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/Gig /Middlesbrough /Wasted Youth plus The Scarlet Hour
March 16 @ 19:30 - 23:00 GMT£15
Wasted Youth were an English post-punk band from London, England, active between 1979 and 1982, which blended post-punk/pre-Goth with dark acoustic strains of the sort associated with Nick Drake and Syd Barrett. The line-up of the original band was Ken Scott (vocals and guitar), Rocco Barker (guitar), Nick Nicole (synth), Darren Murphy (bass) and Andy Scott (drums). Their records were released through Bridgehouse Records, a label set up by the bass player’s father, former boxer Terry Murphy.
Wasted Youth emerged from the Plaistow power pop trio The Tickets who were fronted by Ken Scott with brother Andy on Drums and John McGeady on bass.
Rocco Barker went on to join the band Flesh for Lulu and was in the Channel 4 show, A Place in Spain: Costa Chaos.
The band’s bassist, Darren Murphy, died of cancer on 15 February 2012. The band’s drummer, Andy Scott, also of Cockney Rejects fame, died of cancer on 29 May 2020.
In October 2021, Ken Scott and Rocco Barker announced that they were reviving Wasted Youth, with new members Ray ‘Sonic’ Hanson (from Thee Hypnotics) on guitar, Alan Temple (from The Low Gods) on drums, Teresa Casella (Miranda Sex Garden) on bass and Josef Rosam on (from Dorothy Vallens) second bass, synth and percussion, who joined in March 2022. The first shows for the reformed band sold out within hours of going on sale. Wasted Youth are special guests on the Psychedelic Furs UK tour in April and play the PowerHaus in London on 14 May 2022.
Formed in 2021 from members of Alternative/Post-Punk trio The Seventh Victim, The Scarlet Hour are a Synth Darkwave duo based in the North East. Delivering brooding bass hooks, driving rhythms and dystopian lyrics of a tormented mind, sprinkled with Synth-Pop melodies. Their debut album will be released in 2022.Music for disenchanted souls.