This gem has been out of print since the turn of the century and we are very happy to announce the return of the Rabbit's Hat affectionate tribute to Nick Drake to the Falling A catalogue. Available in digital territory for the first time.
Punching Holes is the solo vehicle for Brian Bond. Having been a writer, keyboard player, sometime guitarist and singer in Punishment of Luxury, off and on, since 1977, some songs have been written over the years that don’t totally fit within the Punilux style, if there is one. Punching Holes has therefore existed, off and on, in various forms since 1980 as an outlet for ‘solo’ ventures.
Punching Holes were created when singer Brian Bond (Brian Rapkin) left established Gateshead band, Punishment of Luxury to pursue a new musical career. Teaming up with ex-Neon guitarist, Tim Jones, ex-Big G’s Norman Emerson, Sid Smith and Steve Cowgill, the band fused catchy melodies with interesting lyrics about blind albinos, nuns, crocodile birds and life in a zoo.
Following a number of line-up changes, the band rapidly gained a good following and regularly featured on TV and radio. Their one and only single, a cover of Charles Trenet’s, “La Mer” was Noel Edmunds’ Radio One record of the week and was then played by Terry Wogan eventually rising up the charts to attain a respectable number 27.
An album recorded in 1980-81, entitled "The Ghosts Of Pilgrim Street" was eventually released in 2020 to critical acclaim. Check out the trailer video. It's available from Burning Shed. This renewed interest led to the resurgence of the project and we are very happy to welcome Punching Holes to the Falling A family!
These pages represent my best attempt at a musical journal, travelogue, archive record of my musical landscape and everything I have been involved in over the years. It features celebrated projects to undeveloped ideas, sketchpad moments, memories and general stuff that has been part of my creative endeavours and the Falling A Records story. I am attempting to place things in chronological order though as time passes and I trawl the crates in my loft, I am discovering that my record keeping has been quite vague at times. Please feel free to interact and correct where necessary. The page also serves as the archive page for the website and is where we post our various announcements etc.,