|Hard to believe we know but it is true, Kirk Brandon has now been leading SPEAR OF DESTINY for 35 years.
SPEAR OF DESTINY were formed in 1983 after the demise of Kirk Brandon’s post-punk iconic rockers THEATRE OF HATE. (Brandon had also, before TOH, been the main man in every punk rockers favourite band of that era The Pack)
The current line up of Spear is the longest serving to date and features Adrian Portas (New Model Army / Sex Gang Children), Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy / The Cult / The Mission) and Phil Martini (Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind) on drums. Longtime Brandon cohort Steve Allan-Jones will be covering the keyboards.
On April 6th 2018 SPEAR OF DESTINY will release their 14th studio album “Tontine” The album has been fully funded from a private fan pre-sale of “Tontine”. The album will be officially released for Brandon’s own Eastersnow Recording Company label imprint and will be available on CD, Vinyl and Download.
The current live show pulls on songs from all 35+ years of SOD. The classic’s Liberator, Mickey, Rainmaker, The Wheel, Never Take Me Alive etc… are all found sitting closely alongside newer fan favourites such as Sputnik, Suicide God, Judas, Lucky Man & Berlin! Berlin!’.
As 2018 is the 35 anniversary of the band’s iconic debut long player “Grapes of Wrath” live shows throughout the year will most certainly feature a good smattering of GOW tracks for good measure.
Comments on Kirk Brandon and Spear of Destiny:
The BBC’s Jeremy Vine says, “@kirkbrandon is one of our greatest musical geniuses”
John Robb’s Louder Than War “Spear of Destiny are criminally underrated and are one of Britain’s best, Boys Own, punch the air, grandiose Rock’nRoll bands.
Mojo wrote: “Kirk Brandon is one of the UK’s best-kept secrets”.
On SOD’s previous studio album ‘31’(Thirty-One).
Louder Than War: 9/10 Brandon puts his all into every song with epic bombast, coming across as a tragic rock n roll anti-hero. He is the Wagner of rock n roll. And the haircut’s still pretty cool.
Aberdeen Voice: Thirty-one years together makes for flawless instrumentals, a unique sound, and some remarkable riffs and harmonies.
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