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A Five-piece blues / punk / hardcore band from Exeter, signed to Fierce Panda.

So here's the deal - THE COMPUTERS consist of Alex (guitar / main vocals), Sonny (guitar / vocals), Nic (bass / vocals) and Aiden (drums), New guy (keyboards). They live in Exeter and they fuse garage rock'n'roll with 80's hardcore. Think Black Flag playing Chuck Berry or The Nerve Agents covering Elvis Costello and you're getting the picture. Read more on

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Sunday Slaylist: Reading & Leeds Festival 2013

August 11th, 2013

Reading & Leeds Festival 2013 Thrash Hits

With the August Bank Holiday weekend rapidly approaching, Reading & Leeds Festivals are once again upon us. As with every year, Reading & Leeds have a bit fat dollop of heaviness in among the landfill indie, so for this week’s Sunday Slaylist we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of the hardest and heaviest from their 2013 line-ups.

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Sonisphere, Bloodstock, Download, Reading & Leeds: announcements aplenty

April 28th, 2009

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Bloody Hell – pretty much every single one of the UK’s heavyweight rock festivals came on strong today, tossing out new announcements to try to stay ahead of the competition and keep up the buzz. Some of them had something a bit more impressive to shout about than others though, it has to be said…

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Live: Kerbdog, Slaves To Gravity & The Computers @ London Camden Barfly – 16 August 2008

August 18th, 2008

After playing a few reunion shows in Ireland in 2007, Kerbdog agreed to play a Kerrang! Awards Show at the Barfly. Lynsey Wright was there to take some photos and report on a welcome return.

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The Computers’ set is short, sharp and like a punch in the gut. Shrieks, screams and stop-gap drums make for an exciting show from this Devonshire band.

Second up is alt-rock band, Slaves to Gravity, formed from the ashes of the now defunct band, The*Ga*Ga*s, their power riffs and ballad-like songs can’t help but seem a little wasted on somewhere as small as the Barfly. It’s stadium rock at its best, err… minus the stadium!

After “10-odd years”, as front man, Cormac Battle, puts it, Kerbdog are back. And “who would’ve thought it?!” Yes, quite right Cormac, who would’ve?! It’s been a long time since the Irish trio graced the stage but the fans still flock in their herds to see if they’ve still got the magic.

At the Barfly in Camden they prove that they do. They churn out their best hits to chants of, “UK Tour!” from the audience and are bombarded with cheers before, throughout and after the set.

Crowd-surfers break their glasses and almost their bones as Kerbdog rock as much as middle-aged men can rock on a Saturday night in London.

Middle-aged or not, it’s clear that Kerbdog are still very much in demand.

Kerbdog, Slaves To Gravity & The Computers @ London Camden Barfly photo gallery

Future Hits 001: The Computers

June 4th, 2008

When the support acts for Rivals Schools’ comeback tour were announced, Thrash Hits. com was intrigued to see Exeter punk-upstarts, The Computers, on the bill. Hugh Platt caught up with the band to talk about life so far.

The Computers by Owen Richards

“We saw so many car crashes that whenever you got to a venue you thanked God you were still alive,” says frontman, Alex Kershaw, of the band’s recent tour in Poland. “Just getting from venue to venue was insane. They don’t have motorways!”

When you see The Computers live, with their punk rock riffs as big as anything by The Bronx and an ear for doo-wop, rockabilly melody delivered with the speed and intensity of an illegal cluster bombing, it’ll be you thanking God that you made it to the venue.

Interestingly, the four-piece, completed by drummer Will Wright, guitarist Sonny Crawford and bassist Nic Heron, have a killer unique selling point. “I wanted to form a hardcore band that wasn’t strictly a hardcore band,” explains Alex.

“We all love Sick Of It All and Black Flag, but there are already brilliant hardcore bands out there and I wanted to do this other thing.” This other thing? “We’re also fully into rock ‘n’ roll music like Elvis Costello, so we tried to blend those two elements together. It was completely pre-meditated.”

Despite their digital namesake, the band remains somewhat sceptical of embracing the internet as their prime method for world domination. “The internet means everyone can be into everything and get all the clothes and gear that goes with it. There’s no need to work at anything,” bemoans Alex.

Will has put his faith in tried-and-tested methods. “We don’t really think about stuff like that; we really think about playing shows. Most people find out about us being seeing us, rather than hearing us on the internet.”

At least until Alex cheekily butts in: “Or maybe on Radio 1”. That’s because the band caught the ear of the Radio 1 Punk Show’s Mike Davies. Considering how quickly they grabbed attention, they’ve every right to be smug. “We did it before we had ten songs,” Alex continues.

“Mike Davies got hold of our two-track single that we recorded when we had four songs, and just started playing it. Not only did he keep on playing it but he kept going on about how much he loved it! We got an email asking us to do a session for the Radio 1 Punk Show? We wanted to do that more than anything else in the world.”

Despite British punk music enjoying the effects of the Gallows-led renaissance, neither Alex nor Will have any delusions to sweeping rock megastardom – Alex’s declaration that “I’d love to release on something like Swami [Records], John Reis from Rocket From The Crypt’s record label” is as close to fantasising about the future as they get.

While they might not be on Swami just yet, the band are putting out a mini-album later this year on legendary UK label Fierce Panda – and it looks set to be incendiary.

Visit The Computers on MySpace. All photos by Owen Richards.