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Spreading the Disease

It's time to get a bit of Metal in your Rock Diet. Two awesome bands on tour stopping at Dreadnought Rock, Scotland's Longest Running Rock Club, on Friday 13th September!

Spreading the Disease

About Spreading the Disease

13th September 2024
7pm
Dreadnought Rock
14 - 16 King Street, Bathgate EH48 1AX
£7 + bf
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SPREADING THE DISEASE

The band was born in 2015, birth child of Steve Saunders, ex bassist of “Hair of the dog”, “The Self titled” and “Avoidance of doubt” to name a few. The rest of the band consisted of Martin Osborne on guitar, Julian Riquelme also guitars, Edd Saunders on drums, Adam May lead vocals and Steve Saunders on bass duties.

The band had barely been together a few months when they recorded the bands first EP “Viral”, that secured them a KKKK! Kerrang review along with many other great reviews and the band went out on the road pretty much constantly from one end of the nation to the other.

By 2017 the band had managed to spread the brand across the UK significantly and decided to go back into the studio this time time to record the bands full length album “Insurrection”, a belter of an album consisting of 11 killer tracks that again secured dozens of great reviews from the likes of Metal Hammer ,Kerrang !, Powerplay magazine, Devolution magazine etc. By the time this album was being recorded the line up had changed bringing in “Jack Greenwood“ on drums and “Connor Snyder” on lead vocals.

Again the band went back out on the road playing dozens and dozens of venues across the UK including supporting bands like Raging Speedhorn, Sulpher, Diamond head among others. The band also managed to get their video single “Greed” played on rotation on the now defunct TV show “Scuzz TV”.

By late 2018 into 2019 the band again visited the studio to record their next EP, this album was a sophisticated mature album again taking the band on a slightly different musical journey. The album mixes in perfectly with the brilliant “Voices” video and all the bands artwork shining the light on mental health issues. Just as the band was beginning to promote the new album called “Mindcell” the band fell foul of interior problems resulting in Steve beginning to form a new line up, however soon after the official release “Brexit” landed and “Covid” closing down the world and our release and tour dates.

After Covid Steve got to work looking to put the band together again, finding new musicians, writing new songs and went on a small tour In the spring of 2021. things did not go well and internal problems became the demise of that particular line up consisting of “Ashley Cleland” on guitar, “Steve Saunders” on bass, “Jack la Haye” on drums and “Samuel Ragnarsson” on lead vocals.

It took a good two years after this in 2023 to re invent the bands line up having had a fair few temporary band members that never worked out before finally having Mister “Peter Swindley” walk through the doors, a fine drummer, “Cedryk Nigouy” on guitar , ”Steve Saunders” on bass, “Jon the viking” on lead vocals and “”Chris Schonning” on guitars, transforming the band into one hell of a line up now ready for 2024. Steve had written 10 new songs through Covid which are currently being recorded ready for release around spring/summer 2024. The band now has a spring tour booked across the UK along with some other dates and various festival slots to promote their new music and videos etc.

Also on tour with the lads are :

HEDRA

Formed in 2014 by guitarist Kamil Korsak with Jim Marten on vocals, Hedra released their first EP, Mind Dimension in 2016. The band lineup has been through various changes in the intervening years, but with James Redden joining in 2022 to bash the skins and Daniel Older taking over bass duties in 2023, Hedra are on a mission to bring their music to every corner of the UK and beyond.

With influences ranging from Iron Maiden to Muse to Soundgarden to Mastodon, the unmistakable and individual sound which conjures images of dark dystopian times makes Hedra stand out from the crowd while also appealing to those outside of the metal sphere.

The band have a strong work ethic and an insatiable hunger to perform live, entertain, share their music, and help the metal scene become stronger and more open to everyone. Passionate performances captivate audiences, with the camaraderie displayed by the band adding to the overall sense of belonging. Marten is an assured and commanding frontman who rides the waves created by Korsak and Older’s intricate guitars and Redden’s drums; always leaving a crowd wanting more. Hedra have released numerous singles and two further EPs since Mind Dimension, Polaris in July 2022 and The Pecking Order in November 2022.

Each EP the band has released has been based on themes that tell a story. The most recent release centres around the handling of the pandemic. Hedra were semi-finalists in the Northamptonshire heat of Bloodstock’s Metal to the Masses competition in June 2023 and played the infamous Cart & Horses in London (birthplace of Iron Maiden) as part of Metalfest London III in July 2023.

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