Birmingham proto-punks BLACK BOMBERS have announced a new mini-album and a handful of dates to go with it.
The six-track 10” vinyl Vol 4 is due for release on Easy Action Records on 29th March and follows on from their three previous releases, their self-titled full-length debut and two 7”singles, ‘Crazy’ and ‘Rush’.
Black Bombers comprise guitarist and singer Alan Byron, bassist Darren ‘Birchy’ Birch and drummer Dave Twist. Between them they have done time with the likes of The Prefects, Gunfire Dance, Brian James, Walter Lure, The Godfathers and seminal Birmingham garage band, TV Eye, and been compared to The Stooges, Third World War, Pink Fairies and early Motörhead
The trio laid down the tracks in the band’s lock up with engineer Simon Bishop and his Dragon Electric mobile studio. Vol 4 serves up five band originals, plus a striking cover of Paisley Underground band Green On Red’s ‘Hair Of The Dog’ from their classic 1985 album Gas Food Lodging.
“Al and I are fans of Green on Red and thought that ‘Hair of the Dog’ would sound great with a heavier treatment,” says Birch. “We imagined a cross between Crazy Horse and Blue Cheer…”
“We’d had ‘Relentless’ for a while and recorded it for the debut album,” explains Twist. “But it didn’t feel right somehow, so we left it off. We got it right this time – cutting out anything that didn’t propel the thing forward.”
The band have a handful of shows lined up in April. Catch them live at…
4 April – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ The Folk Devils)
7 April – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough (w/ Eight Rounds Rapid)
14 April – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind)
18 April – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Last Great Dreamers)