“One of the great lost bands of the New Wave era” (Blurt magazine. USA)
The Distractions in the late 70s and early 80s were very well known on the post-punk music scene. They released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels to excellent reviews, as well as sharing bills with Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Members, Squeeze and many others.
They played all corners of the UK and Ireland including London gigs such as The Hope and Anchor, The Nashville and The Electric Ballroom as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up.
David Hepworth described their debut album, “Nobody’s Perfect” as, “An enchanting and vaguely disturbing collection of vulnerable pop”
In early 2016 two of the original members, vocalist Mike Finney and drummer Alex got together with some friends to play at a memorial gig for Manchester punk legend John the Postman. It went down so well they decided to continue as a live act playing their singles as well as songs from the album “Nobody’s Perfect”. The new members are Chris Dutton, Johnny Poole and Joe Brehony who have played in many Manchester bands: Kill Pretty, Blue Orchids, The Fall, Gash, The Gift Shop and The Things.
The new version of the band has been doing headlining gigs since the start of 2017. In January and September 2018 they did two sell out gigs at the Dublin Castle in London to excellent reviews. They have also supported bands such as The Flamin’ Groovies, Monochrome Set and Penetration.
The band has been recording new material to include in the set and hope to have a new EP out in 2019 as well as a retrospective box set on the ‘Hidden Masters’ label.
The new line-up of the Distractions is steeped in the Manchester musical tradition and is attracting a new generation of fans who appreciate classic songs and storming live sets!
“The Distractions use the past rather than get eaten by it”