Hard to believe, but it is true, Kirk Brandon has now been leading SPEAR OF DESTINY for over 30 years. 2014 saw the release of the band’s 13th studio album “31 (Thirty-One)”. These brand new studio recordings were released on Vinyl, CD and Digital via kirkbrandon.com, Bay Music Distribution and The Orchard Digital Platform.
SPEAR OF DESTINY formed in 1983 after the demise of Kirk Brandon’s post punk iconic rockers THEATRE OF HATE. (Brandon had also, before TOH, been the main man in every punk rockers favourite band of that era The Pack)
The current line up of Spear is the longest-serving to date and features Adrian Portas (New Model Army / Sex Gang Children), Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy / The Cult / The Mission) and Phil Martini (Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind) on drums. Long time Brandon cohort Steve Allan-Jones will be covering the keyboards.
Building on from 2014’s success, SOD head out on the band’s now annual 20+ date UK October tour, including this Bedford date, with the tour ending with a headline appearance at this year’s Whitby Goth Weekend on the 31st October.
The current live show pulls on songs from all 30+ years of SOD. The classic’s Liberator, Mickey, Rainmaker, The Wheel, Never Take Me Alive etc… are all found sitting closely alongside newer fan favourites such as Age of Unreason, Prison Planet, Judas, Lucky Man, Last Man Standing and of course a handful of songs from ‘31’.
Spear Of Destiny have played some great shows at esquires over the years and last year Kirk rewarded the Bedford crowd with a sell out show with Theatre Of Hate after the cancellation of the Alt fest.
Comments on Kirk Brandon and Spear of Destiny:
The BBC’s Jeremy Vine says, “@kirkbrandon is one of our greatest musical geniuses”
John Robb’s Louder Than War “Spear of Destiny are criminally underrated and are one of Britain’s best, Boys Own, punch the air, grandiose Rock’nRoll bands.
Mojo wrote: “Kirk Brandon is on of the UK’s best kept secrets”.
On latest studio album ‘31’(Thirty-One). BBC Radio’s Jools Holland: ‘possibly [Spear of Destiny’s] best album in 20 years’
Louder Than War: 9/10 Brandon puts his all into every song with epic bombast, coming across as a tragic rock n roll anti-hero. He is the Wagner of rock n roll. And the haircut’s still pretty cool.
Tickets are now sale in advance priced £14 and are available from the following places:
Planet Boutique Bedford
Danny’s bar at Esquires
Marios hair design Kempston
Vinyl Revelations Luton
Doors open at 8pm