Folk Devils release a brand new EP ‘Forever’, on Optic Nerve Recordings.
Available as CD/10”/digital, the three tracks include two new compositions – the title track and ‘My Slum Soul’ – as well as a version of old live favourite ‘Ink Runs Dry’.
It’s the first new music in three decades from the London-formed band, since 1987’s ‘The Best Protection’ EP.
Initially managed and mentored by Ray Gange (The Clash, Rudeboy), the band recorded several seminal singles including ‘Hank Turns Blue’ and ‘Beautiful Monster’, as well as three John Peel sessions, and played live dates with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Fall, The Gun Club, Screaming Blue Messiahs, and Spacemen 3.
The first and second iterations of the band existed from 1983-87 when they were fronted by sadly-departed singer/songwriter Ian Lowery.
Following the long hiatus, a 2016 career retrospective ‘Beautiful Monsters’ and post-reformation shows with Membranes, Inca Babies and The Cravats, led to the writing and recording of new material, recorded at Konk Studios in North London and mixed and co-produced by Grammy award-winning engineer Rik Simpson.
Founder members, Cumbernauld-based guitarist Kris Jozajtis and bassist Mark Whiteley reformed the group by recruiting members of a short-lived 1987 version of Folk Devils; guitarist Nick Clift and Ayrshire-born drummer John Hamilton, joined in the new lineup by singer Dave Hodgson, who had known Lowery in the early 80s when the two were respectively in post-punk bands Ski Patrol and Parting Shots.