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Paccino - Pandy Tudur (nr Abergele) band (2002) with Stone Roses sound. Rel 'Checkpoint Charlie' EP, band could possibly feat Alun Evansh. Had track feat on Sessions in Wales radio More info req'd.

Pain Filtered Farm – Prestatyn band (formed Oct04), feat; Gav Lawton (voc,gtr) (ex Utopia, Carbonari, Lucid, Dred, Torn Asunder), Grant Heywood (bass), Scott Brady (drms). Band split Dec04 when Grant emigrated to Canada & took the name with him. Became Crumble

Paladr - former name for the Penygroes based band Topper.

Panacea - 1980's acid jazz band from Llandudno (?), feat; ‘Whiskey Jim' (ageing blues singer/guitarist from Llangollen now in Funky Monks On Crack). More info req'd.

Panacea - Colwyn Bay band formed Dec00 by 6th formers from Eirias High. (Formerly called Whatever) Feat; Tom Williams (voc), Mark Dickson (gtr), David Sibley (keys), Simon Gozzard (drms), Neil Dickson (bass) (joined Feb02). As of yet gigs have been at parties. Mainly play indie rock music, ranging from Reef I've Got Something To Say to Oasis Cigarettes & Alcohol. Ex guitarist, Andy Jones(?) left May01 to join Die Kast Messiah. (website)

Panicking Mannequins – Llandudno duo, played Bar Blu, Rhyl (15.12.04)

Pants, Cumi - real name Alan Christian Matthews, born London 1970. (Prefers to be called Al), given his nickname by Neil Crud who noticed that his bleached trousers looked like cum stains & that Alan was a crap name. Followed 4Q as a schoolkid & joined as a 16 year old in Oct87 as vocalist & sang in all but 1 of the band's remaining 57 chaotic shows. Became a strong personality within the band to the extent of sacking founder member Paul Puke in Aug88 & then was involved in a serious argument with Wayne The Bastard in 1989 which led to the latter leaving. After Neil Crud split 4Q in Sep90, Cumi was determined to carry the band on without him & took some serious convincing by Neil that it was a dead horse. This determination however showed the character & Cumi opted to take a back seat as a drummer & form Frank's Dad at the end of 1990. The band split in 1998 & he joined Alien Matter as drummer and then The Affliction and in 2007 with Deadlight Spiral. Since 1994 Cumi has also been drumming for Sons of Selina & is on the band's Terminus EP & Fire in the Hole album.

Papa Lazaroo – Bangor band (2001) feat; Duncan Black (gtr) (ex Skink, Mucus, now Skinflick), Steve H (drms) (now Skinflick), Twig (voc) (now Logic of Impossibility), Danny Cutler (bass) (now Logic of Impossibility). Had a song called 'Nurse' and the words were written about a bloke with bad flatulence who blamed his bum gas emissions on those around him. Split 2002 due to lack of direction

Pappy – Bangor based synth maestro (aka Haydn Hughes) (c2007) (website)

Paracite - Ruthin band (c2001), feat; Rhys, Kris & Joe Coope (later of Hoodwink). Played mainly punk covers & joined by Brazilian born Luiz Stockler (voc,gtr) (later of Hoodwink). Changed name to The Fetish

Paraletics - Bangor based punk band (1986), feat, guitarist Jed who also guested a number of times on stage with 4Q to scream through the song Video Party. Also Alex & Johnny Flaps (we think). Played in Colwyn Bay Rydal School fields in 1986.

Parker, Louis - entrepreneurial promoter of North Wales, started the legendary Stables nightclub in St Asaph before becoming a driving force behind top acts such as All Saints & East 17. Tragically died of cancer in 2000.

Parking Non-Stop - "a psychogeographical sound-art collective" rather than a group feat; Dewi Evans (ex-musical arranger for Rheinallt H Rowlands and Cut 23), Zoë Skoulding (poet and editor of Skald magazine) and Alan Holmes (also of Ectogram, ex Fflaps, Lungs, Reinheitsgebot, Third Spain). They piece together their music using field recordings they have made around Europe on their various travels. In order to get a truly Welsh sound, all their rhythms are performed using the percussive sounds of slate, recorded high on the slopes of Moel Siabod. Have a track on the Ochre Records compilation CD "Infrasonic Waves", although they have amassed a large collection of recordings, awaiting release. (website)

Parry, Kyle – acoustic performer from Rhyl (since 2005). Noted for playing many times in the area, usually opening for bands at Blu.

