VICE SQUAD OFFICIAL UK INFO SITE
Vice Squad are a punk rock band formed in Bristol, England.
The lead vocalist Beki Bondage has been with the band in the original line-up and when the band reformed in 1998. Beki has continued to perform and record new songs including festival appearances at Rebellion in Blackpool UK, Punk And Disorderly Germany and Pod Parou Czech Republic. She is often cited as being the first punk pin-up featuring on the front cover of a number of influential music tabloids such as Melody Maker, NME, and Smash Hits.
Vice Squad have released many albums in recent years including 'Get A Life' 1996, 'Defiant' 2006 and 'London Underground' 2009.
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Vice Squad embarked on a highly successful tour of the West Coast and Texas in June/July playing songs from 'London Underground' and 'Defiant' as well as the old favourites. The tour ends with a sell out show at The Key Club on Sunset Boulevard, where police have to stop the traffic because of the amount of kids leaving after the show.
On their return to the UK in July they play Shepherds Bush Empire with US punk legends Bad Brains and UK punk festival 'Rebellion' in August.
RECENT EVENTS 2012
2012 - New album PUNK ROCK RADIO is released to great enthusiasm by fans and media. VICE SQUAD are booked to play Vive Le Rock Festival, Punk & Disorderly Festival, Punk By The Sea Festival and Rebellion Festival. The band are scheduled to play USA and Europe with possible dates in Scandinavia and China. UK dates are ongoing which finds the band tirelessly spreading their Punk Rock Message to the growing army of Vice Squaddies.
2011 - VICE SQUAD play two very successful shows at the prestigious REBELLION FESTIVAL. Taking second headline on Friday's Acoustic stage the band donned spectacles and flat caps and tore through acoustic versions of new and classic tunes under the moniker THE DIRTY FOLKERS. Ending on the popular 'Last Rockers' and unlikely cover of Motorhead's 'Ace Of Spades'. This Thrash, Rockabilly, Skiffle tinged acoustic set encouraged many people refer to Vice Squads tongue-in-cheek approach as the highlight of their weekend !
New Vice Squad album PUNK ROCK RADIO is completed in October 2011.
The following day VICE SQUAD packed the Olympia Stage and played a storming electric set to over 1500 people. A week later Beki and the band were 'special guests' at the Endorse It festival, where the band played alongside New Model Army. A show with legendary MISFITS USA takes place November at Ratrock festival in Belgium. And, finally...after much hard work and inspiration Vice Squad finish the album PUNK ROCK RADIO which includes songs, 'Punk Is The Blues' 'Stuck In Reverse', title track 'Punk Rock Radio' and the hilarious 'Him Indoors' ( first showcased as The Dirty Folkers at Blackpool Rebellion). Many more UK club dates and the new release scheduled for October sees Beki and the boys achieve another relentless and encouraging year in Punk Rock.
2010 - VICE SQUAD began work on the follow up to 'London Underground' and gig continuously on the UK club circuit throughout the year, plus touring Italy and festival shows at Pod Parou in Czech Republic, The Endorse It Festival, The Willowman Festival, packed out shows at Rebellion and Durham Punk Festival plus the headline slot at the Viva La Pola Summer Revolution Rock Festival in Pula.
Beki Bondage began her singing and songwriting career in the early eighties with the band 'Vice Squad'. She has released four albums and four singles on the EMI label and six albums on independent labels and has tracks on numerous compilation albums. She has worked as a session singer for Gerard Kenny, Alan O'Duffy and Martin Smith and co-written with Nick Coler, Kim McKauliffe of Girlschool and Lars Frederikson.
She took up the guitar in 1996 and has co-produced her last three albums as well as writing lyrics and music. Her most recent album 'London Underground' (2009) was released on 'Last Rockers Records' a label she set up with songwriting partner Paul Rooney. She has written, recorded and played live continuously since 1986, and was the only woman on the 15 band strong 'Social Chaos' Tour of the USA in 1999.
With Vice Squad and as a solo artist Beki has played successful shows all over Europe including the festivals 'Punk and Disorderly' (Berlin), 'Mighty Sounds' (Czech Republic). 'Tintorock' (Spain), 'Pod Parou' (Czech Republic), 'Bring the Fire' (Milan), 'Wasted' (Dublin), 'Hooifesten' (Belgium),'Vive la Pola' (Croatia) and 'Bulldog Bash', 'Durham Punk Fest', 'The Wickerman', 'The Willowman' and 'Rebellion' in the UK.
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