List of bands from Bristol

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This is a list of notable music groups, musicians and singers from, and associated with, the English city of Bristol and its surrounding areas (including North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, Western Wiltshire, and South Gloucestershire).

A[edit]

  • The Agents: Post Punk band (1980–1983). In 1981 they released in Germany the single and album called ‘Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy’. They split up in 1983, with members Richard Snow, Dave and Steve Libby going on to form Force Majeure.
  • Airbus: Rock band (1987-2002), formed by Nick Davidge, James Childs, Chris Fielden and Simon Hedges. They released 3 LPs, but their most notable recording was 'Airbus Reconstructed' on the B-side of Portishead's 'Sour Times' single.
  • Rodney Allen: Guitarist and songwriter. Released the Happysad LP on The Subway Organization in 1987, and after a brief spell in The Chesterfields joined The Blue Aeroplanes.
  • Allflaws: Electronic, Industrial and Trip Hop group (2004–present). Created by producer, vocalist and songwriter Gabriel Curran.
  • Andy Fairley, poet and singer in Fish Food (with Howard Purse), The Birth of Sharon (with Howard Purse) and produced a solo album (System Vertigo) for On U Sound. Retrospective album, Fish Food Vs The Birth of Sharron, released 3 February 2013
  • Animal Magic: 1980 - 82 Brassy sextet led by vocalist Howard Purse, Punk funk hardcore dance floor sensibility. Two sessions for John Peel and two singles for Recreational Records. Contributed one track to 'Touchdown' compilation on Fontana.
  • Apartment: Post Punk band (1979–1980) formed by Alan Griffiths released double A-sided single 'The Car'/'Winter' in 1980 on Heartbeat Records also featured on the 1979 Bristol compilation album 'Avon Calling'
  • Art Objects: New Wave “Art band” (1978–1981). Fronted by Bristol Beat Poet Gerard Langley, brother John Langley on drums, dancer Wojtek Dmochowski (all later of The Blue Aeroplanes), plus bassist Bill Stair and guitarists/brothers Jonjo and Robin Key. They released 2 singles, and the album ‘Bagpipe Music’ on local label Heartbeat Records.
  • Aspects: Hip Hop group (1996–present). The outfit's core members are emcees El Eye and Mantis, producer Specify and beatbox Monkey Moo.

B[edit]

  • Bad Company UK (Formerly Bad Company) Formed in 1998. One of the most influential Drum and Bass groups / artists of all time, and their single called "The Nine" has been voted as the greatest drum and bass single of all time.
  • Geoff Barrow: Producer, songwriter and instrumentalist (born 1971). Founder member of Portishead. In 1991, he assisted on the recording of Massive Attack's breakthrough album Blue Lines.
  • Beatnik Filmstars : Lo-Fi Noise pop band (1990–2008)Signed to MERGE RECORDS.
  • Beat Route 38: Bristol based Hip Hop group originally formed by 2 MC's - Truck and Gee Swift. Mr Fantastic joined as DJ shortly after and 4th member Dr Krome joined a couple of years later as 2nd DJ.
  • Babyhead Ska / Hip Hop fusion band formed 1998 and still gigging.
  • Acker Bilk: Clarinetist and songwriter (born 1929). Best known for his 1961 UK hit single, "Stranger on the Shore", which also became the first British recording to reach #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.
  • Black Roots: A roots reggae band from the St. Paul's area of Bristol, formed in 1979. Their first (self-titled) album was released on their own Nubian label, and the band was commissioned by the BBC to write and record the theme song to the sitcom The Front Line. They released several other albums before they stopped touring in 1990 and officially disbanded in 1995.
  • The Blue Aeroplanes: Art rock guitar band (1983–present). Formed out of the ashes of Art Objects, over its lifetime the band has had a fluid membership, with the 2 constants being Gerard Langley as “singer” and Wojtek Dmochowski (dancer). The band became the official owners of The Fleece live music venue in May 2010 after bassist Chris Sharp purchased the lease.
  • Blue Side of Midnight 1982-1986. A Rock band formed 1982 that gained a strong following and toured both the UK and Europe.
  • Beki Bondage: Rebecca Louise Bond, singer and musician (born 1963). Came to prominence as a member of Bristol Punk Band Vice Squad.
  • Chris Bostock: Bassist, songwriter and producer (born 1962). Member of The Stingrays, The X-Certs, Subway Sect, JoBoxers and played with Dave Stewart and The Spiritual Cowboys.
  • The Bohana Mouse Band: Jazz Funk band with Paul Owen (Vocals), Martin Tutton (Guitar), Paul Onslow-Carey (Drums), and Jon Fifield (Percussion). They were the first release on Circus Records with their 12" single 'F', in 1981.
  • Pete Brandt’s Method: Large jazz-funk band led by Pete Brandt. Their only single, ‘What You Are/ Positive Thinking’ was released on Fried Egg Records in 1980. Pete Brandt is now producing melodic acoustic folk.
  • Breakbeat Era: Short-lived British project, that combined the breakbeat talent of drum and bass producers, Roni Size and DJ Die, with the vocals of singer Leonie Laws.
  • Brent Ford and the Nylons: Bristol based Punk / Rhythm 'n Blues band from the late 1970s, featuring Keith Warmington - harmonica and vocals, Steve Payne - guitar and vocals, Chris Green - guitar and vocals, Phil Topham - bass guitar, Paul Taylor - drums.
  • The Brilliant Corners: Indie band that encompassed a variety of musical styles over its lifetime (1983–1993). They released a series of albums and singles, including one for the charity Mencap, called Brian Rix. Subsequently Davey Woodward and Chris Galvin formed the Experimental Pop Band in 1995.
  • Bronnt Industries Kapital: Musical project based around producer and multi-instrumentalist Guy Bartell. They have released three studio albums, ‘Virtute et Industria’, ‘Häxan’ and ‘Hard for Justice’.
  • Thomas Brooman: A drummer and along with Bob Hooton, a record label owner (Wavelength Records), magazine editor (The Bristol Recorder) and founder of WOMAD. He co-founded Real World Records with Peter Gabriel in 1987, and was appointed a CBE in 2008; he was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to music and to charity.
  • Angelo Bruschini: Rock guitarist who has been a member of The Numbers, The Rimshots, The Blue Aeroplanes, and now Massive Attack. He produced Strangelove's eponymous album in 1997. He also played guitar on Jane Taylors’ award-winning single "Blowing This Candle Out" in 2003.
  • Danny Byrd: Drum and Bass DJ, producer and musician from Bath. His first record release was in 1998, a 12” single entitled 'Manhattan'.
  • Pete Byrne: Songwriter and singer (born 1954, Bath, Somerset). Originally part of the short-lived group Neon with Rob Fisher. Both went on to form the pop duo Naked Eyes, and had a hit record with their cover version of "Always Something There to Remind Me".

