In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack. Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend, Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.
Theatre Of Hate’s debut double-A-side single, “Legion”/”Original Sin”, topped the independent chart in 1980, and “Westworld”, their debut album, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks. The single taken from the album, “Do You Believe In The Westworld?” has become an anthem and is still widely played in clubs and on international radio, as well as featuring on numerous compilation albums.
Supporting the likes of The Clash & Ian Dury lead to Theatre Of Hate headlining major venues across the UK & Northern Europe.
Theatre Of Hate imploded in 1982, with Kirk taking Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band has resurfaced over the years to play some very special shows.
Having been asked by John Curd to join The Damned for a massive show at London’s infamous Roundhouse in December 2014 the band once again joined the fray. A short set of dates around the London anchor show attracted rave reviews, as did a 6 night night SOLD OUT run in December 2014. (see reviews below)
2015 saw the band play two short jaunts across the UK in April and December both sets of dates wowed large crowds.
During touring in 2014 and 2015 the band constantly recorded at Oxygen Studios in Manchester, the first new studio album in 30+ years is now complete and released via a private pledge! ‘Kinshi’ was released on October 14th 2016 on CD, Vinyl, Download & Dub to pledgers. The 12 brand new songs are simply stunning. 2018 is looking like a very busy year with the album getting labels releases in Europe & the USA. Shows in the UK, Europe and the USA are already on sale.
Kirk, Stan and John will be joined by current Spear Of Destiny band member Adrian Portas (New Model Army) on guitar and Chris Bell (Hugh Cornwall) on drums to pay homage to the iconic TOH sound.
THEATRE OF HATE
1.Sensou Tour 2018
Fri 9th BRIGHTON Patterns
Sat 10th LEUVEN Het Depot
Sat 17th ST BRIEUC Ink’ Mas Street Party
Wed 28th NORWICH Waterfront
Thur 29th NUNEATON Queens Hall
Fri 30th LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Sat 1st STOCKTON Georgian Theatre
Sun 2nd GLASGOW King Tuts
Mon 3rd BRISTOL The Fleece
Fri 7th DUNFERMLINE PJ Malloys
Sat 8th HUDDERSFIELD The Parish
Sun 9th WREXHAM Live Rooms
Thur 13th NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Fri 14th SOUTHEND Chinnerys
Sat 15th MANCHESTER Academy – SOLD OUT
Sun 16th LONDON Islington Assembly
Advance Tickets & Venue Information
THEATRE OF HATE
Release Date: 9/11/18
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