Punk veterans secure a new record deal

ROCKing ON ... South Tyneside punk band The Fiend consist of, back from left, Andy Mackie and Bri Hutchison and, front from left, Gaz Marshall,  Danny Wilson and Steven Robertson. Below, their new album, due to be released later this month.
ROCKing ON ... South Tyneside punk band The Fiend consist of, back from left, Andy Mackie and Bri Hutchison and, front from left, Gaz Marshall, Danny Wilson and Steven Robertson. Below, their new album, due to be released later this month.

A veteran punk band from South Tyneside are set to keep on rocking after landing a new recording deal.

The Fiend have signed to London label Candlelight Records for a three-album deal.

The Fiend's new album Greed, Power, Religion, War.

The Fiend's new album Greed, Power, Religion, War.

The South Shields-based band, formed in 1982, are now set to put out a new album later this month.

Guitarist Steven Robertson, known as Robby, said: “We were with Vile Records, but we decided to put an album out on our own through distributors Plastic Head.

“That’s owned by Candlelight Records, though, and they got in touch to say they wanted to sign us.

“The band was the first signed to Endangered Records in 1982, and that guy now works at Candlelight, so he’s basically re-signing the first band he ever signed.

Huge

“They said they loved our last album with Vile and the last few we’ve put out, so they really wanted to sign us. It’s a huge deal for us.”

His bandmates are Danny Wilson, of South Shields; Andy Mackie, of Hebburn; and Bri Hutchison and Gaz Marshall, of Consett, County Durham.

Their latest album – titled Greed, Power, Religion, War – is set to be released on Monday, September 29. It is their seventh long-player.

Candlelight plans to put out that album, along with previous LP The Brutal Truth, in a double-vinyl edition, as well as promising to release a further three albums from the band.

Steven, 50, of Westoe, South Shields, added: “This deal means that we’re secure for the next four albums, and they distribute worldwide.

“The label wants to take us on tour as well, in America, South America, Asia and Europe.

“It’s great to be with a label that has really got some clout in the industry. We’ve already started writing stuff for our next album, and it’s a big time for us.”

To find out more about the band, look for The Fiend on Facebook.

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