The Hamsters formed in 1980 as a reaction against the raincoat clad pseuds, whose dreadful negative tuneless drones were being given space in all the live music venues around the city. A young latter day punk rock crowd embraced them for their unquestionable ' don't care what you think ' attitude, while being puzzled by the primitive but ambitious sound collages the band created. The art-rock crowd of City Life reading chin strokers derided them as yobs , rude and very crude.
They didn't fit in , they stood apart,
Rather than this being a weakness it became the Hamsters strength , they had no one to pander to and so did what they pleased , what came natural ,
Their reputation spread , wildly differing opinions of their merits were heard , but they were on people's lips. They gained a deserved but highly exaggerated reputation for being trouble magnets and drew bans from many venues , but as doors were being slammed in their faces other doors opened , high profile gigs with the likes of Joy Division , The Fall and Orange Juice were played , guest spots around the country on the ' Weird Tales tour' with The Mob , Androids of Mu, Astronauts and Zounds spread the word nationwide.
Recordings were made , and over the years have been made available both in the UK and USA ( see the German Shepherd compilation Bloody Hell! ) but a mere 20 months after forming the Hamsters split.
There was never a Hamsters single ,
Reformed in November 2014 to play live it was decided to play some new material , a week before the first gig at the Crescent, Salford as part of the German Shepherd live weekend , 4VT was written and opened the set that momentous evening,
Now it's been taken into Simon ' Ding' Archers 6 db studio in Salford , belted out with gusto and without further ado is presented to you ,
Here is the first ever Hamsters single , ! ! !
released April 10, 2015
Damien Hughes , drums and guitar
Nigel Blinston , guitar and whistle
Jon Rowlinson , bass and vocals
Ian Moss , vocals
Stephen Middlehurst & Bob Williams - Spirit and inspiration
Sleeve designed by Todd Rempling and Ion-Morph
Recorded , engineered , mixed by Ding
Mastered by Christophe
at 6 dB Studios in Sunny Salford
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