in the summer of 1985, the 'Nails started out with Gra on bass, Toby
on drums, Tony on vocals and Humungus on vocals and guitar. The band
quickly went from strength to strength and played about 10 shows
before being offered a gig at the notorious Klubfoot, and then by
releasing two tracks on the infamous Stompin' at the Klubfoot series
This resulted in Toby joining the Meteors on drums. His
replacement in the Coffin Nails was Dave Ward, one of the bands loyal
followers from the beginning.
The next loss to the
band came when Tony announced he was moving to the North of England.
Good vocalists being difficult to find, drummer Dave stepped in and took
over as singer, while Smurf replaced him on drums. Now the line up was
stronger than ever!
brief negotiations in early 1987, Nervous Records offered to release
the band's debut album,
A huge European tour was organised to promote the release, and both
the tour and the album were huge successes.
was going well until February 1988 when Dave Ward's untimely
departure left the band singer-less. That was until Humungus, the band's
guitarist, stepped forward and found that his vocal talents and stage presence
made him the ideal front-man for the band. So impressed were Link Records - a
hugely successful alternative label - that a new record deal was offered and
the band's second studio album, was released at the end of 1988.
steady flow of gigs continued, mainly on the continent, until 1989
when Gra left to concentrate on his metal band. A replacement was
found in the form of Scott 'Mad Man' Milsom, a young double bass
player. This gave the band a new lease of life and a totally new
really was a period of changing band members. Smurf left to play in a
Ska band and was replaced by Fraddy for a short period during which
Live & Rockin was recorded and released on Link Records at the
end of 1989.
Gigs continued, but a day before a major German festival Fraddy rang the other band members to say he couldn't play the gig.
There was only one answer: Nasser Bouzida, drummer of the popular SKA
band The Loafers and long-time friend of Scott, was recruited. Nasser
learned the set by listening to the band on his personal stereo on
the journey to the festival. Against all odds, it proved to be one
the band's best concerts ever!
Nasser still on drums, the band returned to Nervous Records to record
their fourth and definitely best album so far,
The album was released in 1991 to universal acclaim. This led to a
huge tour of Europe and the band becoming a headline act at several
festivals. The band continued gigging for a couple of years until
1993 when, although never officially splitting up, Humungus and Scott
became heavily involved in other projects for a few years.
You can't keep a good thing down
for long and 1996 saw the return of band with a vengeance. 'Grandpa' Neil Fisher
joined on drums and Scott switched to electric bass. Europe was now more eager
than ever to see the band perform, and gigs flooded in.
Nasser then returned
briefly in 1997 and a brand new album
was released on the up and coming Greystone Records. Nasser was busy
in other bands so Pip joined on drums for live shows to promote the
album. Again, regular live dates in mainland Europe followed until
2001 when another new album was recorded.
sixth album was titled
For The Weekend
and again featured Nasser, who was prised away from his own projects.
Mad Man Scott played both electric and double bass.
A wide range of
musical influences led to an eclectic mix of styles yet all with the
Coffin Nails unmistakable trademarks of high energy and humour. Now,
with Clive Cornwall on drums, a European tour was organised at the
end of 2001. The album was officially released on Greystone in the
spring of 2002.
founder member Humungus, Mad Man Scott (bass player for over 14
years), and their new drummer Clive, the bands line up finally seemed
settled. The Coffin Nails early albums had brought them gigs all
across Europe, but these albums had also sold well in Japan and the
USA. Increasingly there were demands for new material, particularly
from the growing scene in America.
So in 2003, the band went back
into the studio and
was recorded and released, again on Greystone Records. This album saw
the band returning somewhat to its roots. The album is in places
darker and faster than ever before, whilst retaining the touches of
humour that the band has become synonymous with.
A German tour followed,
a one off show in Sweden, UK concerts (including the huge Wasted
Festival and Speedfreaks Ball).
In 2004, Cherry Red /
Anagram Records added to their 'Psychobilly Collectors Series' by
putting together a Coffin Nails 'best of' album entitled
Lets Wreck -
The Gravest Hits.
The album, covering the bands history from their debut (Ein Bier
Bitte) to their lastest album (Hard As Nails), also includes a great
collection of old and new photo's (some exclusive to this
As predicted gig offers came
from the USA. The bands first American shows were in California in
2005, then New York and back to California in 2006.
2007 started with an appearance at the
'Satanic Stomp' festival in
Speyer, Germany (where the band were joined on stage by the legendary
Nigel Lewis - ex Meteors), and gigs included a headline show at a
national UK Scooter Rally.
2008 and the band played
for the first time in Italy and returned after many years to one of
Europe's best festivals 'Just For Fun' in Spain. The year ended
with a mini-tour of Germany and supporting Batmobile at the infamous
Dingwalls venue in London. Song writing got underway with a new studio
album in mind.
2009 has been a very busy
year for the band, playing concerts across the UK, the Satanic Stomp in
Germany, 'You Only Live Once' festival in France, a headline show in
Bremen and their first show in Finland. Clive leaves the band and
Kris Rock-It joins on drums. A brand new album
The Dead Don't Get
released to rapturous reviews and even receives airplay on BBC Radio 1's
Punk Show with Mike Davies.