“One of the best live bands in the UK at the moment” Louder Than War
“The surplus of ideas on display is nothing short of dizzying” The Fly
“Ace lyrics, riffs and ideas burst out from all angles” Record Collector
“They genuinely sound more vital than ever” UNCUT
“Fiercely energised, it presents art-punk-rock ‘n’ roll almost as literary form” Q
“Lloyd is the most underestimated songwriter of his generation” The Independent
The Nightingales was formed by former members of Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects following that band’s demise in 1979.
Described in John Robb’s definitive book on ‘post punk’ (Death To Trad Rock) as ‘The misfits’ misfits” and comprising an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early ’80’s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them – “Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980’s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans”.
In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004.
Once the group arrived at it’s current line up – Lloyd, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass, ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson and on guitar James Smith, who Lloyd had spotted playing with Damo Suzuki– they became more productive than ever.
They have played various festivals in Europe and the States, including Glastonbury and SXSW. Their “Let’s Think About Living” 45 was ‘Single Of The Week’ on BBC 6 Music and they have continued to receive regular rave reviews for their records and live shows.
Their album “For Fuck’s Sake” was a self released, limited edition vinyl only LP available on no label, with no barcode, with no distribution and only at the bands gigs. Described as “a minor masterpiece” by Uncut the record quickly sold out.
In 2015 they released of “Mind Over Matter” – an album that many consider their best ever.
Jessie Q, flamboyant frontwoman of Violet Kicks, comes across like a cross between Lena Lovich & Siouxsie Sioux, commanding the stage with a strong voice and heaps of stage-presence. The band’s sound has hints of new wave & grunge, with heaps of raw garage-rock energy. Includes current and ex-members of Claws & Box Of Light.