C[edit]

  • Candado Palado: Pop punk semi novelty band (1977-9) which supported many of the better known bands of the time including Cortinas, Shoes for Industry, Joe Public and The Spics.
  • Cassette Culture: Lo fi indie rock band (2010–present)
  • Cauda Pavonis: Death Rock. dark wave Gothic rock band, formed around the core due of husband and wife team Su and David Wainwright. 1989–present. Have issued 6 full length albums and numerous eps and singles.
  • The Cautioners: A new three-piece alternative rock band just started to burst into the music scene with their new explosive EP, "Conditional Identity". More EPs and live performances are sure to follow as they were recently signed by Scylla Records.
  • Chaos UK: Hardcore punk band (1979–present). Originally signed to Riot City Records, they have toured the world and released numerous albums and singles.
  • Chaotic Dischord: Punk band (1981–1988). Initially formed as a joke, by members of Vice Squad and their road crew, to prove a point to Simon Edwards of Riot City Records. They subsequently went on to be one of the label's best-selling acts.
  • The Chesterfields: Indie pop band from Yeovil, Somerset (1984–1989). They garnered Indie Chart Hits for their singles and albums on Bristols' The Subway Organization label, as well as their own Household label.
  • Chikinki: Funk band that evolved into electro-pop (1996–present). Originally signed to Bristol label Sink and Stove Records who released their debut album Experiment with Mother, they then joined Island Records, but were later dropped.
  • Gary Clail: Rap singer and producer. Part of On-U Sound Records and led Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System. His 1991 single ‘Human Nature’ released as Gary Clail On-U Sound System reached #10 in the UK chart.
  • Claytown Troupe: An alternative rock band from Bristol, Bath, and Weston-super-Mare, England. (1984–1993, 2004–present). Formed by lead singer Christian Riou. They have produced albums for Island Records and EMI.
  • Climie Fisher: Pop duo (1987–1990), formed by former Naked Eyes keyboardist Rob Fisher and vocalist Simon Climie. They are best known for the 1987/88 hit singles "Love Changes (Everything)" and the hip hop-styled remix of "Rise to the Occasion".
  • Russ Conway: Pianist and composer (1925–2000). He had a cumulative total of 83 weeks on the UK Singles Chart in 1959, including two number one records: ‘Side Saddle’ and ‘Roulette’. He appeared as himself in French and Saunders' 1994 Christmas special, playing ‘Side Saddle’ in their spoof of The Piano.
  • Roger Cook: Singer and Songwriter (born 1940, Fishponds, Bristol). Has written many hits, usually with his writing partner Roger Greenaway, for themselves and other recording artists. Was a member of The Kestrels, David and Jonathan and Blue Mink.
  • The Cortinas: Originally started as a R&B Band, but is more famous for its Punk and New Wave incarnations (1976–1978). Featured bassist Dexter Dalwood, guitarists Mike Fewings, drummer Daniel Swan (Sneetches) and future Clash member Nick Sheppard. They split up in the same year they released, on CBS, their debut album, ‘True Romances’.
  • Colonel Kilgores: A visual live act and recording artist who released a 12 inch single 'Colonel Kilgores Vietnamese Formation Surf Team Napalm Blues'
  • The Cougars: Rock instrumental group (1961–1964). They had a modest UK hit in 1963 with the single, "Saturday Nite at the Duck-Pond", which was based on a small section of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, and was consequently banned by the BBC.
  • Crescent: Alternative band whose music is described as slow, minimalistic and melancholy (Early 1990s onwards). Shares members in common with Movietone.
  • Cridge (DJ Producer): DJ on the Rave scene, with a diverse musical outlook who went on to join Up Bustle & Out in the mid 90's and also form various drum & bass/dubstep offshoots alongside Suv from Reprazent.
  • Crow hailer: an indie/folk band from Bristol, England. Their debut album was released on Velvet Antler Records in 2012.
  • Adge Cutler: Alan John Cutler Scrumpy and Western singer and songwriter (1930–1974). Originator of the description Scrumpy and Western music, and founder of The Wurzels in 1966. Best known for his minor UK hit single in 1967 (and unofficial West Country Anthem), 'Drink Up Thy Zider'.

