Formed in 1980 in Newcastle by vocalist Brian Bond in the aftermath of his departure from John Peel favourites, Punishment of Luxury, Punching Holes rapidly became one of the leading bands on the North-East post- punk scene.
Punching Holes comprised Brian Bond (ex Punishment of Luxury) Tim Jones (ex Neon), Sid Smith, Steve Cowgill and Norman Emerson. The rough, jagged energies of punk mix with sophisticated Zappa-esque time signatures, Talking Heads-like grooves and post-prog textures. A fascinating lost history.
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.
The band recorded a number of demo tracks in the now long gone Spectro Arts Workshop in Bells Court Newcastle. Titles recorded include Mad Mother, Joke Elaine, Spots on the Sun and the “haunting” Ghost of Danube Street.