Partisan Grey - Rhyl based pop band (1984) feat; Stuart Mortimer & Mark Cheridan.

Pathetic Eye - Band 2001. More info req'd.

Pathfinder – Llandudno band, formed Feb01. feat; Andy (gtr,voc), Will (bass), Nick Barrowclough (drms) (ex-Terminal CC). Described as a cross between Silverchair & Nirvana

Pax - Prestatyn punk band of late 70's feat; (we think) Karl Wallinger (now of World Party) (keys), Glyn Crossley (Toilets), Nige Twist (Alarm) & Dave Sharp (Alarm). Their repertoire consisted of what was described as "a ghastly noise masquerading as Who songs."

Peaks, The – Betws-y-Coed band (c2005), orig began as project by Melys bassist Big Rich, until he formed a band feat; Ed Alesco (voc,gtr), Geraint Jones (drms) (ex Yr Orsedd, also engineer at Sylem studio). Had track Mischief on The Holyhead Road played on Radio Wales (17.7.05).

Peel, John - long serving BBC Radio One DJ & champion of many Welsh bands on his show incl; Anhrefn, Plant Bach Ofnus, Gorkys, Super Furries. John Peel went to school in Deganwy, North Wales, & his father lived in Rhosneigr. On the language Peel is quoted; ‘ the language has been systematically put down over the last few hundred years, so singing in welsh is a political statement in itself, but it’s also the language I grew up with anyway & personally I believe that any language must adapt to stay healthy, & must be street usuable to live, therefore I am also a keen advocate of using slang Welsh..’ Sadly died 2004 while on holiday in Chile aged 65.

Pep le Pew – Porthmadog based hip hop 5-piece (c2001) feat; Dave B.Thomas (drms), Dylan Mei (keys,gtr), Aron Jones (voc,gtr,bass,MC), Ed Holden (keys,scratching), Danny Pierce (perc). Played debut gig at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (Feb 2001). Rel Y Mwyafrif (Single, Fitamin-Un, 2001), Y Da, Y Drwg, Ac Yr Hyll (Album, MPLP, 2001), Hiphopracy (Single, BoobyTrap, 2002). Swept the board at BBC Wales Rock & Pop Awards 2002 with Best Newcomers | Best Single | Best Live Act (website)

People - Chester based 5 piece indie band, formed late 1999, feat; Maddy (voc), Dave (drms), Beagle (bass), Little Paul (gtr), Keith (gtr). Have 2 tracks on the comp CD 6 of the Best on Spank Recs.

Pererin – North Wales (?) psychedelic-folk Welsh language band of late 70s / early 80s. Highly acclaimed in underground cicles for their use of flute, violin and ‘a celestial voice’. Rel LPs Haul Ar Y Eira (1980) and Teithgan (Gwerin Recs 1981) (both re-rel in Italy and Spain). More info req’d

Perfect Blue – project by (Hot) Scott Causer (ex Psychosexual Sex Terrestrials, Pig, Surfin Birds, Fantastic, now of Electric Mainline) that began as a demo recorded over 3 weekends in his Manchester flat summer 2001. The name came from an awful film of that title. Recently (Apr 02) aired on Adam Walton’s Radio Wales show. 2006, Rel Sunshine EP (Dec06).

Perfect Circle - Conwy band (formed 1997), feat; Chris Davies (voc,gtr), Tim Francis (bass), Tom Bailey (drms) Chris D'alberkirk (keys). Played various local & national venues Ocean Lounge, NWales Conference Centre, Conwy Festival etc but mainly promoted their own special events with other bands. The festive experience, Shag Fest 1& 2 were a few of their events. Quite a large local following for a while with regular 100 + crowds. Rec 'Aspirations and Infatuations' EP at Rockliffe in 1998, played by John Peel on Radio 1. Split in 2000 to do other things, Chris is now a Secendary School teacher in Oxford and Tom went to Uni in London, but the 2 kept in touch and rec a 2nd EP (2003), Tom is a freelance studio engineer and Tim makes music videos for some pretty big UK artists. Chris D'alberkirk disappeared without a trace.