D[edit]

  • Daddy G: Grantley Evan Marshall (Daddy G) DJ and singer (born 1959). Former member of The Wild Bunch and founding member of the band Massive Attack in 1988.
  • David and Jonathan: Name used by Bristolian pop duo Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook after The Kestrels. They wrote the songs "This Golden Ring" and "You've Got Your Troubles" for the group The Fortunes. In 1966 they teamed up with George Martin and did a cover of The Beatles' "Michelle", which was a hit single in both the UK and the US.
  • Robert Del Naja: Also known as 3D or "D". Artist, vocalist and musician (born 1965). Originally a graffiti artist and a member of The Wild Bunch, Del Naja went on to become a founding member of the band Massive Attack.
  • The Death of Mr. Smith - Five piece grunge/alternative band. Founded by Orlando Collins (Vocals and Guitars), Tom Armstrong (Guitars), Theo Gardner (Guitars), Alex Perkins (Bass), Gabe Palmer (Drums).
  • Devious: Commercial Hard Rock (1993–1996). Mike Blakemore (Vocals), Phil Rossitor (Guitars), Andy Muse (Bass), Lee Godbert (Drums), Paul Godbert (Guitars, 1993-1994).
  • DJ Die: Daniel Kausman, formed a partnership with Jody Wisternoff (who later formed Way Out West with Nick Warren). He was a core member of Reprazent and later in 1998 became one third of Breakbeat Era.
  • Disorder: Hardcore Punk band (1980–present). Bass guitarist Phil Lovering (of The X-Certs) joined the ever changing line up in 1982 and has remained the only constant member since then. Their own label Disorder Records was an offshoot of Heartbeat Records.
  • Double Vision: A mix between Ska and Reggae (1979–1981). Melanie Dicks (singer), Dan Stevens (guitar), Hilda Ash (bass guitar) Ed Ash (guitar) Neil Mcdougall (percussion).
  • Dragons: Indie rock band (2005–present). Formed by singer Anthony Tombling Jr and drummer David Francolini, the band also includes Adam Coombs (synthesizer), Calvin Talbot (guitar), Will Crewdson (guitar) and Jim Fage (bass). Their debut album ‘Here are the Roses’ was released in 2007.
  • Dr Meaker Drum N Bass, Dubstep, Regaae 7 piece band 2001–present. The band consists of Clive Meaker (Keyboards, synths), Lorna King (Vocals), Ben Wood (Sax), Rob Childs (Bass, Double Bass), Jon Winder (Trumpet). Album A Lesson From The Speaker was released on 17 November 2008 and followed up with an EP The Acoustic Sessions.
  • Drift Disorder: Indie rock band (2012–present). Formed by the bass player and singer Naui T. Serra, the guitarist Arnau Giribet "A.G" March and the drummer Jordan Andrews.

E[edit]

  • The Eagles: Instrumental rock band (1958–1964) formed at the Eagles House Club in Bristol. In 1962 Ron Grainer (composer of the Doctor Who theme) had them contribute to the soundtrack of his film ‘Some People’, about a fictional Bristol band not unlike themselves.
  • Earthling Trip Hop band (1990s). They produced several singles, 12”s and two albums (the first album, 1995’s ‘Radar’ had scratching and guitar by Geoff Barrow of Portishead, and the second ‘Humandust’ was (released in 2004 after they had split).
  • East of Eden, a progressive rock band formed in 1967
  • Electric Guitars: Esoteric pop/funk band (1979–1983). After initially recording singles for local labels (Fried Egg Records and Recreational Records) and contributing live tracks to the first edition of The Bristol Recorder, the band was signed to Stiff Records. They released in total 5 singles and 2 post break-up albums (one download only).
  • Manny Elias: Drummer and songwriter (born 1953 in Calcutta, India). Originally a member of the pop/rock band Interview from Bath, in 1982 he began working with Tears for Fears on the albums The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair, and has co-writing credits on "The Way You Are" and "The Working Hour". He left Tears for Fears in 1986, and has provided percussion on albums for such artists as Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill and Julian Lennon.
  • Matt Elliott: Guitarist and singer playing dark folk music, also producer and remixer. Until 2001 he produced and recorded under the name The Third Eye Foundation.
  • Rob Ellis: Robert Damian Ellis (born 1962) is a rock drummer, producer, and arranger. He is best known for his work with PJ Harvey, with whom he has been most closely associated as producer, arranger and musician since 1990.
  • The Escape: Post Punk-Goth band (1981–1984) formed by Alan Griffiths & Emil from Apartment with bassist Stuart Morgan. Released one single on their own Volatile Records label. In 1983 signed to Phonogram Records / Mercury Records & released 2 singles.
  • Europeans: New Wave Band (1977–1979). Their self-titled single ‘Europeans’ was the second release on Heartbeat Records. Jon Klein, guitarist, went on to form Specimen and later played with Siouxie & the Banshees.
  • Evita: Melodic metalcore band (2006–2009). They released their debut EP in 2007 on Bristol-based label Glasstone Records, and an album in 2009 on Basick Records.

F[edit]

  • The Fans: Guitar band (1978–1980). Consisting of George Smith, Barry Cook, Tony Bird and Rob Williams, their first release was an EP with ‘Giving Me That Look In Your Eyes/Stay The Night’ and a version of Jim Reeves’ song ‘He'll Have To Go’. A second single in 1980 had ‘You Don't Live Here Anymore/Following you’.
  • Rob Fisher: Rob Fisher (1956–1999) was a British keyboardist and songwriter from Cheltenham. His early bands included The Xtians and Whitewing, and in 1979 he joined up with Pete Byrne in Bath to form Neon. He achieved chart success in the UK, Europe and North America as a member of Naked Eyes (again with Pete Byrne), and later Climie Fisher (with Simon Climie).
  • Fire At William: A hardcore punk metal band (2011–present) there single is out soon "Another Face In The Crowd" with a E.P to follow.
  • Five Knuckle: A punk and hardcore band, popular within the UK punk scene and active between 1998 and 2005.
  • The Flatmates: Indie pop band (1985–1989). The band's core members were Martin Whitehead (Guitar) and Debbie Haynes (Vocals). Initially, the band also included Kath Beach (Bass guitar) and Rocker (Drums). They released 5 singles, all of which featured in the UK Indie Chart Top 20.
  • Flying Saucer Attack: Experimental space rock band (1992–2000). David Pearce and Rachel Brook were core members.
  • Force Majeure: Electronic dance band (1983–1986). Included ex-members of The Agents (English band) and featured as part of the Farian Corporation on a German top ten charity recording of ‘Mother and Child Reunion'.
  • Fuck Buttons: Two-piece experimental electro-noise duo (2004-present). Consisting of Andrew Hung and John Power, their debut album ‘Street Horrrsing’ was released in 2008.
  • Fresh Milk: Hardcore Punk band (2007 - present). Consists of Mark Roscow (Guitar), Jack Murphy (Vocals), Thaddaios Yianni (Bass), and Barnabas Yianni (Drums).
  • Fear of Darkness: Signed to Heartbeat Records and released their debut single in September of 1984 - a three track 12 inch EP.(Single of the Week in Melody Maker).

