After far too long, post punk band Fischer-Z are back to tour the UK !
With support from Newtown Neurotics.
John Watts aka Fischer-Z’s 40-year career includes 20 albums and over 3000 concerts worldwide with success spanning continental Europe. Peter Gabriel, Steve Cropper and Dexy’s Midnight Runners have all contributed to recordings. In terms of shows, John’s band Fischer-Z have performed to crowds of 167,000 alongside James Brown in East Berlin and toured with both The Police and Dire Straits.
2017 saw the release of ‘Building Bridges’ and thanks to its success, Fischer-Z played to crowds reminiscent of the 79′ – 82′ hay day. Selling 10,000 tickets in Germany this autumn as well as selling out both De Roma (1800) in Antwerp (photo below) and the Paradiso (1500) in Amsterdam.
As a result, Fischer-Z go into 2018 stronger than every with tours booked across Europe and an exciting multimedia project to be released soon !
The Newtown Neurotics formed in 1979 by Steve Drewett, they began like so many others to attempt to get their clumsy fingers around three chords and ape the Ramones who were their heroes.
Sporting Joey Ramone length hair Steve would sneer at cries of “Bloody Hippie” from the audience but after a couple of numbers nobody cared they just went into pogo frenzy.
The early stuff from the band like “Hypocrite” and “When The Oil Runs out” singles were both great melodic punk songs on the type found in the early eighties but both were written prior to the election of the Thatcher monster.
The horror of this event changed what was the non-political writing style of Steve’s lyrics into the other extreme, and so in June 1982 “Kick Out The Tories” was released on CNT records.
This was a double “A” side shared with Mindless Violence as it was quite obvious that the political nature of “Tories” would prevent it some what from being Radio One’s Tony Blackburn’s single of the week !