???? - Bass
Rab - Guitar
Rick - Drums
Gogsy - Guitar
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Threats started of life in 1977 as
the Reflectors. Just 4 local lads from Dalkeith in Midlothian Scotland
who had a collective interest in Music.. Jim and Gogsy were next door
neighbours from when they were born and grew up together. Early
memories were a great interest in all things guitar based. The bands
that they grew up with were the glam bands of the 1970's. It was all
based on rock n' roll with bags o' fun thrown in for good measure.
(That rings a bell). Slade, T-Rex, Sweet, Mud, you get the picture.
After a few gigs round and about Edinburgh the band were signed by Playlist Records
The first release for Rondelet Records was the Go to Hell EP. (1981).
The success of the EP resulted in the band playing with UK Subs, Dead
Kennedys, Anti-Nowhere League and Chelsea.By this time Threats were firmly part of the UK Punk establishment and
were touring in their own right. In 1982 Threats were again back in the
studio recording the 6 track EP Politicians and Ministers.
By this time
the song writing had improved and songs had evolved a definite Threats
style. By 1983, the UK punk scene was dying and the Threats decided to
take a rest.
Threats played a few gigs on and off over the years,
but it wasnt until 1999 that they decided to put it back together again
properly. The resulting release was a 3 track Smash EP Back in Hell on
Intimidation Records. Threats were then invited to perform at the Punk
Extravaganza Holidays in the Sun Festival and have played the festival
every year since then with the exception of 2003.
Due to the success of the 2002 tour, Threats were approached by Doctor
Strange records from California and recorded the 12 Punk Moves album.
This was followed by another USA tour in 2003 which included 3 dates on
the west coast. The bands credibility was now firmly nailed in the USA.
Doctor Strange were so taken with the band that they needed any and all
recording of Threats in order to satisfy the new demand.During the 2002 tour Threats were recorded live at the legendary CBGB's
in NYC. The mayhem that night resulted in an unforgettable experience.
Both audio and video of the gig was recorded, and the Doctor strange
release was a 12" Red Vinyl limited edition (1000 Copies) of the gig.
DVD of that night will soon be available along with other footage of
Threats through the years.Demos and Rarities speaks for itself. A Doctor Strange release which
contains all the recorded works of Threats 1979-83. The album contains
a personnel timeline of threats over the years. CHECK IT OUT!.
2007 saw the Release of God is Not with us Today (Dr
Strange Records). This album was written by the band and this time had
no need to get the tail end of the 1980's out of their system. A
definite progression from 12 Punk Moves. Just as life moves on so does
Threats but at the same time remaining true to their roots. Check out
the reviews :-
"Parody and humor goes a
long way and these guys bridge the gap between '77 punk and today's
sound that is dead-simple and straight forward. I'll close with the
best lyrics in "Rejects," 'Can't wipe us out in the blink of an eye." -
"God is not with us Today is a marked improvement on what threats have
done before. Make no mistake, it is still Threats but this time the
band didn't have to get the pent up feeling of 1982 out their system.
This album definitely has a more powerful, smoking feel to it compared
to earlier releases. The purists might say "that's not punk" but they
say "Aye it fuckin is". .... and thats the truth hehe. " - PUNK AND OI
"I did listen to the new Threats LP two times and I REALY LIKE IT!!!!
Didn't expect it to be even better than the twelve punk moves album,
but I think it is. More melodic without losing any of the '82 spirit
and energy. No metal trash or electronic crap; good honest music. It
realy sounds like a life style if you understand what I'm saying.
"HOLY FUCK! It's balls to
the wall, absolutely a heart stopper. The EQ'ing is beautiful, Jim
sounds phenomenal, Gogsy is in top form!"
Rick - Tama Drums
Gogsy - Marshall Amps and various Guitars
Rab - Marshall Amps and various Guitars
I'm trying to find a top local band from Edinburgh to support us on our small UK tour. The Fornicators (Sweden) & No Decorum (Manchester) are playing Brannermans on the 29th May. If you are interested or know anybody who would be up for it please get in touch. Nice one Kenny
Aye we have a couple of gigs coming up
what about yerselfs ?