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Stench

Caption: Stench – Tavern in the Town
Stench
Photograph courtesy: Tamworth Herald

Musical Type/Genre: Psychobilly
Formed: 1988

Band Members:
Nick Plant - Double Bass

Gigs:
30/05/88
Stench
Fosters Yard
Polesworth

03/07/88
Rape in Yellow
The Searching
Green Swings
Stench
Tamworth Arts Centre

15/07/88
The Jim Crows Blues Company
The Magnets
Stench
The Green Swings and special guests.
Tamworth Arts Centre

29/09/88
Stench
Tavern in the Town

18/12/88
DHSS
King Woderick and the Yogots
Soil Brothers
Stench (Banned)
Tamworth Arts Centre

Tamworth Herald Features:

Tamworth Herald - 07/10/88
Musicbox – All hail the new Bros!
OK. Here is a challenge to all of you Bros fans out there. The next time you feel remotely inclined to go and see Bros can I suggest instead that you go and see Stench!

Like Bros, Stench are a happy three piece with short haircuts and nice tunes. Admittedly that is pretty much where the similarity ends but I just can’t help feeling it would do Brosettes (or whatever they are called) tremendous good to see a real band like Stench.

Despite their frightening name, frightening look and frightening song-titles, Stench are really a trio of pussycats. They sing about psychos, acid-heads and Jack the Ripper with big Bros-like smiles on their face and despite the impression their image suggests, they are the sort of cuddly chaps mothers love to smother.

The thing above all about Stench’s psychobilly trip is that it is tremendous fun. All the songs are based around the wicked double-bass playing of Nick Plant and it all sounds like the sort of stuff Duane Eddy would have performed if he had known Ben Johnson’s doctor. It’s racy, pacy stuff, a fun jaunt which manages to combine the feel of the Fifties with the grit of the Eighties and is ideal for toe-tappers and wreckers alike.

Stench are unlike anything else Tamworth has ever produced and are a band who would go down a storm if they played the outdoor Festival next year. A great dance band suitable for wedding, christenings or orgies.

Sam Holliday

Tamworth Herald – 25/05/89
Musicbox – SNIPS
What’s This Headsdown Mindless Boogie About Nothing and Stench are among the latest bands to send demos to the Herald for review. Unfortunately space (in the paper and between my ears) is limited so we would ask people to be patient about seeing these reviews.

Tamworth Herald – 11/08/89
Musicbox - Demo of the week
A pleasant smell…
STENCH – ‘”Dragged from the Grace”****

Nice lads, Stench. With a series of song titles like ‘Mutant Hill’, ‘Zombies’ and ‘Strangler on the Beach’ this is clearly not the sort of stuff to play your granny.

But on closer inspection, it’s all totally harmless nonsense that strikes me as the illegitimate kid brother of the Soil Brothers. All crawling, rockabilly guitar lines, irresistible double bass riffs and absurd horror-comic lyrics.

Picking a favourite track is tricky as everyone will have you reaching for the tennis racket and knocking out those gorgeous creepy guitar lines that make these songs. A very nice Rikk Quay/Paul Speare production effort as well. Now if they’d stop destroying their instruments at the end of every gig.

Review – Martin Warrillow

Tamworth Herald – 13/10/89
Musicbox – SNIPS
STENCH, those doyens of all things bright and beautiful, are on the lookout for a manager.

The psychobilly warblers want a boss to steer them in the right direction and they are interested in hearing from anyone.

Tamworth Herald – 04/05/90
Musicbox – SNIPS
Stench are on the lookout for a singer. If their tasteful psycho-billy sounds is to your taste why not contact Nick for more information.


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