Perfectly Flawed - Llandudno acoustic act (2002), feat; Emma Lavelle (voc,gtr), Laura Edwards (cello) & sometimes Cat (gtr) (ex Plutonic)

Perfect Picture - 2-pc emo/experimental band from Rhos-on-Sea (c2004), feat; Mark Kirwan, Alex Stockford. (website)

Perkins, Mark – saxophonist with Mercenary Skank & before them with Open Channel D & as a sessionist with Mystery Girls. Now running a rehearsal studio in London now called Playground.

Pesda Roc – annual rock festival held in Bethesda, attracting the likes of Super Furry Animals, Cerys Matthews amongst many others to the line ups.

Pete Did It First – Chester/Wrexham band (formed Apr03), feat; Trickett (voc,gtr,keys), Benn Jones (voc,gtr), Daley (bass), Maffew Casablanca (drms). Feat on The Potato comp EP. Then rel live EP 'Can You Relate', (2003).

Peters, Mike - (pic) (b.25.02.59), Dyserth based ex-frontman of Stripey, The Toilets, Seventeen & The Alarm, becoming a very successful solo artist backed by various musicians. Mike had been inspired by punk rock. His life was changed in 1976, after seeing the Sex Pistols in Chester, England. He had never before experienced the type of energy that a band like the Sex Pistols could create on stage. He decided then & there that his life as a computer operator would only be temporary. After starting "The Toilets" with Nigel Twist in 1976, he knew he was destined for a life on stage with a 3-chords in one-hand, & the truth in the other. "The Toilets" were a short-lived yet positive beginning, & Seventeen was supposed to be his vessel into the pop world, yet somehow it was just not happening. As he sat in his punk clothing shop "Riot" in the Spring of 1981, it suddenly came to him. He had not been inspired by the early punk of "The Clash", & "The Pistols" because they were ripping other people off. He was inspired by their integrity & the power of their live performances. He realised that it was time to stop imitating & start innovating. He began by writing a new song about tearing down your life & re-constructing it & so The Alarm were formed. Launched his solo career in 1994 with Back into the System a comeback single joined by all-Welsh band Jess. It sees him taking a more acoustic path than previously. Debut solo album Breathe; again touring extensively. A second album Feel Free was released on Transatlantic Records in October 1996. His third album Rise was released soon after. In 1994 Peters battled lymph cancer & had a 60% chance of survival decree by doctors & -- in a much less important fight by comparison -- he fought IRS Records for control over the entire Alarm back catalogue, both of which he won. Formed Coloursound in 1999 with former Cult guitarist Billy Duffy.
In 2000 Mike formed Alarm 2000 touring the States to huge success (see section A). In Nov05 Mike was once again diagnosed with lymph cancer and against the advice of doctors decided to continue performing, intense treatment put the disease back into remission by May06 and he decided to set up a Foundation for research and treatment for other people with the condition (Sep06). Unofficial Mike Peters pages

Peth'ma - (1985-86), band feat; Euros Jones (voc), Emlyn Davies (gtr), Gareth Parry (gtr), Dewi Gwyn (formerly of Anhrefn) (bass), Dyfrig Ellis (drms). (Website with MP3)

Phase One - independent record shop, also specialised in 2nd hand discs. Based in Wrexham since the early 1980s, opened a new store in Rhyl (approx 1990) which remained open for 7 years.

Philanderer – name used by Paul Scouse Hammond for his solo work (2006) (see Psycho Sexual Sex Terrestrials, GMX Stuns)

Phil The Butcher’s Slags – all girl gang from Denbigh (I think). More info req'd.

Phlegms – Bangor punk band (2004), feat; Jay Mucus (b.1979) (gtr), Andy Mgkhhcchhhhhkk (bass,voc), Gruff Snot (drms) (ex Drunk On Arrival, DSF, Dumbstruck). After a gig in Rhyl Gruff said, ‘We sucked. There's no other way to say it!  (website)

Physical 4 - Rhyl band (formed Nov80) feat; Mark Jones (voc), Steve Jones (gtr), Glyn Williams (bass), Mike Crease (drms). Made debut at North Wales Inn, Rhyl (17.01.81) supporting The VOTS. Also played on the CND benefit festival at the Queens in Rhyl 21.2.1981. Songs incl; Prevent Parents, Strip Search, Pretty Boys & They Want Us. (Also been known as Physical Thought). (review). More info req'd.

