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Threats
22/10/2001



Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

Threats started out in 1977 as the Reflectors, went through dozens of bass players and drummers until 1979 chose the Threats name and Mad Mental Mick (drummer R.I.P.) joined followed by Dylan (bass). Played around Scotland till Rondelet Records invited us to tour with Anti Pasti and signed us after the first night - tour mayhem ensued!!!!! Gigged up and down Britain with, UK.Subs, Chelsea, Dead Kennedys, Exploited, Damned. Split up due to exhaustion, shit management/record company end of 1982. Gigged again in 83 but apathy killed it stone dead. Reformed 1996 after being asked for years, played two gigs in Edinburgh, thought nobody would turn ups, we were wrong, two great gigs!! 2001 asked if we would play H.I.T.S, couldn't find a guitar player so I had to do it myself, still a bit rusty when we played H.I.T.S.but totally enjoyed the whole weekend. Been playing regular since and thanks to Davy (bass) and Craigy (drums) Threats are exciting to play with again.


Discography.

1980 - Backlash e.p.various bands.Threats track - Pacivity
1981 - Go to hell/Afghanistan/Wasted-Rondelet e.p
1982 - Politicians and Ministers 12" single - Politicians and Ministers / Writing On The Wall / Dead End Depression / Cant Stop Me / Underground Army / 1980's - Rondelet e.p.
2001 - Back in hell/Pacivity (new recording) / Produc - Intimidation records e.p.


Why reform after all this time?

My first band, the best I've ever been in, the most fun I've ever had. Those songs ingrained in my D.N.A, my last band!


Describe the sound of the twenty-first century Threats?

A melodic sounding HAMMER on the head!!!!!!!


What is the highlight and what is the lowest point in the bands history?

Highlight: Playing at Glasgow Apollo with the Anti Nowhere League/Exploited.
Lowlight: The Death of my friend, Threats drummer Mick, he would have been so excited
about all this happening again.


If you could take a vocalist, guitarist(s), bassist and drummer from different bands to make your perfect band who would you choose (can be deceased)?

Well they wouldn't all be from the world of punk rock and I could think of loads of variations but one scary combination could be Cal from Discharge on vocals, Lemmy on Bass, James Hetfield from Metallica on Guitar/backing vocals and the young Rat Scabies on Drums.


What is the punk scene like in your area, and what is the last band you saw play?

There is no Punk scene where i live,there never has been and never will be cos they are all boring bastards.The last band I saw was Menace, we opened for them at the 13th note Glasgow (cheers George!) Very good night that was!!!!!

If The Threats were a type of alcohol, what drink would they be and why?

AAH! thats easy, I asked the band and right away we agreed,LAGER AND PETROL TOPS or VODKA AND AGENT ORANGE .hehehe!

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2001/2002.

Play as much as possible and hopefully get an album out at long last.


Any final comments?

Aye! Threats would like to say CHEERS! to Jock and Carol @Mohawk Masters, Jim @ Intimidation records,George13th note,Gerry and Mo,Punkrock Scotland for the gigs, Darren Russell for putting us on at H.I.T.S.and Jutters for the contacts. Craigy and Davy if ye ever try to leave the band it'll be CONCRETE WELLIES hahahaha!


Single due out (Nov 01) 'Back In Hell'. Copies are available from Intimidation Records

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