Spear of Destiny (UK), Royal Honey, Love Dumpster


Spear of Destiny (UK), Royal Honey, Love Dumpster

Fri, February 15, 2019

8:00 pm


Pittsburgh, PA

$12 ADV/$15DOS

This event is 21 and over

Spear of Destiny (UK), Royal Honey, Love Dumpster
Spear of Destiny (UK), Royal Honey, Love Dumpster
SPEAR of DESTINY at Cattivo
with special guests Royal Honey and Love Dumpster
Presented by Aesthetic Parlour
21+ Proper ID Required

$12 Advance/$15 DOS

British post-punkers Spear of Destiny were founded in 1983 by singer and songwriter Kirk Brandon and bassist Stan Stammers with an ever-changing line-up through the years.

Brandon's music career started in 1978, in Clapham, south London, with the formation of punk group The Pack, in which he was the singer and songwriter.
Brandon then formed the post punk new wave band Theatre of Hate in 1980 recruiting Stan Stammers on bass guitar, Nigel Preston on drums, Billy Duffy on guitar and John 'Boy' Lennard on saxophone. Theatre of Hate had their largest hit from the Westworld album with the single "Do You Believe in the Westworld?", which achieved #40 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1982, while the album rose to #17 in the UK Albums Chart in March 1982.

Theatre of Hate disbanded in 1983. Brandon and Stammers were then joined by Lascelles James on saxophone and Chris Bell on drums to form Spear of Destiny. The new band adopted a more melodic and less aggressive sound, distancing themselves from post-punk and moving a little more towards mainstream pop.

While continuing to explore the political ideas that he wrote about in Theatre of Hate, Brandon's lyrics for Spear of Destiny dealt more frequently with the classic pop themes of love and romance. The band played a punk-influenced form of powerful rock, which often had an anthemic feel. They have released 14 albums including 2018's Tontine.

Spear of Destiny recorded one session for John Peel (recorded 22 November 1982, transmitted on BBC Radio 1 on 29 November 1982). Their second album, One Eyed Jacks was released in 1984. It reached No. 22 in the UK Albums Chart] Spear of Destiny’s reputation in the mid-1980s depended to a greater extent on their live performances.

In 1985, their album, World Service reached the UK Top 20. Founder member Stan Stammers left in 1986. In the wake of the release of the fourth album, Outland (1987) and its Top 15 hit "Never Take Me Alive", the band began achieving some chart success and staging sell-out concerts, including a support slot to U2 at Wembley Stadium. However, Brandon developed reactive arthritis which obliged the band to put all their plans on hold for nearly a year.

Spear of Destiny have had 10 UK Singles Chart entries. In addition to Brandon and Stammers, past members of the band in the 1980s included former Gillan drummer Pete Barnacle, former JoBoxers bassist Chris Bostock, former Adam and the Ants guitarist Marco Pirroni, and former Tom Robinson Band and Stiff Little Fingers drummer Dolphin Taylor.

Brandon was also a member of the supergroup Dead Men Walking, which toured Europe and the States and featured members of The Alarm, The Stray Cats and The Damned.
Venue Information:
146 44th Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15201