G[edit]

  • Beth Gibbons: Singer and songwriter (born 1965, Exeter, England). She moved to Bristol at the age of 22 and is best known as the vocalist of Portishead.
  • Glaxo Babies: Post-punk group (1977–1980 & 1985–1990). They released four singles and four albums, and recorded two sessions for the BBC’s John Peel.
  • Gonga Hard rock band (1997 - present). Signed to Invada Records.
  • Graduate: New Wave/Mod revival band from Bath (1979–1981). Most notable for having future Tears for Fears duo Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal as members. In 1980, they released an album, "Acting My Age", and a single "Elvis Should Play Ska".
  • Gravenhurst: Gravenhurst (1999–present) is a vehicle for the music of singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Talbot and is signed to Warp Records.
  • Roger Greenaway: Singer and songwriter (born 1938, Fishponds, Bristol). Has written many hits, usually with his writing partner Roger Cook. Was also a member of The Kestrels and David and Jonathan.
  • Will Gregory: Songwriter and keyboardist (born 1959). Best known as part of electronic music group Goldfrapp. In the 1980s and 1990s he performed with artists including Tears for Fears, Peter Gabriel, The Cure and Portishead. Gregory also played the oboe for Tori Amos and has recorded with Paula Rae Gibson.
  • The Groove Farm ; (1986–1990) Indie pop Garage band, part of the C86 scene. Best known for Indie hits : Surfin' Into Your Heart & Heaven Is Blue.

H[edit]

  • Head: Rock/proto-trip hop band (1987–1989). Included Nick Sheppard from The Cortinas (and briefly The Clash), and Gareth Sager. They released 3 albums in total.
  • The Heads: Stoner rock band (1990–present) that have released seven albums, numerous EPs and singles. Between 1995 and 1999 they recorded three John Peel Sessions.
  • Herb Garden - Acid punk outfit active 1985 - 1994, issued 3 full length albums and numerous ep's and singles.
  • Horse Lover Fat (HLF, hxlxfx): Math punk duo (2012 - present) from Chew Valley, South Bristol, currently residing SE London. Multi-instrumentalist members Barnabas and Thaddaios Yianni are well known in many musical guises in and around Bristol and the South West.
  • Nellee Hooper: DJ, producer, remixer and composer (born 1963). Member of The Wild Bunch and known for his work with Björk, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Garbage, U2, Sneaker Pimps, Soul II Soul and Massive Attack.
  • Wayne Hussey: Singer, songwriter and guitarist (born 1958). Best known as the lead singer of The Mission and guitarist with The Sisters of Mercy.
  • Hundred Strong: Soul/Funk/Hip Hop/Reggae infused project from producer Ben Dubuisson. Mr Fantastic joined as DJ in 2003.

I[edit]

  • If?: Indie-dance band from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Comprising former JoBoxers members Sean McLusky and Robert Marche, along with Paul Wells. They recorded singles ‘Everything And More’ and ‘Saturday's Angels’ on MCA Records.
  • Ilya: Trip-Hop/Downtempo duo (2004–present). Consisting of Joanna Swan and Nick Pullen, their track ‘Bellissimo’ used a short film starring Martin Freeman as the accompanying music video.
  • Indigo Listen: Electronic band (1983–1986). Ally Patterson-Fox, Neil Bailey, Steve Thomas and John Furlong.
  • The Insects: Instrumental rock/soundtrack duo (1996–present). Tim Norfolk and Bob Locke were former members of Startled Insects and apart from co-writing songs for Massive Attack they wrote the soundtrack to the film Love and Death on Long Island, and received an Emmy for the documentary Life at the Edge.
  • Interview: Five piece pop/rock band (1977–1981). Formed by Pete Allerhand, Alan Brain and Jeff Starrs in Bath, they added Manny Elias and Phil Crowther to complete their first line-up. They were signed to Virgin Records, and between 1978 and 1981 released two albums and four singles.
  • Isola: Four piece instrumental/prog-rock/post-rock band (2009–present). Formed by Nick Borrie (Guitar/Keyboards), Ben Marshalsea (Guitar/Keyboards), Chris Newton (Bass), and Ben Tuckwell (Drums).

J[edit]

  • Jaguar: Heavy metal band, part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement (1979–1985 & 1999–present). Guitarist Garry Pepperd has been the only constant member throughout the bands numerous line-ups. Their debut album ‘Power Games’ was released in 1983.
  • JoBoxers: Pop/soul band (1981–1985). Formed when ex-Subway Sect members: guitarist Rob Marche, keyboardist Dave Collard, bassist Chris Bostock and drummer Sean McLusky, teamed up with American singer Dig Wayne. The band's debut single, ‘Boxerbeat’, peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart. Their next hit ‘Just Got Lucky’ made the UK Top 10 and U.S. Top 40.
  • Jack: (1976–1979) Power Pop/Rock
  • JetKing: Indie rock band with heavy electronica (2006–2011). Initial lineup was Nick Church, Vaughn Atkinson and Andy Thompson. Drums were provided by a drum machine until Mark Griffin joined the band on drums in 2008.

