“THE PRODS - High octane punk rock and roll with massive attitude of a Godfathers, Pistols, Heartbreakers' kind. Yes, a massive guitar sound, and with that great harmonies, but also a beautifully balanced modicum of wry, rapscallion humour.”
The Prods were formed by Gareth Davies (guitar) and Jerome Wright (vocals), after a doomed motorcycle tour of Europe. This ambitious adventure came to an abrupt end when their 1956 “Road Rocket” blew up near Bremen and they were hauled to safety by a mysterious punk, named Thomas Jeggle, with his van and trailer.
On their return to the UK the lads offered their gratitude by penning Thomas a song “Deprived of my Freedom” - a tongue-in-cheek account of their disastrous adventure. This catchy number, their first song together, was like an aural equivalent of a poke in the ribs, and so “The Prods” was born.
Since then they’ve bashed out a trailer-load of toe-tappers, crammed them onto their debut album “Pocket Kings”, set the mastering studio on fire (no, really), and in 2018 recruited two innocent bystanders to help bring the show to live audiences.
Enter Rick Romero (The Zods, Possessed of Zest) with his fur gilet and throbbing bass, and Andy Thompson (Idiot Son) and his mirror-skinned drum kit, and suddenly they’re a real-life band offering up punk-infused rock 'n' roll songs of love, strangely charismatic psychos, low-brow TV presenters, unreliable motorcycles, booze, and amateur darts players.
And dissolute cheap fag smokers.
Oh, and dying at Christmas.
Something for everyone!