A VETERAN South Tyneside punk band are getting ready to celebrate 20 years of making music.
Crashed Out are marking that milestone with an anniversary gig this weekend.
The Jarrow band – made up of brothers Chris and Lee Wright, Jonnie Halling and Geordie ‘Spin’ Brown – will take to the stage at Think Tank? in Times Square, Newcastle, on Sunday.
Over the last two decades, the band have released six albums, as well as countless singles, and they have toured the world to offer fans far and wide a tast of the sound of music South Tyneside-style.
But now, they’re inviting their fans a little closer to home to celebrate their anniversary with them.
Guitarist Lee, who runs the Iron Monkey Tattoo Studio in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, said: “This is a real milestone for the band, so it’s a really important gig for us.
We feel lucky that we’re still going but really, we can’t believe it’s been such a long time, it seems like just two minutes ago that we first got together.Lee Wright, Crashed Out
“We feel lucky that we’re still going, but really we can’t believe it’s been such a long time. It seems like just two minutes ago that we first got together.
“We never thought we’d be able to take it as far as we have. We’ve played all over the world, but the highlight has to be going to America.
“We’ve been three times, and not many bands I know have had the chance to do that, so we feel really lucky.
“I’ve been going to play in Europe since I was 15. There aren’t many places we haven’t been.”
The band has also released an EP, titled 20 Years, on German label Randale Records.
It features four new tracks and will be on sale at the gig for £5.
Lee said: “The title track, 20 Years Strong, is kind of our life story. It’s all about how the band began and the things we’ve done over the years.
“It’s a bit of an ode to our fans as well, including our loyal legion of Crashedettes.
“The gig is going to be a celebration of our career, and we’ve got support from The Panic Report, who are a great local band.”
He added: “We’re writing all the time, and once we’ve got a few more songs, we’re going to put a new album together, and Randale Records have already said they want to release it.”
The gig, open to over-14s only, kicks off at 6pm on Sunday.
Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door or from Chris’s Viking Tattoo Studio in Ellison Street, Jarrow, on 420 1977.
The EP is also available online at www.randaleshop.de
The other songs on it are Tyne and Wear, Here to Stay and Falling Down.