Shay Colston of Evesham-based EHC Screenprinting is in Officer Down, which played its last ever gig in November. Signed to TNS Records (fans of this column will recall that the October Primal Screen artist, Faintest Idea, is signed to the same label), the band has called it a day as vocalist and guitarist Mike Gammon has moved to Bristol with his job in A&E, making rehearsals and gigs tricky.
Summing the band up as playing fast, melodic punk rock and “probably the worst band TNS Records ever signed”, Shay says a strong contender for the best band T-shirt he’s ever owned is his NOFX Murder The Government one.
Band name: Officer Down
Band members: Mike Gammon – vocals/guitars, Shay Colston – bass/vocals, Niall Jones – drums/vocals
Date formed: February 2005
Genre: Melodic Punk
Biggest musical influence: Strike Anywhere, Bad Religion, A Wilhelm Scream
Crowd pleasing tune: Open Waters
Best-ever gig: Zvera Festival in Latvia 2007 – it was so good to play a festival in a random country
Sum up your band in one sentence: Fast melodic punk rock – probably the worst band TNS Records ever signed
Best band moment/anecdote: Niall getting blind drunk in Pittsburgh. Man, he was feral
Your band T-shirt: Hand pulled by myself (Shay) using plastisol inks and cured on my Vastex belt dryer. I usually use Gildan Heavy cotton T-shirts.
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