K[edit]

  • K-Passa: Manic Squeeze-box driven Cajun Folk Rock. Formed in 1988, and recently reformed with a new rhythm section.
  • Nik Kershaw: Singer-songwriter (born 1958). Born in Bristol, he grew up in Ipswich, Suffolk. He had a number of hits during the mid-1980s, including a total of 50 weeks on the UK singles chart in 1984. He also wrote the 1991 UK #1 hit "The One and Only" for Chesney Hawkes.
  • The Kestrels: Vocal harmony quartet (1955–1965). Initially a trio of Tony Burrows, Roger Greenaway, and Roger Maggs, they later expanded to a quartet with the addition to Jeff Williams. The group were in great demand as backup singers for other popular acts of the time, but never had a hit record themselves. In 1964 Roger Cook joined as a replacement for Pete Gullane, and this was the start of a very successful partnership he had with Roger Greenaway.
  • The Kick Inside: Indie-Pop band (2007–present). Released debut single in 2009 and the self-titled EP in 2011. Consisting of Sean Guest, Thomas Aherne, James Dyke and Alexander Piper.
  • Kosheen: Trip-Hop, drum and bass, rock group (1999–present). The trio consists of producers Markee Substance (Mark Morrison) and Darren Decoder (Darren Beale), with singer and song writer Sian Evans. Their first album, ‘Resist’ was released in 2001 and reached #8 in the UK album chart. The name of the band is a combination of the Japanese words for "old" ('ko') and "new" ('shin').
  • The Korgis: Pop band (1978–1982, 1985–1986, 1990–1993, 2005–present). Originally composed of singer/bassist James Warren and singer/drummer Andy Davis, both former members of 1970s band Stackridge. Their 1980 single, ‘Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime’ was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Krust: Keith Thompson or DJ Krust, is a drum and bass producer and DJ (born 1968). Part of the Reprazent collective, as well as releasing his own solo material.

L[edit]

  • Laws of Motion: Bath/Bristol based alternative rock band.
  • Gerard Langley: Bristol Beat Poet, frontman and lyricist for Art Objects (band) and The Blue Aeroplanes. His “singing” style is similar to that of Bob Dylan.
  • Alex Lee: Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (born 1970). Played guitar and keyboards for The Jade, The Coltraines, The Blue Aeroplanes, Strangelove, Suede, Placebo and Goldfrapp amongst others.
  • Lupine Howl: Rock band (1999–2003). Formed by Sean Cook (vocalist, bassist), Mike Mooney (guitarist) and drummer Damon Reece, when they were sacked from Spiritualized by Jason Pierce. Two albums were released before they broke up.
  • Rita Lynch: Musician & singer-songwriter, also a member of the Blue Aeroplanes contributing guitar & backing vocals.
  • Last Rights: Pop Punk. Have supported the likes of The Blackout, Elliza Doolittle and are featured on Radio One.
  • The Lost Boyz. formed by Jeff Cox (Jaguar) and Fred Hale, 'Diamond Dust' album released on Communique records in the USA.
  • The Lust: Punk Grunge band.

M[edit]

  • Mayfair : 1978-1983 New Wave, Mod Revival R&B, Jon Locomotion Bass/Vocals, Rob College Guitar/Vocals, Conway Wynn Jones Drums
  • Massive Attack: Trip-Hop/Electronica Band (1988–present). Originally consisted of DJs Grantley Marshall (Daddy G or "G"), Andrew Vowles (Mushroom or "Mush") and painter-turned-MC Robert Del Naja (3D or "D"), who met as members of The Wild Bunch.
  • Maximum Joy: Post punk jazz/funk group (1979–1983). Formed from 3 members of the Glaxo Babies (Tony Wrafter, Dan Catis and Charlie Llewellin), with singer Janine Rainforth and John Waddington from The Pop Group. Their debut album ‘Station MXJY’ released in 1982.
  • Meet Your Feet: 8-piece all women's band playing original songs. A mixture of soul/jazz/rock with tight rhythms and harmonies.
  • Ménage à trois: current lineup is Ryan Kenning, Ricky Martin & Stuart Lockyer a Folk/Bluegrass/Pop Fusion with Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar.
  • Metropolis: 1981 - 1982. Synthpop/new wave group. Russell Thomas - guitar/vocals, Steve Libby - Kybds, Geoff Fulton - bass, Simon Phillips - drums.
  • Mike Jempson and the Editors: 2013. Dub/folk fusion band from Bower Ashton.
  • Mirror Mirror: Technical Hard Rock/Metal (1989–1992). Formed by Sy Keeler (ex-Onslaught, Vocals) and Andy Muse (Bass) with Rich Akbar (Guitars), Dettmar E Otto (Drums, later Lloyd Coates) and Alan Jordan (Guitars, later Matt Evas).
  • Monk & Canatella: Trip-Hop/breakbeat duo (1994–present). Their second album ‘Do Community Service’ included artwork from local graffiti artist Banksy. Portishead included a track titled "A Tribute to Monk and Canatella" on their 1995 CD single "Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me)".
  • Movietone: Post-rock band (1994–present). Core members are Kate Wright and Rachel Brook (now Rachel Coe). Their 2003 album ‘The Sand and The Stars’ was recorded almost entirely live on a beach.
  • Mr Fantastic: Hip Hop DJ and Producer from Bristol - part of Beat Route 38 and also solo artist. Harvey's Bristol Cream LP (2011), All The Critics (2011) and What U Rhymin' 4? (2012).
  • Last Rights: Pop Punk. Have supported the likes of The Blackout, Elliza Doolittle and are featured on Radio One.

