9th – Westworld Weekend, Crewe (SOLD OUT)
Sun 10th May – The 100 Club, London
Thursday 14th May – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Friday 15th May – Voodoo, Belfast (Supported by Paranoid Visions)
Sat 16th May – The Hanger, Dublin
Sun 17th May – EVAC, Liverpool

Live picture courtesy of Jez Keefe Photography

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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