THE QUIREBOYS founder, frontman and songwriter Spike has introduced that he has began writing new QUIREBOYS songs with the band’s co-founder Man Bailey. The fabric heralds the start of a brand new studio album and a brand new QUIREBOYS lineup that Spike is placing collectively for dates later within the yr.
The information follows the general public assertion made by three of Spike‘s former bandmates expressing a need to half firm with the singer, though Spike has at all times maintained he has by no means, and would by no means, go away the band he based, a band he fronts and says he has created the mental property for. THE QUIREBOYS is a band that has gone by means of numerous lineup modifications over time, with Spike being the one constant, unique member.
Spike, whose actual title is Jonathan Grey, feedback: “This week I met up with lifelong good friend and band co-founder Man Bailey. We have began writing new QUIREBOYS songs collectively — and the magic continues to be there. We have at all times written so effectively as a double act; we write rapidly and there is pure chemistry. There’s additionally a set of unfinished and unreleased early QUIREBOYS songs that I wrote a few years in the past, many with Man Bailey, across the time of recording ‘A Little bit of What You Fancy’. These songs have by no means seen the sunshine of day however we’ll end these as effectively.
“Trying again, the benchmark QUIREBOYS songs have been written by Man Bailey and myself. Our session this week took me again to our early days sharing a flat collectively in London within the ’80s, the place we would spend the evenings taking part in acoustic guitars collectively within the entrance room. ‘Hey You’, ‘7 O’Clock’, ‘I Do not Love You Anymore’ — that is the place all these key QUIREBOYS songs got here from; Man Bailey and I bouncing concepts off one another, writing chords and lyrics collectively as we performed the acoustics.
“It is actually been nice to go full circle, again to the beginnings of what has outlined the QUIREBOYS story.”
Man Bailey feedback: “Occasions of latest weeks have shocked me. For members of Spike, band to suppose they will sack him in a two-line assertion after which elect themselves to make use of his band, title as their very own beggars perception.
“Spike and I wrote all the unique QUIREBOYS songs — and once I determined I did not wish to tread the boards anymore, I gave Spike my blessing to take the band ahead as his personal.
“The factor with the unique band is it by no means actually broke up. While we’ve got gone off and achieved various things, we’ve got at all times stayed in contact as nice pals — and it could now be time to get the gang again collectively once more. These new songs mark the return of the unique and solely QUIREBOYS.”
Spike provides: “The three former band members that break up with me have been every written to 3 weeks in the past, setting out that they didn’t create the mental property in THE QUIREBOYS title, their restricted firm just isn’t known as THE QUIREBOYS, they need to not current themselves as THE QUIREBOYS. I’ve acquired no reply however have clearly laid out the place. As such, I’ll proceed with THE QUIREBOYS. I’ve by no means had any intention of doing in any other case. I by no means left the band.
“I’ve been moved by the large present of assist from followers, venues, media, promoters and fellow musicians within the final month.
“To all these followers which have requested ticket refunds in latest weeks, relaxation assured — new QUIREBOYS music is coming all people and I will be again with my band, THE QUIREBOYS. New music, a brand new album and new exhibits from a brand new QUIREBOYS lineup — and you may most likely acknowledge a number of of the faces.
“Collectively, let’s hold it optimistic as we hold rock n roll alive.
“See you on the bar.
“God bless, Spike“.
THE QUIREBOYS most not too long ago carried out with out Spike aboard this yr’s Monsters Of Rock cruise, which departed out of Miami, Florida on February 9.
THE QUIREBOYS put out their most up-to-date album, the well-received “Superb Shame”, in 2019.
The band’s debut LP, “A Little bit of What You Fancy”, was launched in 1990 and included the tune “Hey You”, which was THE QUIREBOYS‘ greatest hit, reaching No. 14 within the U.Okay. singles chart and No. 5 within the U.S. Billboard Rock chart.
In 2020, THE QUIREBOYS have been scheduled to have a good time their thirty fifth anniversary with a tour. The trek, which ended up getting canceled as a result of coronavirus pandemic, would even have marked 30 years for the reason that launch of “A Bit Of What You Fancy”.
Following the band’s inception in London in 1984 — initially as THE CHOIRBOYS, then THE QUEERBOYS, earlier than selecting the much less controversial title of THE QUIREBOYS — there adopted six years of onerous graft and personnel modifications.
THE QUIREBOYS performed to 72,000 folks at 1990’s Monsters Of Rock at Donington with the likes of WHITESNAKE, AEROSMITH and POISON. They supported THE ROLLING STONES that very same yr in Newcastle, and opened for GUNS N’ ROSES on the Hammersmith Odeon in 1987 and once more a few years in a while their “Use Your Phantasm” tour.
The general public’s urge for food for THE QUIREBOYS had returned and hasn’t waned since — three additional studio releases (“Nicely Oiled”, “Homewreckers & Heartbreakers”, “Halfpenny Dancer”) have been launched on numerous labels from 2004 to 2009 earlier than the band discovered their new, and everlasting, dwelling on Off Yer Rocka, the label of the famend competition model Laborious Rock Hell.
An anniversary version — totally re-recorded — of “A Bit Of What You Fancy” drew a lot acclaim in 2021.