Sunday, 24 August 2014

Red Letter Day - Peel Session 13/04/1986

 
 
Pride of Pompey punky pop purveyors Red Letter Day taped just this one session for John Peel at the dawning of the indelibly-tagged C86 era. The group had already released their debut 7" single Wherever YouMay Run the previous year, self-financed on their own label Last Generation. I recall Janice Long giving the single a fair bit of airplay, even reading out the group's contact address with details of how to purchase the disc (which I duly and eagerly did).
 
The band had formed in 1984, but at the time of this session frontman/guitarist Ade Oakley was the only original member,  recruited Davie Egan (guitar), Keith Metcalfe (bass), and Daryn Price (drums) for a line up that would remain stable until 1988.
 
Possibly too punk for floppy fringed brown anorak brigade and too pop for hardcore post-punkers, RLD seemingly melded UK Subs chord progressions with sixties melodic pop hooks to create their own peculiar post-punk vision - the main riff to Killing Ground wouldn't sound out of place on The Notorious Byrd Brothers or Love first album.
 
The group signed to the Quiet label for their next release, a four track 12" ep entitled Released Emotions issued a few months after this session and a 7" Take Me In Your Arms. A split album with The Sect appeared in 1988, but it wouldn't be until 1991 that they issued their debut album proper, More Songs About Love And War, followed three years later by Nothing At This Moment In Time.
 
Aside from a best of retrospective (Chance Meetings) in 2004, the band issued no further new material, but were still fairly active on the south coast live circuit until the early noughties.
 
 
Spark Of Love
Coming Home
Killing Ground
Pictures
 
 
 
 
Wherever You May Run
Susie's Bombed Out Tonite
 
 
 
 
 

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