Picton, Pete - current associate editor of The Sun. Former member of bands Backbeat, The Units, X Men. Moved to London & started writing for Sounds magazine. Eventually formed Shazam in London with Steve Allan Jones-a sort of Erasure band, they got signed but nothing came of it. He carried on writing & ended up with The Sun.

Picture House - Formerly Heroes On A Beach, claimed to change their name due to legal threats from a band called The Heroes. Feat, Steve Jones (voc/gtr) (ex Harvest Moon, later Burn, White Tygerz), Graham Feast (gtr), Dave Evans (keys) (ex Harvest Moon), Paul Roberts (drms). Added Pete Latham (later Dub Federation) on bass to their line up & briefly had Bethan on backing vocals. Rel 7" single Walkabout (1988).

Picture Palace – (pic) band (formed 1994), feat; Tony ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan (ex Harvest Moon, Big Waves, Easy Living, Stepping Stones), Doug Downes (ex Fetish Faye, Big Waves), Tony Crookes. Doug still writes and records, Tony is with Oxford band Plain Loco (c2007)

Pier, Colwyn Bay - known as Dixieland Showbar, The Pier was once firmly rooted on the gig circuit, hosting in the early 1980s the likes of the Damned, Madness, Cockney Rejects, Black Flag. After closing it was occasionally reopened to host 'all-nighters' for the Scooter Runs.

Pig - one gig band from Rhyl (1991) feat; Scott Causer (bass), Dean Obscene (gtr) (see PSST), Goblin (voc,mouth-organ), Joel Dolben (drms) (ex X, later of She Said) & Johnny Napalm (gtr) formed as an idea to play a publicised gig without rehearsing any songs. The show ended with the band being assaulted by a local hell's angel.

Pigstock - Annual rock festival held on the grounds of the Plas Pigot club in Denbigh. Attendances increasing over the years to over 3,000. Started life as Denbigh Music Festival in the summer of 1996, jointly financed, underwritten & promoted by brothers John & Huw Evans, (latterly, solely by John Evans) & became a two day event. Took a sabbatical in 2003 due to finacial & site contraints but came back as a one day event in Jul04. (website)

Pigtown Recs - DIY punk label (prev called Drunk Munkey), run by Dave Cox Warburton (drummer of The Cox, Hektor), and Ste Cox. Have rel a comp CD (Munkey Feces Vol.1) & also material by Dave's bands. (discography) (website)

Pilgrim Fire - metal band (formed 6.10.03), feat; Darren Hughes (voc), Tommy Jones-Williams (gtr), Caine Jones-Williams (drms), Chris Parry (gtr), Sean Parry (drms). Took their name from a song their fathers' band (Tiger Tiger) had. (website)

Pilot Blue – acoustic band from Mold (formed Nov05), feat; Liam Newman (voc,gtr,keys) and Ben Vickers (gtr). Both members of Mainstream

Pilots – Welsh language project from Llanrwst but relocated to Cardiff (c2005), feat; Bethan (voc), Noel Jones (gtr) (ex Gabrielle 25), rel single Eryri (Kracked recs 25.07.05).

Pinchbeck - Colwyn Bay punk band (c2001)

Pineapple - Abergele based indie band (formed Aug95) fronted by the talented Paul Claxton (voc,gtr) (ex Flourescent Daydream), Paul Horrocks (bass,keys)(ex Swirling Fish), Richard Haythorn (drms). Steve Hughes (Fashion Victims, GMX Stuns) replaced Richard Apr98. Rel 2 self financed CD singles, Fade Away, Eggbound & Skintight. Have been prolific live act supporting Space, Jesus Jones, SFA, Mansun. Noted for grunged versions of A-Ha's Take on Me, Lionel Richie's Hello. Band split in early 2000 & Paul Claxton went solo. (website) (Crud gig review)

