A Filthy Old Tale
The story of The Filthy Spectacula begins on a dark and stormy night in late 2014. Having found each other via the modern marvel that is the internet, 5 strangers meet up in a rehearsal studio for the first time. Stories are swapped, absinthe is punished and something resembling music is played. They are on to something. As the evening ends, one of the vagabonds, a young guitarist with with wild hair and metal riffs flees into the night, never to be seen again. The remaining quartet pledge to carry on and the band is born. Mr. E will sing and play guitar, The Riddler will fiddle, The Dreadful Helmsman will play the bass and sometimes remember to sing along and Lord Harold will hit things in a semi rhythmic fashion.
Mr. E has a seemingly endless supply of notebooks full of songs and the band soon puts a set together. They foolishly rush into a studio in the South Downs to record their early efforts. This results in the now famous and hard to find Thirsty Pea EP of 3 songs.
Gigs are booked at smallish venues and word of their unique sound and bizarre stage show gets around. Their Victorian and Pirate image pleases the Steampunk community and they are invited to play at various convivials across the UK. Their uptempo songs featuring blistering violin solos attracts the attention of more promoters and festival organisers and they soon find themselves quite busy.
In early 2016 they record their debut full length album "Thrup'ny Upright" featuring 13 songs of drink, death and debauchery. The album is well received and funds their vices for some time.
Late 2017 brings about a line up change as The Dreadful Helmsman hangs up his cutlass and bass and sets out to the West Country to seek his fortune as a brewer of quality ales. Enter Brummie Bullring Bryce, a hell-raiser with a shady past and an eye for the ladies, he fits in perfectly.
The Filthy Spectacula continue to bring their absinthe soaked antics to festivals, pubs and clubs and have set their sights on recording their second album in late 2018.