The first wave of British punk was a bust. Sid was dead and the Pistols signed Ronnie Biggs as their new singer, The Clash were adopting rock star poses, the Damned wanted to be goths, and the Buzzcock’s Pete Shelley bought a synthesizer.
But in Edinburgh ex-Squaddie Wattie Buchan and his mates were seriously pissed off. Angry at what they saw happening around them – a country in disarray with greedy politicians treating the people like shit; and with Johnny Rotten’s prediction of “No Future” become truer by the day, there was only one way forward – embrace the music that had given you so much and give it something back… your entire life!
Thus were spawned THE EXPLOITED.
Their debut album “Punks Not Dead” launched a new breed of politically outspoken anarcho-punk bands and become the number one independent album of 1981, selling 150,000 copies and reaching number 20 in the national charts. A year later ‘Troops Of Tomorrow’ was released and is now recognized as one of the all-time classic punk albums. This is a band that has inspired generations of punks, from originals such as Discharge, Agnostic Front and Anti-Flag right through to modern punk bands, and speed metal icons such as Anthrax & Slayer.
Anyone unsure of what The Exploited stand for need only read the label on the tin: the band’s albums include ‘Death Before Dishonour’, ‘Beat The Bastards’ and ‘Fuck The System’; and over the decades THE EXPLOITED have remained steadfastly true to their roots – never selling out, and never bowing down. The Exploited are fiercely socially and politically aware, covering everything from the Criminal Justice Act to the increasing use of Big Brother CCTV and never wavering from their anti-authoritarian, anti-war stance.
THE EXPLOITED are just as relevant today as they were in 1980 and with the band’s loyal squadron of fans The Barmy Army in tow, THE EXPLOITED are set to unleash 35 years of fury upon Australian and New Zealand.
In 2014 THE EXPLOITED signed with Heavy Music Powerhouse Nuclear Blast and will release a new studio album in 2016!
THE EXPLOITED December 2015 Tour Dates
Fri 4th – Christchurch – Allen St Rock Club
Sat 5th – Wellington – San Fran Bath House
Sun 6th – Auckland – Kings Arms
Thurs 10th – Brisbane – The Zoo
Fri 11th – Sydney – Manning Bar
Sat 12th – Melbourne – Max Watts
Sun 13th – Adelaide – The Gov
Mon 14th – Perth – The Capitol
Australian tickets on sale 31st August, 2015
NZ tickets on sale 2nd September, 2015