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Origin Kingston upon Thames, England
Genres Math rock
Indie rock
Years active 2006–2012
Labels Hassle Records
Website [1]
Members Joseph Prendergast
David Catmur
Tom Coulson-Smith
James Elliot Field
Past members Damien Fabien Gabet
Sean Bamberger
Olev Saunders

Tubelord were an alternative rock band from Kingston upon Thames, England, active between 2006 and 2012.

In 2009, the band signed a record deal with independent label Hassle Records and on 12 October 2009 they released their debut album Our First American Friends.[1]


The band formed in 2005 while attending Kingston College by Joseph Prendergast, David Catmur and Olev Saunders. Over the next 3 years Tubelord would release several EP and singles as well as touring heavily around the UK and Europe with bands such as This Town Needs Guns and Tellison. After relentless touring Olev Saunders left the band and was replaced by Sean Bamberger. In late Tubelord released their debut album Our First American Friends, which was met with critical praise from Rock Sound,[2],[3] and BBC.[4] During 2008/2009 Tubelord referred to American music journalist Michael Azerrad their single "I Am Azerrad," which includes the line "I kill today, I'll kill you Azerrad," prompting Azerrad to contact them regarding the subject matter and write a humorous essay about the experience for Spin.[5]

Following the critical success of Our First American Friends, the band would go on to work with legendary producer Steve Albini on their next four-track EP, Tezcatlipōca. The EP marked a big change in musical direction for the band who added a fourth member, keyboardist James Elliot Field to the line-up and with Tom Coulson-Smith replacing the departing Sean Bamberger on bass. The band continued their change in musical direction on their second album "Romance" which was released on Pink Mist almost 2 years to the day as their debut record. Tubelord announced in November 2012 that they would play a final show on New Year's Eve before splitting up.



  • “Feed Me A Box of Words” – Big Scary Monsters Recordings (March 17, 2008)
  • “Night Of The Pencils” – 2008 – Banquet Records
  • “I Am Azerrad” – Big Scary Monsters Recordings (September 29, 2008)
  • “Propeller” – Hassle Records (September 28, 2009)
  • “Stacey's Left Arm” – 2010 – Hassle Records
  • "4t3" - Pink Mist (June 1, 2011)
  • "My First Castle - Pink Mist (September 14, 2011)


  • “Square EP” – Self-Released (April 20, 2007)
  • Tezcatlipōca - Hassle Records (August 16, 2010)




  • Split 7' w/ Tellison - September 4, 2008


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  4. ^ [5]
  5. ^ Michael Azerrad, Lyrical Assassin, Spin, 2008-10-27. Accessed online 2009-04-28.

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