N[edit]

  • Naked Eyes: Synth based pop band (1982–1985 & 2006–present). Consisted of childhood friends Pete Byrne on vocals and Rob Fisher (1959–1999) on keyboards.
  • Neon: Keyboard/Guitar band from Bath (1979–1981). Rob Fisher joined up with singer Pete Byrne to form the band, and their first single "Making Waves/Me I See You" was released on their own 3D Music label. The band later went on to recruit Neil Taylor, Manny Elias, Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal, before they finally broke up in December 1981.
  • New Rhodes: (2001–present): Indie band consisting of James Williams, Joe Gascoigne, Jack Ashdown and Tim Desmond. In 2006 they released their first album "Songs From The Lodge" and in 2009 released their second LP, "Everybody Loves A Scene".
  • The Numbers: Nick McAuley, Angelo Bruschini, Wayne Kingston and Lee Gardener. The band recorded for Heartbeat Records with the tracks “Cross-Slide” on the Avon Calling LP and “Alternative Suicide” on the 4 Alternatives EP (Pulse 4).

O[edit]

  • Onslaught: Thrash metal band initially active from 1983 to 1991, and then reforming in 2004. The band initially drew influence from second wave punk rock bands such as Discharge and The Exploited, and then adopted a straight forward thrash metal sound.
  • Roland Orzabal: Roland Jaime Orzabal de la Quintana is a musician, songwriter and record producer (born 1961). He is known mainly as a co-founding member, with Curt Smith, of Tears for Fears where he is the main songwriter and vocalist.

P[edit]

  • Panic Office: A four piece progressive outfit formed in 2004 with members from Bristol and the surrounding area.
  • Pigbag: Post punk/funk band from Cheltenham (1980–1983). They included ex-The Pop Group bassist, Simon Underwood. Scored an UK #3 hit with their 1982 single ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’.
  • John Perry: Played in many Bristol bands till moving to London and forming The Only Ones with Peter Perrett. Best known for their single Another Girl, Another Planet.
  • The Pigs: punk band (1977-1978, 2009–present). They recorded the Youthanasia EP for New Bristol Records in 1977. These and other tracks were re-released by Bristol Archive Records in 2010.
  • Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra: Folk/Scrumpy and Western band (1968–1979, 1988–1992). An eccentric band formed in early 1968 to play a fusion of comedy, jazz, and folk music, they also featured an eclectic mix of instruments, some of them home-made, such as the egg-cupaphone and the ballcockaphone. They also provided backing for Fred Wedlock on his album, The Folker. They disbanded in 1979, but in 1988 reformed with singer Hannah Wedlock (Fred's daughter).
  • The Pop Group: Post punk band with jazz influences (1978–1981). Featuring singer Mark Stewart, Gareth Sager and Dan Catis (who replaced Simon Underwood). The band split in 1981, after legal wranglings and internal disagreements. Members of the group went on to form bands including Pigbag, Maximum Joy, Head and Rip Rig & Panic.
  • Portishead: Trip-Hop band and purveyors of the Bristol Sound (1991–present). Consists of Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley. Their 1994 debut album Dummy reached #2 on the UK Album Chart and won the 1995 Mercury Prize.
  • Propellerheads: An electronic act from Bath who had a hit album in 1998, complete with the hit single "Bang On!".
  • Purgatory: Grunge/New Romantic band (2005–2006).
  • Private Dicks. New Wave Punk Band, Formed in Bristol 1979. Appeared on the two Heartbeat compilations Avon Calling. Released single "She said go" June 1979 and later released on the Cherry Red compilation album I'll give you my heart 2003. Split up in 1980. Better known for appearing on some celebrated punk bootleg albums released worldwide in the 1990s. Original line up reformed and touring. The Band; Gavin King (ex Uncle Po), Mark "Sybs" Seabright, Huw "Shugs" Davies and Paul "Guivey" Guiver.

