“Rock music in the seventies was changed by three bands—the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and The Saints.” (Bob Geldof)
On the 40th anniversary of the release of The Saints’ classic album (I’m) Stranded, founding member, guitarist and songwriter Ed Kuepper will revisit the material performed by that seminal band from an era when a suburban Brisbane band took their sound to the world.
The Aints, the powerhouse vehicle of Ed Kuepper, bassist Peter Oxley (Sunnyboys), drummer Paul Larsen (The Celibate Rifles), keyboardist Alister Spence (Laughing Clowns), complete with a three-piece horn section, will join us at The Gum Ball in 2018, performing the material from the holy trilogy of Aussie Punk Rock: (I’m) Stranded (1977), the hugely influential Eternally Yours (1978), and the genre-defying Prehistoric Sounds (1978).
"They were kind of god-like to me and my colleagues. They were just always so much better than everybody else. It was extraordinary to go and see a band that was so anarchic and violent." - Nick Cave
If you want to know more about The Saints and their influence on the punk rock world in the late '70s, you can read about it here.
But wait, there’s more …
Out of this reformation of The Aints, it has been an announced that the band will be recording an album early next year – working title The Church Of Simultaneous Existence – comprised entirely of songs written by Kuepper in the period 1973 – 1978.
"Things had started to move fairly quickly once The Saints recorded [I’m] Stranded (Fatal Records) in mid ’76. We recorded three albums over the next two years as well as doing a fair bit of touring, and for a while things were looking very promising, however, business problems, compounded by personal and artistic differences meant the band didn’t get around to recording all the material I had lying around... so 40 [very] odd years later it occurred to me that these songs might well have made up a hypothetical 4th album… The Church of the Simultaneous Existence…..the songs that refused to die…. performed in much the way they would have had the band not split up in 1978.’’ – Ed Kuepper (on the until now, lost songs of The Saints.
This is not a Gum Ball set you'll want to miss.