The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster to play Guildhall

Gloucester Guildhall Presents

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster made a triumphant return to the music scene back in May with the release of ‘Blood and Fire’, their first full-length album for six years, and now, hot on the heels of ‘So Long, Goodnight’, the second single to be taken from the album, the band are bringing their trademark psychobilly sound to the Guildhall for what is sure to be a show to remember.

Cautiously described as a national treasure, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster formed in Brighton in 1999, and soon became renowned for their intense live shows. Between their first release, ‘Horse of the Dog’, in September 2002, and the latest offering, the band have seen changes not only in religion and lifestyle – in 2003 Guy McKnight, Tom Diamantopoulo and Andy Huxley all became Buddhists in the pursuit of sobriety – but also in the number of original band members remaining. Lead guitarist Andy Huxley left the band after second album ‘The Royal Society’, citing musical differences as the main reason for his departure. Three years later his replacement, Rich Fownes, announced that he too was leaving to join Nine Inch Nails (a deal which later fell through), and early this year the gap left by rhythm guitarist Marc R. Norris was filled by Dominic Knight of Screaming Tupelo fame.

All this upheaval during their six-year hiatus doesn’t seem to have affected their ability to make great music however, as general consensus among fans and critics alike seems to be that the band have managed to preserve the unique blues and gothic punk tone of previous albums, treading a fine line between genuinely thrilling and outrageous. And with a lead singer who regularly leaves the stage to mingle with the crowd during live shows we can only imagine what thrills the band have in store for the Guildhall later this month.

Thursday 21st October // Tickets £9 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s

For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at


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