Concrete Sox

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Concrete Sox
Origin Nottingham, United Kingdom
Genres Crossover thrash
Crust punk
Years active1984–1999, 2009-present
LabelsSoxCore Records
Associated actsCity Indians, Heresy, Fractured, The Fiend, Belligerence, Poundaflesh, Fight Back
Website http://concretesox.org/
MembersVic Timoveric (founder)
Michèle Croll
Lambert
Dave "Brownie" Brown
Joe 'Pug' Nott
Past membersRich Button
Sean Cook
Leslie Duly
Mark Greenwell
Ian Halpin
Rich Lamell
Lloyd Sims
John March
Kalvin Piper
Andy Sewell

Concrete Sox are a British crust punk band. They are largely seen[ who? ] as an early crossover thrash band who incorporated many thrash metal-like riffs in the style of their earlier recordings.

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Crust punk is a form of music influenced by English punk rock and extreme metal. The style, which evolved in the early-1980s in England, often has songs with dark and pessimistic lyrics that linger on political and social ills. The term "crust" was coined by Hellbastard on their 1986 Ripper Crust demo.

Crossover thrash is a fusion genre of thrash metal and hardcore punk. The genre lies on a continuum between heavy metal and hardcore punk. Other genres on the same continuum, such as metalcore and grindcore, may overlap with crossover thrash.

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History

Formed in 1984 following jam sessions with Gabba (Chaos UK/F.U.K.), Kalv (Heresy/Geriatric Unit) and various friends, the band was founded by Vic Timoveric with Les Duly. Not set on a permanent name, they once gigged as "Concrete Evidence", but the name "Concrete Sox" (Timoveric's parody of a Nottingham band "Steam Roller Gloves") became the band's official name.

Their first release was the LP Your Turn Next in 1985 on COR records followed by a split LP with Heresy on Earache Records in 1986.

Heresy were a hardcore punk band from Nottingham, England, formed in 1985 and active until late 1989. They released three albums and recorded three sessions for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show. They are credited as one of the key bands in the late 1980s UK hardcore scene, and one of the original grindcore bands.

Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.

Concrete Sox were one of the more established of the British hardcore / crust punk influenced thrash bands during the mid- to late 1980s. They are also known as[ who? ] being one of the early bands who were part of the punk/metal crossover music genre (along with other bands such as Sacrilege, English Dog, Onslaught, and Deviated Instinct).

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."

For several years their early work was out of press, but Your Turn Next and Whoops Sorry Vicar were re-released in September 2012 on the band's own label, SoxCore Records, in association with Boss Tuneage. The vinyl versions are on coloured vinyl and the CD releases have bonus tracks personally selected by Timoveric. New t-shirts were released at the same time in Japan. [1] [2] [3] Most of their recordings are also available via peer-to-peer networks and the band have made all their releases available for free through MediaFire.

Concrete Sox reformed in 2009 with a new line-up. After an unsuccessful tour in April 2010 (which was cancelled by the band after three shows), this line-up was disbanded. As of December 2012, founding member Vic Timoveric was working with a new line-up, which included the return of Pug on drums with additional members Lambert (vocals) and Brownie (bass). After 4-5 months of getting nowhere, Timoveric decided to disband the group for good.

Members

Current line-up

Guitar fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Drum kit collection of drums and other percussion instruments

A drum kit — also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. A drum kit consists of a mix of drums and idiophones – most significantly cymbals, but can also include the woodblock and cowbell. In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments. Also, both hybrid and entirely electronic kits are used.

Former members

Discography

Compilation appearances

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