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  • Santa Cruz: Pioneering Bristol indie band formally known as Rorschach. Released LP Way Out in 1997
  • Savage Heart: Commercial Hard Rock (1986–1989). Nik Gaye (Vocals), Dee Stevens (Guitars), Andy Muse (Bass), Jake West (Keyboards), lee Godbert (Drums).
  • Andy Sheppard: Jazz saxophonist and composer (born 1957).
  • Nick Sheppard: Guitarist and songwriter (born 1960). Came to prominence at the age of 16 with punk band The Cortinas, with recordings on Step Forward Records and CBS. After they disbanded he was a member of The Viceroys and The Spics. After The Clash sacked Mick Jones in 1983, Sheppard toured America and Europe with them and played on their final album ‘Cut the Crap’. He then joined up with Gareth Sager to form Head.
  • Shoes for Industry: Crystal Theatres’ anarchic “house band”. Fried Egg Records was formed to release their 2 singles, and an album called ‘Talk Like A Whelk’.
  • Roni Size: Ryan Williams (Roni Size) is a music producer and DJ (born 1969). He came to prominence in 1997 as the founder and leader of Reprazent, a drum and bass collective. They won the Mercury Prize for their album “New Forms” in 1997.
  • Curt Smith: Musician and songwriter (born 1961, Bath). Best known for his work with Roland Orzabal as Tears for Fears. Smith and Orzabal met as teenagers and formed their first band at school, then went on to form the ska influenced Graduate. They were also session musicians for the band Neon. Smith has released 3 albums as a solo artist, the last 2 in association with guitarist-producer Charlton Pettus.
  • Smith & Mighty: Drum & Bass/Trip-Hop duo (1987–present), consisting of Rob Smith and Ray Mighty, with Peter D Rose. Their early work included breakbeat versions of "Walk on By" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart", by Burt Bacharach/Hal David.
  • Sneaky Bat Machine: Cybergoth band (1997–2000). The band consisted of Sneakybat (aka Ross Tregenza), Evil C (aka Crash 303, aka Clive Lewis), and Maxislag (aka Max Niblock). In 2000 the band changed its name (to Goteki), and it’s musical direction to 'lo-fi phuturists'. They released a number of albums before disbanding in 2006.
  • Specimen: A Glam Goth band (1980-1985 & 2006–present). Guitarist/vocalist Jon Klein was formerly in the band Europeans, and later went on to work with Siouxie & the Banshees. Although their record output was not prolific, they are credited as one of the pioneers of the Gothic movement.
  • The Spics: Short lived Big-Band, notable members included Nick Sheppard on guitar, Thomas Brooman on drums and Wendy and Sarah Partridge on backing vocals. The Spics released their only single ‘You and Me/Bus Stop’ on Wavelength Records in 1981.
  • Stackridge: The band mix folk, pop and progressive rock with quirky humour (1969–1976, 1999–2000, 2007–present). Formed by Andy Davis and James "Crun" Walter, their debut single was Dora the Female Explorer. They played the first and last notes at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970. James Warren and Andy Davis went on to form The Korgis.
  • Stanton Warriors: Breakbeat duo Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley (1997–present). They are a DJ and producer team of Breakbeat electronic dance music. Their name was originally conceived from one of the warriors tripping over a "Stanton Warrior" draincover on Tower Bridge, London.
  • Stantz:Bristol based multi instrumentalist / producer and performer composing a mixture of world sounds with contemporary dance music such as garage, dubstep and IDM
  • Startled Insects: Synthpop/Rock band (1983–1996). Originally a collective of three producers/multi-instrumentalists (Tim Norfolk, Bob Locke and Richard Grassby-Lewis), they were commissioned by the BBC to produce music for 2 of their wildlife documentaries.
  • Stereo Models: New wave band (1971–1981). The Stereo Models song 'Move Fast-Stay Ahead, released on the Bristol compilation album Avon Calling in 1979.
  • Steven And The Possetts, alternative rock band (2011–Present). Fronted by Steven Possett, the rest of the band consists of Patrick Fenton and George Dibble, both on guitar, James Goodyer on bass and Tom Dean on Drums.
  • Mark Stewart: Vocalist, songwriter, and pioneer of industrial hip-hop (born 1960). Founding member of The Pop Group, after their split in 1981 he recorded as a solo artist, and with The Maffia. He has been a major influence on Bristol’s eclectic music scene where he blended diverse genres of dub, funk, punk, techno, and electro noise along with political lyrics.
  • The Stingrays: New Wave/Rockabilly band (1977-current). The line-up included, amongst others: Russ Mainwaring, Chris Bostock, Sean McLuskey, and Bill Stair. Current Line up is Russ Mainwaring (guitar/vocals), Paul Matthews (bass) and Richard H. Meredith (drums).
  • Strangelove: Alternative Rock Band (1991–1998). The initial line up was: Patrick Duff (vocals, guitar), Alex Lee (guitar, keyboards), Julian Pransky-Poole (guitar), Joe Allen (bass) and David Francolini (drums). Francolini played two gigs with the band, before being replaced by John Langley, then Nick Powell (keyboards) joined in late 1995. Their 1996 single ‘Beautiful Alone’ reached #34 in the UK Chart.
  • Steve Street: Bassist with Europeans, and later joined Apartment, then briefly Interview. He recorded demos at his studio (GBH) for The Pop Group and the Glaxo Babies, and subsequently went on to engineer and produce a number of other Bristol based bands including Electric Guitars, The X-Certs, Vice Squad and The Blue Aeroplanes.
  • The Strates: Alternative Pop/Rock Band (2013-Present). Line-up including Nat Shervington (Drums/Vocals), Oli Pickering (Guitar/Vocals) and Jedd Sprosen (Bass/Vocals).
  • The Struts: Punk band (1977). Adrian Hulbert (vocals) Nick Rippington (guitar/vocals) Geoff Fulton (bass) Kevin Norton (drums). Possibly the first punk band from Yate and Winterbourne.

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  • Talisman: Multi-racial Reggae Band who provided Recreational Records with their very first single and UK Indie Chart hit (#17).
  • Jane Taylor: Bristol-based guitarist, pianist, songwriter and vocalist. Jane won the UK and International Songwriting Competition in 2003 with her song "Blowing This Candle Out".
  • TC: drum and bass producer and DJ Tom Casswell.
  • Tears for Fears: Pop rock duo from Bath (1981–present). Formed by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith after the breakup of New Wave/Mod revival band Graduate. They were initially called History of Headaches, but the change in name was inspired by the Primal Therapy theory, developed by the American psychologist Arthur Janov; in ‘Prisoners of Pain’ (1980) Janov suggested “tears as a replacement from fears”.
  • The Dirty Drugs: Alternative, prog rock. Formed by Jamie Ashley, Paul Watson, Richard Murphy and David Granburg.
  • The Third Eye Foundation: Electronic music band (1996–2001).
  • The St Pierre Snake Invasion: 5 Piece Band from Bristol combing strut, energy, sarcasm & filth to create a blend of Punk/Garage/Alt/Rock. Formed late 2010, featuring Damien Sayell, Samuel Forbes, Szack Notaro, Patrick Daly and Mark Fletcher.
  • The Torr (1996–present) Formed in Bristol by Jon Steadman and James Trotham, other members include Neil Berry and Paul Coles. Original material released via Amie Street and other online distribution networks
  • The Carny Villains, 6 piece stomping swing circus show band. Storming stages and creating music for circus and theatre with The Invisible Circus since 2009.
  • TLi (2006–present) 3 Piece Punk group formed of Jack Higgins (Guitar/vox), Wes Herat (Bass/Vox) & Emily Witham (Drums)
  • Tricky: Adrian Nicholas M. Thaws is a Trip-Hop rapper, lyricist, musician, producer and actor (born 1968). Originally involved with The Wild Bunch and Massive Attack, his 1995 debut album
  • Turbowolf: Rock band formed 2008 with a sound that has been noted as containing elements of rock and roll, psychedelia, punk rock and electronica.
  • Two in a boat: Acoustic duo from Knowle. Recent winners of Live and Unsigned 2010, they played at Glastonbury in June 2010
  • T Minus 50: Electronica/rock band formed by TV/film composer Timo Baker in 2005. Album "Digital Scars" released in 2008 - several tracks used in the CSI: NY series.

