The Chords – legendary mod-rockers hailing from the post-punk era of 1979-81 – are returning to the live circuit for the first time in 30 years. There will also be a single released in August – the first new material from the band since 1981. Their most famous song, "Maybe Tomorrow", featured on the recent number one album "Mod Mania".
The Chords came to prominence during the Mod revival of 1979, and enjoyed considerable chart success in the early eighties with 5 singles on Polydor hitting the charts, and a top 30 album, the acclaimed "So Far Away". There were also appearances on Top Of The Pops, nationwide tours, and gigs alongside The Undertones, The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers.
They split up in 1981, since when there have been numerous compilations, best-of’s and live albums released, and a few one-off gigs with various line-ups. Chris Pope and Buddy Ascott have also forged a new reputation with the band "Pope", with two critically acclaimed albums and gigs across the country.
Now the original Chords line-up is back – Billy Hassett (vcls/gtr), Chris Pope (gtr/vcls), Martin Mason (bass/vcls) and Brett "Buddy" Ascott (drums). The tour starts on August 19th in Glasgow and continues for two weeks across the UK , including a major London showcase. See dates below.
The single, a Chris Pope composition called "Another Thing Coming", will be released on Aspop Records (through Code 7/Plastic Head) on August 9th.
19th – Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
20th – Luton – Charlie Browns
21st – London – Relentless Garage
22nd – Southampton – TBC
24th – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
25th – Wolverhampton – Robin 2
26th – Sheffield – The Leadmill
27th – Brighton – Coalition
28th – Ryde, Isle Of Wight – Balcony Bar
29th – Bristol – Thekla