Official reissue one of the rarest UK punk singles – The Rebels ‘Suicide’ b/w ‘The Leader Of The Rebellion’.
“The Rebels were formed in 1977, in Sunderland, with an average age of 15. Over the next 3 years they played to packed audiences in pubs, clubs, youth centres etc. throughout the Northeast of England.
The initial line-up was Tony Van Frater (vocals) who went on to form Red Alert, Gaz Stocker (guitar) now bass player with Red London, Keith ‘Sticks’ Warrington (drums) who later played with the Angelic Upstarts before joining the Cockney Rejects, and Tom Von Spencer on bass guitar.
Dean Scrafton soon replaced Tony on vocals and when drummer Billy Kish took over from Sticks in the summer of 1978 they recorded 2 songs at Impulse Studios, Wallsend. The single Suicide c/w Leaders of a Rebellion was released on Rigid Records which received national airplay on the John Peel show.
The band went into the studios again. They recorded several tracks at Metro Radio Studios in Gateshead. Towards the end of 1979 they recorded another demo at Guardian Studios in Durham, which was eventually released 15 years later as the “Digging up the Dom” EP [tracks 1-4].
Despite a lot of interest in the band, from the likes of Jimmy Pursey, they failed to get that elusive record deal and split up in early 1980.”
(Mad Butcher Records)