The first ever single by Hamsters is released via German Shepherd Records on Friday 10th April 2015.
The subject matter is retro rocker Vince Taylor, who was inspired by Gene Vincent and in turn inspired David Bowie to create Ziggy Stardust. It comprises 3:12 of blues soaked punk with the trademark bellicose vocal from Ian “Moet” Moss.
For those not in the know Hamsters formed in 1980 “as a reaction against the raincoat clad pseuds of Manchester, whose dreadful negative tuneless drones were being given space in all the live music venues around the city. A young latter day punk rock crowd embraced them for their unquestionable ‘ don’t care what you think ‘ attitude, while being puzzled by the primitive but ambitious sound collages the band created. The art-rock crowd of City Life reading chin strokers derided them as yobs , rude and very crude.”
As a band they didn’t fit in , they stood apart from a post-punk scene which was quickly being hamstrung by it’s own success. Rather than this being a weakness it became the Hamsters strength , they had no one to pander to and so did what they pleased, what came natural. Their reputation spread , wildly differing opinions of their merits were heard , but they were on people’s lips. They gained a deserved but highly exaggerated reputation for being trouble magnets and drew bans from many venues , but as doors were being slammed in their faces other doors opened , high profile gigs with the likes of Joy Division , The Fall and Orange Juice were played , guest spots around the country on the ‘ Weird Tales tour’ with The Mob , Androids of Mu, Astronauts and Zounds spread the word nationwide. Perhaps success eluded them because of either a dogged refusal to sign to the Factory label or the failure to secure a John Peel session – Peel felt that there was something “too dark and dangerous” about the band.
Some recordings were made, and over the years have been made available both in the UK and USA (see the German Shepherd compilation Bloody Hell!) but a mere 20 months after forming the Hamsters split, teetring on the edge of breaking into the big time.
So there was never an actual Hamsters single until now. After many attempts to revisit the band over they years they most recently reformed in November 2014 to play live it was decided to write some new material rather than become a covers band of their past glories. A week before the first gig at the Crescent, Salford as part of the German Shepherd live weekend , 4VT was written and opened the set that momentous evening,
Now it’s been taken into Simon ‘ Ding’ Archers 6 db studio in Salford , belted out with gusto and without further ado is presented to the world at large. With another single in the pipeline and gigs lined up it’s going to be a busy spring and summer for Hamsters.
Damien Hughes , drums and guitar
Nigel Blinston , guitar and whistle
Jon Rowlinson , bass and vocals
Ian Moss , vocals
Stephen Middlehurst & Bob Williams – Spirit and inspiration
11th April – The Crescent Salford
24th April – Dulcimer, Chorlton, Manchester