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AMAC's Fortnightly Five with The Anabollic Steroids!


This week for our Fortnightly Five feature we spoke to Kent based band, The Anabollic Steroids.


1. Tell us a little about what you do, how long have you been doing this and how did you get started?


The Anabollic Steroids reformed in 2012. Having originally formed in the late 70's. In terms of gigging it isn't too often that we play, and of course recently we've been dormant for 18 months. Back in the early 80's we managed to get a line up together to play live. Gerard (vocals and bass), Michael (drums), Steve (vocals and bass), Si (guitar). This was after a year or two just bashing about on biscuit tins and a kazoo. Gerard and Michael had started the band whilst at school. Steve and Si through spending time at the odd gig at Orpington College, in time would hook up with Gerard and Michael.


This line up gigged for a couple of years, and eventually split in 1983. We were fortunate to gain a pretty loyal following of cider induced lads and lasses, who'd drink and be merry and dance the night away. Gigs were secured in Church halls and Village halls in Kent, and we played several venues in London, namely Skunks where we played with The Drones, and The Straps who were staple names on The Punk scene.


Reforming in 2012, by the way no 'Middle Age Crisis'. Just a good way of getting old friends back together. Since then, we've gigged at such venues as The Hope & Anchor, The Dublin Castle, the legendary 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street. Festival slots have also been secured over the last few years including 'Undercover' and 'Priory Live'.


The current lineup is Michael (bass), Dev (guitar) Kevin (drums) Steve (vocals).


2. Do you have any influences or role models?


The original/early Punk bands were the starting gun for us as kids. Prior to this, obviously Bowie and the Glam bands had made quite an influence on kids like us. Certainly The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam , The Stranglers, Buzzcocks and certain others had planted the seeds. Other influences for The Steroids went beyond music. Characters like Terry Thomas, Sid James and George Roper (Brian Murphy) are all in the mix. The po faced stance was pretty alien to us.


3. What would you say is your greatest or proudest achievement to date?


Think the fact we were able to release our CD Album 'Carry On Stinking', and our EP 'Life Stinks', which came out on white vinyl and CD form in 2018, was quite an achievement. Our 'Carry On Stinking' album received a 6 out of 10 review in 'Vive le Rock' magazine.




4. Tell us an interesting fact or funny story about yourselves


Back in the day we were the uninvited guests at several gigs. One particular one took place in Sydenham, South London. It was held at a Community centre, and was an 18th birthday celebration. Remember the guy had a rockabilly haircut, although I can't remember his name. There were plenty of people we knew who were in attendance. The back line equipment was there, so we just needed to bring our bass and guitar. We mooched about and chatted and nodded to the masses and obviously we raised a few eyebrows as our guitars were obviously with us. Can remember a couple of bands had already played, and we saw our opportunity and jumped onto the stage much to the amusement of many, and bashed through a mini set. At the end of the evening the rockabilly fella actually thanked us for making an uninvited appearance.


Another gig we crashed was in Dulwich, also South London. This was not so successful as not long after us jumping the stage, we were unplugged. Think we did about three songs. The guy who put the event on did end up fairly successful. He was the front man of The Beloved who did have chart success and had appeared on Top Of The Pops several times. So as well as his chart tunes he can claim he unplugged The Steroids.


5. How can people find out more about what you do?


You can find us on Facebook - Anabollic Steroids | Facebook

and also on bandcamp - Music | Anabollic Steroids (bandcamp.com)

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