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Saturday 6th April 2019

Folk Devils / Inca Babies

— Crofters Rights
An evening of Post-Punk-Blues and Swamp-Rock shenanigans from 80s John Peel favourites.
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Named after Stanley Cohen’s book on youth subcultures “Folk Devils and Moral Panics”, this band of London-based upstarts was formed by Ian Lowery (formerly of The Wall and Ski Patrol) in late 1983 with a line up that consisted of Mark Whiteley (Bass), Kris Jozajtis (Guitar) and Alan Cole (Drums). Throughout their short lifespan, the band released several acclaimed independent singles including “Hank Turns Blue”, “Beautiful Monster”, 1985’s “Fire And Chrome” EP, and recorded three sessions for BBC Radio’s John Peel Show. The band was short-lived yet burned brightly for two years and was very active on the UK live scene sharing bills with Nick Cave, The Gun Club, The Fall and Spacemen 3. The Gun Club are perhaps an apt reference point for the Folk Devils sound, intense bluesy punk with an aggressive psychobilly edge. Sadly, Ian Lowery passed away in 2001, age 45.

Now some 30 years later, Kris and Mark decided to reform for annual reunion shows to celebrate the release of their 2016 recorded works anthology “Beautiful Monsters” (Singles & Demo Recordings 1984-86) on Optic Nerve Recordings and to honour the memory of their friend and former frontman. They are joined by John Hamilton and Nick Clift, who played in a second incarnation of Folk Devils from 1986-87, and Dave Hodgson on vocals, former singer for post-punk band Parting Shots.


Inca Babies were formed in Manchester’s infamous Hulme district in 1982 by Bill Marten (bass) and Harry Stafford (guitar, later vocals). Their music was a raunchy Death Ray twang from a punk-trash, Americana perspective. Radio 1 DJ John Peel and his producer John Walters heard the Inca's first single 'The Interior' and offered them a session. It was to be the first of four they did for Radio 1 between 1984-87. With two number one slots in the Indie single chart and a top 5 album 'Rumble', the Incas soon began to find an audience in the UK and abroad. Stafford reformed the band in 2007 with Goldblade drummer Rob Haynes and former A Witness bassist Vince Hunt forming the new rhythm section. The album 'Death Message Blues' was released in October 2010, and their first single for 25 years, "My Sick Suburb", was released on 7" blue vinyl in April 2012, followed by the album 'Deep Dark Blue' later that year. The most recent album "The Stereo Plan" was released in September 2014.

Event photos for Folk Devils / Inca Babies:

 at Crofters Rights
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Artist Videos:

Inca Babies - She Mercenary - (Cut To The Beat, UK, 1985)

Artist Audio:

Folk Devils
Inca Babies

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