Sat 2 Feb
1919 – This band were an early contributor to what became the Goth genre and had chart success with the singles “Caged”, “Repulsion” and “Cry Wolf”” as well as the 1984 LP “Machine”, and recorded two Peel Sessions. In 2014, founding guitarist Mark Tighe realigned the band, including original drummer Mick Reed. Two European tours and a host of festival appearances later, 1919 signed a deal with Westworld Recordings in 2016 to release a new album, “Bloodline”, 35 years after their first. Sadly in January 2017 Tighe lost a short battle with cancer, leaving a chasm at the heart of the band. Having insisted the others carry on in his absence though, Mick, Rio, and Karl now had to do justice to the album, and to the memory of their fallen comrade. Bloodline was released to critical acclaim in 2017, with Vive le Rock’s Pete Woods writing “Good goths come to those that wait” in an 8/10 review. Louderthanwar said “‘Bloodline’ will bewitch you“, and Sonic Seducer calling its “nightmarish-hypnotic gloom” a “fitting tribute” to Tighe’s legacy. In April the band confirmed that Sam Evans would be their new full-time guitarist, and began touring the new album once again to rave reviews. And it’s great to have them with us for our first ever Bugbear outing in The Bell in beautiful Bath this evening. Flesh Tetris- glam space future psych with tech goth pop appeal and a hearty and healthy post X Ray Spex sassy punk angle, though with this lot you get two Poly Styrenes in the fab forms of Eva Menon and Karen Bell. Also starring Andy Heintz and Jez Miller from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and ace bass overlord Andy Dukey Duke. Fantastic band, 2019 shall be their’s... The Blunders – Politically charged attitude to the fore, punky but tight and disciplined grooves..a bit Clash like but perhaps more like an organic deconstructed Gang Of  4 meets Alabama 3…local punks made gooooood.
The Bell, Bath

Doors from 7.15
£9 on the door
£7 in advance
Sat 8 Jun
Vice Squad – the female fronted UK Punk Rock band that delivers short sharp songs with incisive lyrics spat out over a thunderous rhythm and machine gun Rock ’n’ Roll guitars. Renowned for their high energy live shows the band deliver their set with passion and humour and have been touring and releasing successful albums since the1980s. The band are currently recording their new album ‘Battle of Britain’ . Their last album ‘Cardboard Country’ was released on their own Last Rockers label and  launched on the back of a very successful Pledge campaign raising funds for the Shelter homeless charity in line with the album title.    Vice Squad is fronted by raucous voiced singer/guitarist Beki Bondage who was featured on the front cover of ALL the influential music tabloids back in the day. The band is 100% DIY and has no record company or management backing. Since reforming Vice Squad in 1997 the band has released several albums with powerful punk songs that are very well received by fans and press. In keeping with the DIY ethic the albums were recorded in the front room of Beki’s South London flat. Bugbear are overjoyed to bring Vice Squad to The Water Rats tonight, alongside… Nuffin – On 3rd August 1977, Nuffin’ turned up at the legendary Roxy Club to play ‘Audition Night’, only to find that Janet Street-Porter and a TV crew had taken over. Luckily, they were looking for an ‘undiscovered’ band as a counterpoint to all of the hype around at the time. And so a brief snap-shot of the the four Caterham teenagers, strutting their stuff and sharing their take on life, was captured for posterity. Roll on nigh on 40 years and by a series of happy collisions in hostelries Nuffin found themselves reforming their original line up for a charity gig. They enjoyed it so much they stuck at it, and recorded their original 1977 set and released as ‘Crowd Control’, one of THE punk long players of 2018. Nuffin now play every cool punk venue going from The 100 Club to The Dublin Castle alongside every great punk band imaginable from The Vibrators to Menace…or Vice Squad…..
The Water Rats

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance