A brief history of the band
The band officially started in 1980 as a
By 1981 the band had written and recorded their first album ‘We are the League’ which was at no 1 for many weeks in the independent charts along with 3 singles ‘Streets of London’, ’I Hate People’ and ‘Woman’, although the album was very successful for the
by 1983 the band were riding high and brought in a second Guitarist ‘Gilly’ to add a more musical sound and recorded the aggressive live album ‘Live in Yugoslavia’ which was received very well, especially with the former Yugoslavians who for many of them meant that Punk Rock had arrived in their neck of the woods. Later
After the release of their last single ‘Out in the Wasteland’ in 1985 the band became disillusioned with the whole music scene and had lost their way in what direction the band should be going so decided on one last major tour to get inspiration, Australia was calling. The Australian tour turned out to be very good for the band and the ‘Perfect Crime’ album was written and regenerated some enthusiasm again, thanks to Australian Punks.
But by the time the ‘Crime’ album got recorded the band were not happy with the end result, although the album was written with electric guitars it ended up using synthesizers and fell into oblivion, so finally in 1989 the band recorded ‘The Final Farewell’ show in the Victoria Hall, Southborough and soon after decided to call it a day and split.
It was in 1991 that the band made the decision to get back together thanks to Metallica covering their song ‘So What’ and asking Animal to join them up on stage to sing the song ‘live’ with them at Wembley. Although the band were enthusiastic about rebuilding the band musically they had a lot of work ahead of them and because of the Metallica’s
JB had not rejoined the band along with
They had a great time writing the ‘Scum’ album at ease with the fact they were writing it for themselves and not a record company but it did suffer however with lack of studio time and both agreed with each other not to let it happen again. In the late nineties and after a couple of USA tours of hard work and little money Winston decided enough was enough and left the band, he was replaced by Jon Jon who filled Winston’s shoes nicely and the band were back in business.
After numerous appearances at festivals and many short tours Magoo could not balance the touring with his daytime job and had to quit the band he was also having trouble with stage nerves, this meant Animal was the only original member. So after many band member changes with in the next couple of
With the line up now Animal, Jez, Shady and Nato they were back on the road pushing a new album and were again a force to be reckoned with. For the next few
2006 Animal wrote the ‘Road to Rampton’ an album he said he had to do, it was his life story that picked up a new audience within the rock world and was hailed as a Punk musical it showed the band was now capable of playing loud and confidently crossing Punk with metal.
Now the band are firing on all cylinders, touring with bands such as Motorhead and Rancid and
But in 2012 and after a very difficult Australian tour Jez parted company from the band and Tommy ‘H’ took up the top position on guitar then sadly within a year Nato had to leave the band due to army commitments and was replaced on the drums by ‘crazy’ Sam Carnage which is now the current line-up
In 2016 the band released their definitive album ‘the Cage’ which is an insight of how “we all live in cages we have built for ourselves” and has been hailed as their finest to date. 2017 will see the release of their ‘covers’ album ‘League Style’….’ Loosen up volume 1’ a collection of Reggae songs that Animal and Winston grew up
So to sum up, the band are now playing live and recording doing what they do best’……. swimming against the flow of the controlled music business’, again proving Punk is the last music rebellion and is still a major music force to be reckoned with.