Heresy (band)

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Heresy
Origin Nottingham, England
Genres
Years active1985–1989
Labels Earache, In Your Face, Lost & Found, Boss Tuneage
Associated actsPlasmid, Unseen Terror, Ripcord, Concrete Sox, Geriatric Unit, Meatfly
MembersMalcolm "Reevsy" Reeves
Kalvin Piper
Steve Charlesworth
John March
Mitch Dickinson
Stephen "Baz" Ballam

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. [1] They are credited as one of the key bands in the late 1980s UK hardcore scene, and one of the original grindcore bands. [2]

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

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Nottingham City and unitary authority area in England

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History

The band was formed by Reevsy (guitar, vocals), Kalvin "Kalv" Piper (bass), and Steve Charlesworth (drums), the first two having previously been in the Stoke-on-Trent band Plasmid. [3] Their first release was the 1986 6-track flexi-disc Never Healed - the first release on Earache Records, which was followed by a split LP with Concrete Sox. They then added a singer, who was soon replaced by Concrete Sox drummer John March. Reevsy left the band to be replaced by Mitch Dickinson from Unseen Terror on guitar. The band toured through Europe with this line-up. [3]

Stoke-on-Trent City and unitary authority in England

Stoke-on-Trent is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). Together with the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands, it is part of North Staffordshire. In 2016, the city had a population of 261,302.

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

In 1988, Mitch left the band, to be replaced by Baz from Ripcord, the new line-up recording the Face Up to It LP. The band's final album, 1989's 13 Rocking Anthems, was compiled from their last two Peel Sessions. The band split up in late 1988. [3] Members Steve and Kalv formed Meatfly, and now play in UK hardcore band Geriatric Unit.

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References

  1. Heresy at the BBC's Keeping It Peel site
  2. Marcus, Andrew (2008) "Heresy", Alternative Press , "Heresy, like no band before them, harnessed the hormonal force of American hardcore and spiked it with metal-tipped UK82 punk"
  3. 1 2 3 KFTH Heresy biography
  4. Lazell, Barry (1997) "Indie Hits 1980-1989", Cherry Red Books, ISBN   0-9517206-9-4
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