Dublin 1978 - 1981
Paul Bonnar Sax & Vocals
Colin Devlin Guitar
Gerry Grogan Bass
Dave Bell Drums
21/10/1979 Dandelion Market, Dublin
17/11/1979 Dandelion Market, Dublin with U2
16/12/1979 Dandelion Market, Dublin with The Bogey Boys
05/01/1980 Dandelion Market, Dublin
11/01/1980 McGonagles, Dublin
12/01/1980 Dandelion Market, Dublin
18/01/1980 McGonagles, Dublin
Photo by Patrick Brocklebank
The Epidemix & The End Toners
Two of the finest new wave pop bands to emerge in the last few months drew a capacity crowd to Toners, and sent the audience away satisfied. The End suffered from poor sound, but their excellent set transcended the problems; “Sex Movies”, "Love On The Airways”, and “Listen” show a developing sense of song writing style. After their twentieth gig, a name worth dropping.
The Epidemix however, are “different”. Paul Singer plays belting sax. Dave Drummer thrashes the mercilessly, Colin Guitar thinks he’s in the Ramones, while Gary Bass remains cold, almost Claytonian! Their songs are powerful, both lyrically and musically - witness the classic “Whore” (except for the appalling title) and the superb “Basement Life”. Occasionally Paul slips up – silly anti Semitic jokes, childish “schoolboy” humour, sometimes rampant sexism (“Easy Penetration” and rewritten “Lets Dance”). Still, despite several flaws, the Epidemix are possessing of enough talent to “make it”.
U2, D.C. Nien, The Atrix and co. are going, the Tricolour TV Set is still on the blink, but just you wait, cos the Epidemix and the End are coming! Hot Press Review Gerald Siggins
09/03/1980 Dandelion Market, Dublin
10/03/1980 Toners, Dublin with The Resistors
17/03/1980 Toners, Dublin with The Resistors
24/03/1980 Toners, Dublin with The Resistors
31/03/1980 Toners, Dublin with The Resistors
07/04/1980 Toners, Dublin
14/04/1980 Toners, Dublin
18/04/1980 Kevin Street College, Dublin with Mod - L's
21/04/1980 Toners, Dublin
25/04/1980 JCR, Trinity College, Dublin with The Revillo's, Teen Commandments
28/04/1980 Toners, Dublin
05/05/1980 Toners, Dublin with High Society, Love Murders
Where Are They Now?
At this time I have no information on what the band members are doing now.
Demo's & Recordungs
A well acclaimed demo tape was made in December at Eamonn Andrews’ studio. The four tracks featured are “The Ad-man Cometh”, Shift 14”, Middle – Class Life” and “Young Lovers”. Front man Paul Bonnar has been described in such terms as “Lanky Humanoid…. Psychotic presence” and a “prat”. Hot Press "All The Young Dudes"
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