Drill (UK band)
Drill Origin Newcastle upon Tyne, England Genres Industrial rock
Years active 1989–1994
Labels Abstract Sounds
Website drill official site Past members Kevin Wilkinson
Drill are a band from North East England. They were formed in early 1989 and released albums on the Abstract Sounds, Retribution Records and Muza Muza labels. After splitting in 1994 they reformed in 2005 releasing a new album in 2008. The Drill project was shelved late 2009.
Drill are notable for not using a drummer and for writing industrial rock music with time signature and tempo changes within each song and for writing songs that do not follow the typical verse, chorus, bridge etc song structures.
1989 - 1994
Kev Wilkinson and Tony O'Brien started Drill in 1989. Following the success of early demos and support slots with Bomb Disneyland (later to be known as Bomb Everything) and Ride the band recorded and released the album Skin Down in 1991 on Abstract Sounds. The album was well received by the music press, with Melody Maker describing it as "a musical white knuckle ride". The line up at the this time was:
To promote the album the band was booked to tour the UK with the band Pitchshifter, however on the eve of the tour the tour bus was involved in a serious road crash during which the tour bus overturned injuring several members of the band.
Davy Craig left the band due to lack of touring, and was replaced by Andy Cooper before the band recorded and released the album White Finger in 1992 again on Abstract Sounds. For one track on the album The sound of rock, they were joined by guest drummer Gary Binns and Chris McCormack from the band Forgodsake. Chris McCormack later went on to form 3 Colours Red.
The White Finger album saw the band use sampling and move towards a more electronic sound. Again favorably received, it was described by The Guardian as sounding like "Freddy Krueger stalking around Tyneside in a thick fog".
The band released the album Paroxysm on Retribution Records in 1993 and the live album Snuffed on Muza Muza in 1994. The line up of the band for these albums was:
In 1994 the band ceased.
2005 - 2009
In 2005 the band reformed with original members:
They were joined briefly on drums by Mark Lough from Hug Lorenzo, however due to conflicting commitments he left and the band went back to using sequenced drum patterns.
In 2007 Tony O'Brien left the band to be replaced briefly by Dave Francis.
In 2008 the band released the single Pitmanic and album The Last Taboo of America on Saturate with the line up:
Davy Craig returned briefly and played guitar on Pitmanic but left due to ill health.
Andy Cooper rejoined the band shortly before the Drill project was shelved in 2009.
- Skin Down (1991 on Abstract Sounds)
- White Finger (1992 on Abstract Sounds)
- Paroxysm (1993 on Retribution Records)
- Snuffed (1994 on Muza Muza)
- Pitmanic (2008 on Saturate)
- The Last Taboo of America (2008 on Saturate)
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