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Thirty Frames A Second

Thirty Frames A Second
Thirty Frames A Second
(The Gallery)

Musical Genre/Type: Post-punk
Formed: 1981 Split: 1982

Band Members:
Matthew Lees - Lead Vocals/Guitar (Tamworth town centre)
Andrew Baines - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals (