A new show just announced – a rare opportunity to see an iconic Glasgow band with one hell of a reputation.
James King and the Lonewolves – the Glasgow band famed in the 1980s for their wild gigs – are back together, and still have some bite about them. They play at The Cluny2 in Newcastle on Saturday 18th July. Doors 8pm.
As outspoken frontman James proves when he explains why music could do with a shake-up.
“I looked around at bands I like, and there’s good stuff like the Amazing Snakeheads, but there’s all these folk-rock bands around who look like geography teachers,” he says.
In the early 80s, after Postcard Records went bust, James and company quickly earned a reputation as Scotland’s most dangerous and hotly-tipped group, with tales of brawls at gigs and bust-ups with the crowd. While some of that was true, the singer reckons the band’s attempts to play up to the hype backfired on them.
“People were waiting to pounce on us, and there were people who might have gone to our concerts who’d say ‘ah, this is too wild for us’. When you take the game on you try to use all that hype to get attention, but you can’t cry when that goes wrong and you’re saddled with the image.
“By the end of the day, we didn’t care what people wrote about us. They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but there is. A band like the New York Dolls got a lot of it, and what people forget is that those bands failed initially. They’re revered now but they couldn’t get arrested as an active band.”
The Lonewolves eventually broke up in 1985, despite interest from record companies. However, after reforming to play a tribute gig for Glasgow promoter and restaurateur Allan Mawn in 2011, James and guitarist Jake McKechan decided to keep the group going as an ongoing concern.
Yet this isn’t a quick nostalgia project. They’ve already released a double A-side single that contains new recordings of old favourites Fun Patrol and Pretty Blue Eyes and have just released the critically acclaimed new album “Lost Songs Of The Confederacy” on Sterogram.
Tickets are available now from the venue and on line