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  • The Untouchables: R’n’B band like Dr. Feelgood. Wilko Johnson produced their single ‘Keep On Walking/Keep Your Distance'.
  • Up, Bustle and Out: Musicians and recording artists (1994–present), consisting of DJ D. "Ein" Fell (also known as Clandestine Ein), producer-performer Rupert Mould (also known as Sêenor Roody)and Dave Cridge (Beat Keeper and mainstay tour DJ). Their music combines jazz, hip-hop and funk, but with distinctly South American and Cuban influences.
  • The Undead: A five piece Bristol punk band. Al Scarlett, David Simmons, Martin Hamm, Phil Hamm, Richard Denning), formed in mid-1981.

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  • Various Artists: Pop band fronted by Jonjo Key, brother Robin Key, bassist Christian Clarke and drummer John Langley. Released a track on Avon Calling, a Fried Egg Records single and the ‘Solo Album’ LP on their own label.
  • Valis Ablaze: Progressive Metal band (2012–present). Formed by drummer Rich New and guitarist Ash Cook. Released an EP themselves.
  • Vice Squad: Punk band (1978-1985 & 1997–present). The original group formed from two other local punk bands: The Contingent and TV Brakes, and included songwriter, vocalist and Punk Pin-Up Beki Bondage. They set up Riot City Records with Simon Edwards, and it became one of the major punk labels of the era. Their 1981 debut single "Last Rockers" sold over 20,000 copies.
  • The Viceroys: Rock band including Nick Sheppard and Mike Crawford, their only release was ‘Angels in the Rain’ on the Fried Egg World Tour EP, which was sold exclusively at gigs. The Spics went on to play ‘Angels in the Rain’ at their very last appearance, on the BBC West TV arts show RPM.
  • Joe Volk: solo artist signed to Invada. Debut album 'Derwent Waters Saint' was recorded and produced by Portishead's Adrian Utley. Original singer for Bristol band Gonga. He is the lyricist and singer in Crippled Black Phoenix.
  • Andrew Vowles: DJ and songwriter (born 1967). Originally in The Wild Bunch and founding member of Massive Attack. He left Massive Attack shortly after the release of their 1998 album, ‘Mezzanine’, due to profound differences of opinion in the direction the band should go.

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  • Nick Warren: is an English house DJ and producer. He is well known for his eight albums released in the Global Underground series and as a member of the duo Way Out West. He is head of A&R for the progressive house and breaks record label Hope Recordings.
  • Vid Warren: is a solo artist best known as a human beatbox and instrumental beatbox artist. Influences include Jazz, Glitch and Hip-Hop
  • The Waxworks. Core group of Jason Evans, Adam Stewart and Max Black. Number three in UK Radio One's unsigned chart in 2003 with the album Lost Negative.
  • Way Out West: House, trance and progressive breaks duo (1994–present). They are producers and DJs Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren. Their song ‘Don't Forget Me’ has been featured in season two of Grey's Anatomy, ‘Melt’ was used in The O.C., and a loop of their song ‘The Gift’ is used for the title theme on the MTV show True Life.
  • Fred Wedlock: Folk and Scrumpy and Western singer (1942–2010). Former teacher who took up music full-time in the 1970s, and best known for his 1981 UK hit single, "The Oldest Swinger In Town".
  • Ben Westbeech: DJ, singer and producer originating from Bristol. He trained as a cellist and vocalist, and his influences include House, Rock n Roll, punk, jazz and hip hop. He has appeared on Later... with Jools Holland alongside Paul McCartney and Björk.
  • Wild Beasts: R’n’B band, only released the one single, ‘Minimum Maximum/Another Man’ on Fried Egg Records in 1979.
  • The Wild Bunch: Proto-Bristol Sound (Trip-Hop) sound system based in the St Pauls district of Bristol (1983–1986). Notable members included at one time or another were: Nellee Hooper, Tricky, and the trio Robert Del Naja (3D), Grant Marshall (Daddy G) and Andrew Vowles (Mushroom) who went on to form Massive Attack.
  • Will Tun and the Wasters: Ska Punk band originating in Bristol based around Burmese frontman 'Will Tun'.
  • Jody Wisternoff: is best known as one half of the Bristol progressive house duo Way Out West and as a producer of dance music spanning early 90s hardcore to electro house.
  • The Wurzels: Scrumpy and Western band (1966–present). Formed as a backing group for, and by, singer/songwriter Adge Cutler. They continued after Cutlers’ death in 1974 and are probably best known for their 1976 UK #1 hit ‘The Combine Harvester’.
  • Robert Wyatt: Percussionist, singer, and composer (born 1945). Founding member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine. As well as his band and solo work, he has also been a prolific collaborator with other musicians. The Tears for Fears song "I Believe" from ‘Songs from the Big Chair’ (1985) is dedicated to Wyatt.

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  • The X-Certs: Punk band that later diverged into reggae (1978–1981). Included guitarist Chris Bostock and bassist Phil Lovering (later of Disorder). They had a track on Heartbeat Records 1979’s 4 Alternatives EP (Pulse 4), the 1980 Avon Calling LP.

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  • Zoon van snooK: Solo songwriter, producer and remixer of Oddtronica (2008–present). His debut album (Falling from) The Nutty Tree was released on Mush Records in December 2010 and the second album The Bridge Between Life & Death released on Lo Recordings in April 2013.
  • The Zen Hussies : Established in 2001 by songwriter and frontman Jules Landau, the band have ranged from 5 to 10 piece line-ups.

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