The Primitives

Date:Thu 11 Aug 2022
Time:Doors 7pm
Venue:J2 (standing show)
Price:£22.50 adv

The Primitives emerged from the UK independent music scene of the mid-1980s, with a sound that distilled the shimmering guitar chime of The Byrds, the buzzsaw style of The Ramones and 60's girl group melodies into two-and-a-half-minute pop gems. After topping the indie singles chart several times, their widely acclaimed first album, Lovely, made them one of the UK’s most revered alternative rock acts, while the international success of the single 'Crash' saw them cross over to a mass audience.

Further chart success followed, along with two more studio albums, Pure and Galore, plus extensive tours of Europe and the US, before the band called it a day in 1992.

In 2008, Mojo Magazine named The Primitives’ second single 'Really Stupid’ one of the top 40 greatest UK indie singles of all time. The band were reunited in 2009 by the untimely passing of their original bass player Steve Dullaghan, reforming to play a show in his memory later that year in their hometown Coventry; their first time on stage together for 17 years. Bolstered by the success of this and of a secret show in London, they went on to tour the UK in April 2010, followed by shows in the US and mainland Europe.

In 2011 The Primitives released the Never Kill A Secret EP through Fortuna Pop! The record featured two brand new songs and two covers of female fronted pop obscurities,
the latter two being a taster for the covers album Echoes and Rhymes, released on Elefant records in 2012. An album of new original Primitives songs entitled Spin-O-Rama was released in 2014 and was showered with lavish praise. The general opinion being that it sounded like an alternative follow-up to their classic 1988 debut album Lovely.

The Primitives went back into the studio in late 2016 to record tracks for the New Thrills EP, which was released in May 2017. Bloom! The Full Story 1985-1992, a 5 CD box set exploring the first wave of The Primitives’ career was released in 2020 on Cherry Red Records.

Since reforming the band have toured the UK multiple times, performed all around Europe and paid several visits to the US and Japan. The current line-up of The Primitives includes original members Tracy Tracy (vocals), Paul Court (guitar/vocals) and Tig Williams (drums).


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Storyboard c/w Lady Jane (7” Vinyl, Alley Club Records ACR003)

‘90s indie heroes finally get a vinyl release for their excellent single ‘STORYBOARD’. Fans of that “all guitars blazing” mod/indie sound will find a spiritual home here and COLORIDE draw from the whole gamut of mod culture and take in The Who and Northern Soul via Britpop while stopping at all points in between. The resulting blend is an amphetamine blast of rock that could teach today’s young whippersnappers a thing or two.

Opening to a wall of glorious feedback ‘Storyboard’ has the type of beat that demands you move your feet and is very pogo inducing. Garnished with sublime harmonies it’s the ultimate distillation of power pop and condenses it into a wonder three minute ditty. My only complaint is that a 2:45 it’s just too damn short but it certainly leaves the listener salivating for more. ‘Storyboard’ is the opening track to their album ‘Nothing Is Everything’ (available via Heavy Soul ‘45s) and you can certainly understand why it was given top billing. An earworm that’ll haunt you long after the needle’s left the groove ‘Storyboard’ fizzes and sparkles with a bubbly effervescence.

Flip the vinyl over and you’re in for another treat. Also culled from the highly recommended ‘Nothing Is Everything’ opus ‘Lady Jane’ is even more vivacious. Introduced by some retro organ (always a good move) it arrives like a ball fired from a cannon and ‘Lady Jane’ inhabits a similar space as ‘Storyboard’; it’s more high octane guitar rock and it has enough energy that gives it a “crossover” appeal that’ll attract all sorts herbert’s and spiky tops. With all the needles firmly in the red and awash with Hammond ‘Lady Jane’ is guaranteed to liven any party.

Another winner from Alley Club Records. It’s time to Coloride your world.

Review by Pulse-Alternative Magazine.



Loud, Mod / Garage band (Northants based) kicking up a racket on our debut album “Let’s Go!” and second album “Look Out! It’s The Hurricanes!” We play our own songs as only we know how, and yes, we are old enough to know better!

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Doors price £25.50

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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