Back in the late 70s and early 80s The Expelaires were my favourite Leeds band. They were, in many ways, the hub of the ‘Leeds scene’. Original bass player Mark Copson went on to play with Music For Pleasure; keyboardist Craig Adams went on to play bass with The Sisters Of Mercy and then The Mission; guitarist David Wolfenden joined Red Lorry Yellow Lorry before playing with The Mission; and Carl Harper drummed with Girls At Our Best.
They played supports to Echo & The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes as well as playing the first Futurama Festival. Despite this, as well as a 4 track Peel Session and two singles, the first on the iconic Zoo label, they failed to make the breakthrough they deserved as line up changes took their toll. They finally called it a day in 1982.
Now they’re back around their original creative hub of Paul Gregory (Grape) and David Wolfenden. They play a 45 minute set comprising of their classics such as Frequency, To See You, Wall Of Sound and The Dashboard Killed Me, a cover of 20th Century Boy and the first new Expelaires songs in 32 years Bad Adrenaline and Summer.
They’re also working on finishing the great lost Expelaires album.
I’m looking forward to seeing them again.