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Swell Maps

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Swell Maps


Years Active: 1972 to 1980

Genre: Avant-garde, punk rock, post-punk

Country: England


Nikki Sudden (guitar, vocals)
Biggles Books (Richard Earl)
Phones Sportsman (David Barrington)
Danny Hole (or Stephane Doucerain) (drums)
John Clifford Barry (bass)
Darrell Bath (guitar)
Einar Stenseng (or Terry Miles) (Hammond, piano)
Nikki Sudden (guitar, vocals)

Artist Bio:

From their Wikipedia entry... Swell Maps were an experimental English rock group of the 1970s from Birmingham, that foreshadowed the birth of post-punk. Influenced by the disparate likes of T.Rex and the German progressive outfit, Can, they created a new soundscape that would be heavily mined by others in the post-punk era. Despite existing in various forms since 1972, Swell Maps only really came together as a musical entity after the birth of British punk rock. Consisting of brothers Epic Soundtracks (real name Kevin Paul Godfrey) and Nikki Sudden (real name Adrian Nicholas Godfrey) two Solihull based teenagers, plus Biggles Books (Richard Earl), Phones Sportsman (David Barrington), John Cockrill and Jowe Head, the band cut the single "Read About Seymour" as their debut in 1977, soon after the brothers left Solihull School (also home of Spizzenergi). It is widely considered one of the classic punk era singles[citation needed]. Epic's drumming mixed with Nikki's unique melodies crafted over the assorted threads cast by the six musicians set the band apart from the others. After recording their first John Peel session Swell Maps went into WMRS studio to record their first album A Trip to Marineville, which was released in 1979. With hard......[Read More]