Time: 38 min.
Lyrical themes: social issues, pacifism
Style: Punk Rock
SUBWAY SECT are one of the first british punk bands. Although their commercial success was limited by the small amount of recorded material they released, they have been credited as highly influential on the "Postcard Records" scene and the indie pop genre which followed. The core of the band was singer/songwriter, Vic Godard, plus assorted soul fans, who congregated around early gigs by the Sex Pistols until Malcolm McLaren suggested they formed their own band. Subway Sect were among the performers at the 100 Club Punk Festival on Monday, 21 September 1976 - sharing the bill with Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Clash and the Sex Pistols. The first line-up of Godard on vocals, Paul Packham on drums, Paul Myers on bass and Rob Symmons on guitar lasted for 4 gigs before Mark Laff replaced Packham. Laff himself would leave for fellow punk group Generation X after the White Riot tour. SUBWAY SECT is not limited to one style: starting off with as singer / songwriter sound they plunged the London late 70s punk scene recording from punk to jazz to folk to mod music.Discogs , Lastfm , Bandcamp , Wikipedia , Web , Facebook , Blog , Twitter , MP
Format: CD , LP
Time: 40 min.
Style: Mod Soul
The story of Subway Sect is a fascinating one, almost screenplay-worthy. Missed opportunity, iconoclasm at its finest, and a lot of good, good music would fill the pages, with Godard the artist at the center. While he's never stopped moving forward and recording new material, in 2007 he and some mates decided to revisit recordings made in 1978 that were due to have become the first Subway Sect album, but were instead buried and ultimately lost. He decided to do the same thing with a demo tape made in 1979 that never came to fruition. The songs were inspired by the pounding beats and sweet sounds of Northern Soul; one of them, "Holiday Hymn," was rescued by Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice back in their early days. Working with original Sect bassist Paul Myers, who had originally introduced Godard to Northern Soul, ex-Sex Pistol Paul Cook on drums, plus Kevin Younger, Mark Braby, and Yusuf B’Layachi, Godard turns the clock back admirably with the expert production skills of Seb Lewsley and Vic's old mate Collins. The songs have the propulsive rhythms, percussive guitars, and percolating bass of Northern Soul nailed, are recorded with little fuss and lots of punch, and sung with panache by Godard. He's not a great singer by any means, but he does have one thing you can't learn, though, and that's charisma. He yowls and howls through the songs here like Kevin Rowland's wise older brother, giving it everything he's got, and the big beat gives him all the cover he needs. It's not surprising OJ dug out "Holiday Hymn," it's more surprising that the rest of the songs weren't snapped up by bands who needed a hit in 1979 or thereabouts. Every song has a brilliantly shiny chorus, chord changes that inspire deep nostalgic feels, and a snappy, tough-minded lyrical outlook that fit the era and still sounds right in 2014. It's a shame these recordings never saw the light of day back then, and that the original demo isn't available, but Godard and his crew do a fine job bringing them to life finally and fully.Discogs , Lastfm , Bandcamp , Another Review