Bandography – The Bad Robots

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Formed out of a common need to find a bass player (I drew the short straw) TBR were a 100mph, foot stomping, mosh pit inducing punk ska band. After the proverbial baptism of fire – our first gig was supporting The Bravery in front of the famously discerning crowd at The Proud Galleries, a gig which prompted NMEs Mark Beaumont to call us ‘F*cking brilliant‘ – we quickly worked our way up the heirachy of the North London unsigned circuit, and within a year we found ourselves with a headline slot at The Barfly’s flagship Camden Town venue. It was at about this time we were offered a ‘wild card’ slot on a new primary channel TV programme. We knew it was a risk, but we felt the presence of Radio 1’s Jo Whiley and Universal Records’s Simon Gavin lent the show some credibility. This led to a 12 week run, a UK tour supporting some of the best known UK acts at the time (The Hoosiers, My Young Pony Club, Kate Nash)…

A London Metro Band of the Week review describing us as ‘a cross between The Clash and The Beach Boys’ helped boost our city wide popularity and the last night of our residency as headliners and curators at band favourite venue The Enterprise sold out. The fall out from the show included a nationwide tour headlining Barfly venues, a return to Proud to support Dirty Pretty Things, and culminated with the recording of The Enterprise EP (so called after the aforementioned venue).

Sadly despite being briefly managed by B-Unique records, courted by Fierce Panda and flown to Norway by Waterfall Records nothing stuck and we made a decision to try something new.

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