Pinhead Records – record shop on Bedford St, Rhyl, opened 14.06.05 by Iwan Parry after 15 years of carting box loads of vinyl around the country to record fairs & taking redundancy after 20 years of pen pushing to live his dream of running his own shop. Iwan says, ‘In the short time I've been open I have more than doubled the amount of stock & added t-shirts, posters, sew-on patches & hats etc’ Now established as North Wales’ largest seller of used vinyl & also selling on line with a well stocked eBay shop . Iwan’s brother Neale was a roadie for Mercenary Skank and in a band (ironically) called Shop

Plague, The - Prestatyn punk band that eventually become The Vaj (c1980). (See also The Grip, Capt Black & The Mysterons, Rich Dick & The Phallic Emblems)

Plan B – orig name for Colwyn Bay band Falling Not Flying

Plant Bach Ofnus - (Timid Little Children) Early 90's hippy-trippy trance outfit, who rec for the Anglesey based Ofn label. The cassette I have fails to provide titles etc, instead each track has a picture/image of differing phases of the moon. Once appeared on the Anhrefn Recs (ANHREFN 010) Comp 'A Mindless Slaughter’ (1987). Perhaps their period of highest profile was when they were invited to appear on the cassette comp 'A Joyful Noise' (1990 Sterile Recs -Germany). However they remained as enigmatic as possible by submitting an untitled track! Other artists inc Nocturnal Emissions and Frontline Assembly. This rel brought them to the attention of Anglesey based Direction Music who rel the cassette 'Symudiad Ymddangosol y Lleuad' (DMC-10 1991) & then rec a session for John Peel (Radio 1).

Plant Duw – Bangor band, although mambers moved to Cardiff and Aberystwyth cos of Uni (formed 2003), feat; Conor Martin (gtr,voc), Rhys Martin (gtr,voc), Elidir Jones (bass,voc), Sean Martin (cornet), Myfyr Prys (drms). Orig called Yr Idiots, then Hoist Owls of Goi, then Y Duwai Gwallgo. Made debut at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (Dec04), gigged on Welsh circuit and had session on Radio Cymru. Rel single Talach Na Iesu (Ciwdod Oct06). (website)

Plantfoot – Prestatyn band, formed 2002, feat; Tom Carroll (voc,gtr) (now Betty) (who’s the son of Aaron Broster, see Aladdins Cave), Emlyn Roberts (voc,gtr), Paul Astles (drms). Music is similar to T-Rex, Clash & Anal Beard. Played their final gig in Bar Blu, Rhyl (Jul06)

Plastic – Bangor metal/grunge style band (1990s) feat; Andy Brady (ex Skinflick), D. Shooman, I. Panchaud & Noaksey (latter 2 later of Roach City). Played a few gigs in NWales area. Changed their name to Father Karrus. 1st gig was headling the all day Tapeworm Soup festival. Andy is now an artist and made a video for Skinflick’s Halo of Flies.

Plastic Entrails - One off band for Llandudno Aberconwy Centre gig. Name a pun of Ozric Tentacles & played pretty much same stuff. Andy Hurdman (voc,bass), Eric James (keys), Dave Robinson (keys) (later Pocket Venus), Gaz (gtr), Mike Hartley (drms) (ex Blacklisted, Box of Frogs). Andy, Eric and Dave all worked at the time in Gogs Music. Eric is married to Paula, owner of Llandudno’s Yamaha Music School.

Platonic – (2001) 5-pc band feat; Jackie (voc), Ed (gtr), Chris (gtr), Daf (bass), Tom (drms), involved with MASE organisation (played 12.11.01). More info req'd.

Pledge – C.Bay band (2001) feat; Jonathan (voc,gtr), Matt Pipkin (bass) (also of Suicidal Mushrooms, ex Floaters Revenge, Infest), Tony (drms). Infl by Butthole Surfers, Metallica, Green Day.

Plumloco - Mold band (2004), feat; Ste Layfield (gtr) (ex Angeldrive), Nick Roe (drms) (ex Angeldrive), Tim (bass) (website)

Plutonic - (2001) band involved with MASE organisation, feat; Cat (now of Perfectly Flawed). More info req'd.

Pleasure Field - acclaimed Rhyl (?) band (2000)

 

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