It's Punk Rock son! We're over the moon that North East punk legends China Drum will play at this years Lindisfarne Festival.
Born and bred in Ovingham, China Drum went from Northumberland's rolling hills and soaking dales to tour with Green Day and record sessions with John Peel.
China Drum were formed in rural Northern England in 1989 by brothers Bill and Dave McQueen, a guitarist and bassist respectively, and singing drummer Adam Lee. Then teenagers, the members first began rehearsing in a local farm's empty pig shed powered by an electrical generator.
After four years of extensive local and regional gigging, the band self-released their debut single, "Simple", in 1993 which was championed by the great John Peel, Steve Lamacq, Jo Whiley and Mark n Lard later made Fiction Of Life single of the week on the Radio 1 Breakfast show. They were also heartened when Frankie Stubbs and his influential punk band Leatherface received the single warmly and covered the B-side track "Meaning" on their "Little White God" single the following year.
The "Great Fire" single was issued later in 1994 by the London-based Fluffy Bunny Records imprint before a UK tour with Green Day which also included an Amsterdam date, their first international gig. Green Day remained supporters of the group, and bassist Mike Dirnt can be seen wearing a China Drum t-shirt in the music video for their successful single "When I Come Around". Over the next two years, China Drum released the Barrier EP and numerous smaller releases, many of which received national support from such outlets as BBC Radio One.
The band soon signed with Mantra, a sub label of Beggars Banquet Europe and Japan and MCA Records in the US who issued a reworked version of the Barrier EP in the United States. They released their debut album, Goosefair, in 1996. The album peaked at No 53 on the UK Albums Chart and saw good critical reception, with AllMusic critic Jack Rabid calling the material a mix of "wild catchy pop and charged rock and roll" and Hybrid Magazine's Tom Topkoff praising the group's heavy pop prowess. Extensive international touring followed in support of the album, including dates in North America, Bosnia, and Sarajevo, and shared bills with Ash and Supergrass.
Their breakthrough hit came via a high-tempo cover version of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights", which received its first wide release as the B-Side to Goosefair's lead single, "Can't Stop These Things". This foreshadowed the band's practice of recording punk versions of pop songs: they later recorded Crowded House's "Fall at Your Feet" in a similar vein, and the theme tune to the television programme The Adventures of Rupert Bear also became a fan favourite at concerts.