Folk Devils, who blazed a trail across the UK’s indie music scene in the mid-80s, have released their first new music since 1987.

The band, who were full of post-punk energy, were best known for their acclaimed indie-chart singles Hank Turns Blue and Beautiful Monster.

They built up a cult following while opening for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Fall, The Gun Club and Screaming Blue Messiahs, among others, and recorded three John Peel sessions.

Now they’re back with a three-track EP, Forever, which will be released on 10in clear red vinyl, CD and digitally on Optic Nerve Recordings on 18 September.

It features two new songs, the title track Forever and My Slum Soul, plus a new version of old live favourite Ink Runs Dry.

Recorded at Konk Studios in North London, the re-born Folk Devils drew inspiration for new recordings from the release of their 2016 career retrospective Beautiful Monsters (Singles & Demo Recordings 1984-86) and the reaction at subsequent live shows around the UK with kindred spirits Membranes, Inca Babies, The Wolfhounds and The Cravats.

Guitarist Kris Jozajtis and bassist Mark Whiteley, who were founder members, reformed the group by recruiting members of a short-lived 1987 version of Folk Devils, guitarist Nick Clift and drummer John Hamilton.

Together with singer Dave Hodgson, pictured above, they created a well-oiled twin-guitar juggernaut that brimmed with the same restless, twisted blues which characterised the band from 1983-87, when they were fronted by now sadly-departed singer/songwriter Ian Lowery.

Hodgson, a fellow transplant from the North-East, had known Lowery in the early ’80s prior to Folk Devils, when the two were in their respective post-punk bands Ski Patrol and Parting Shots.

You can pre-order the Folk Devils’ Forever EP on vinyl, CD or digital download from their Bandcamp page HERE.

Gary Welford owner