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AboutThe Proles

PROLES- Proletariat- relating to the common people

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The proles were formed in early 1977 by four bored teenagers from the north east of England.  All four were friends from school and hailed from the mining village of Fence Houses, situated between the cities of Durham and Sunderland. They played their first gig at Gatsby's in late 1977 and continued to play the pub/small halls scene of the area.

In 1978 The Proles released their first vinyl offering in conjunction with 'Rock Against Racism,' an Organization set up to counteract the views and rise of The National Front.  It was a self-financed double A side EP with fellow gigers The Condemned and it contained two tracks, 'Stereo Love' and 'Thought Crime.'  Only 1000 copies of the disc were pressed and it sold out immediately. Live dates continued through to 1979 where The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle became almost a residency for The Proles. Their second single was also released in 1979 by the London based Small Wonder label.  The single featured 'Softground,' a quirky, catchy 'pop' song and the instrumental 'SMK.'

By now however 2-Tone was becoming fashionable and the audiences for original New Wave bands in Newcastle declined rapidly, as did the group's enthusiasm. Ironically The Proles were now at an artistic peak, but due to a lack of venues and having run out of a reason to go on, the band split up in 1980.

During their career, The Proles played with Siouxsie And The Banshees, Angelic Upstarts, Punishment Of Luxury, and were supported by The Abrasive Wheels.

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DH4 Charity Punk Festival ----Philadelphia CC Club---- Bunker Hill Ground, DH4 4JE City of Sunderland £10 on the door.

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  • Kevin Willis

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    Full Name: Kevin WillisPlace Of Birth: Fence HousesOccupation: Guitarist

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    Kevin Wilson

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    Full Name: KevinNick Name: WilsonPlace Of Birth: Fence HousesOccupation: Drummer

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    Peter

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    Full Name: Peter ShortNick Name: Peter ShortPlace Of Birth: Sunderland , UKOccupation: Lead Guitar

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    Do you wonder why?
    In the mid-70s the music scene in the U.K. had gone stale, all of our favourite bands (Velvet Underground, Mott The Hoople, Stooges, N.Y. Dolls) were no longer with us then along came punk/new wave This ‘new” music grabbed our imaginations and motivated us to form our own band and by the autumn of 1977 we were doing gigs & playing our own songs around the pub/club circuirt of our native north – east.
    Kevin (Willis), John and myself met at school and were firm friends long before we were in a band together, Kevin (Wilson) was a friend of my younger brother. We were all from a working class (and proud of it) background and were born and brought up in the same village in the industrial, urban north east of England. Our music sometimes represents our environment: harsh, ragged at the edges but we try to keep it interesting and do produce a mean ‘pop song’ (not the sugary sweet type).
    The band split up in 1980, we all kept in touch and periodically got together occasionally to record but mainly to reminisce and get drunk. Due to a renewed interest in our music we have once again found ourselves in recording studio (a preferred pastime, better than working for a living). We believe our music has stood the test of time and is as relevant today as it was when originally recorded.

  • John Black

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    Full Name: John BlackNick Name: John BlackPlace Of Birth: Fence Houses, EnglandOccupation: Lead vocals, Bass, Harmonica

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