They may have taken some time out but The John Knox Sex Club returned to the fold at the tail end of 2013 with the release of a split 7 inch single heralding their return. And now at they come to Mad Hatters for a special concert on Sunday February 16th.

And here is the band’s bio…

After an enforced tax-break hiatus of 12 months, the John Knox Sex Club have reformed.

The real John Knox, as everyone knows, was one of the first official bobbies on the beat in Glasgow during the later part of the 19th Century. His primary role was strike breaking and enforcing licensing laws but he had a side-line in kickbacks from prostitution.

The band had grown up together in Glen Curney, a small mining-fishing village in Stirlingshire, but had lost track of each other until they met again while working in a nightclub. After much discussion they decided to form a band which would channel the MC5 and Fugazi.

This they did not do; instead they formed ‘The John Knox Sex Club’ (sometimes no the).

They have since released 2 critically lauded and commercially viable albums on their own Last Blast label. Both albums originally came in hand-made packaging but are now only available from the band’s bandcamp. They have toured the UK and played local support slots with amongst others Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks & Of Montreal. Along with this they have played unusual one-off events such as Rough Cut Nation in the National Portrait Gallery and the launch of creative Stirling in St Allen’s Parish Church on Good Friday 2012.

They released a split 7inch ‘Animals/Tell her I love her’ with Over the Wall through Gerry Loves Records late last year and are currently putting the finishing touches to their new E.P ‘Oh Wow, Must be the Devil !’

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Chartered surveyor by day, music reviewer by night, and occasionally I get to use my camera. A strange mix, but one that I enjoy.

A chance meeting in the queue for Bella in 2010 led to the opportunity to write for InvernessGigs; a far cry from the days of writing for a football fanzine back in the late 80s, early 90s. My interests lie between the mainstream, the emerging and the local. Increasingly I find that we have more than enough locally to entertain us to necessitate a trip south. I’m always happy to give a listen, whatever the genre.

Inverness has a plethora of talent, all of which I am more than keen to write about. If it encourages just one person to make the effort to listen to some new music I’ll be happy.

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