An Italian band who play an anthemic mix of ’70s rock hooks delivered with the force of early UK punk are heading our way for a headline tour.
Giuda are a five-piece from Rome who serve up fresh, riff-filled rock ‘n’ roll fuelled by the sound of bands like Slade, the Glitter Band, and Slaughter & The Dogs.
Their story began in 2007 when the career of seminal Rome punk rock band Taxi was cut short by the tragic death of their drummer Francesco.
Singer Ntenda, lead guitarist Lorenzo and drummer (and now bassist) Danilo regrouped as Giuda (it’s Italian for Judas). The current line-up is completed by guitarist Michele, adding a second layer of boogie sparks to the mix, and new drummer Alex, who recently replaced Daniele.
Their debut album, 2010’s Racey Roller, was described by Robin Wills of ‘70s surf-rockers The Barracudas (Summer Fun, 1965 Again) as, “Cock Sparrer twinned with the Equals”, and quickly became an underground sensation.
It was highly praised by publications as diverse as Mojo, The Guardian, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Vice (who made it album of the year) and Maximum Rock’n’Roll, the album remains a cult classic and an inspiration to the hordes of bovver rockers following in Giuda’s wake.
Since then, the band has completed several European tours and five USA/North American tours, playing around 400 gigs in total, including triumphant appearances at major festivals such as Rebellion (Blackpool, UK), PunkRock Bowling (Las Vegas, USA) and Hell Fest (France).
More glammy stompers followed on second album Let’s Do It Again (2013) and Speaks Evil (2015), and a cover of Elton John’s Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting paved the way for their most recent release, last year’s fourth album, the space-themed E.V.A.
Now Giuda are heading to the UK for a series of headline dates, as follows:
Fri 17 Jan – Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre (with The Glorias + Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience)
Sat 18 Jan – Bristol, The Louisiana (with Hard Wax + Bullybones)
Sun 19 Jan – Derby, The Hairy Dog (with Hard Wax + The Continental Quilts)
Mon 20 Jan – Manchester, The Star & Garter (with Hard Wax)
Wed 22 Jan – Edinburgh, Bannerman’s Bar (with The No-Things, Powderkeg, The Continental Quilts)
Thu 23 Jan – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (with Loaded 44 + The Kingcrows)
Fri 24 Jan – London, The Lexington (with Hard Wax + Hygiene)
Sat 25 Jan – London, The Lexington (with The Speedways + Bruno & The Outrageous Methods of Presentation)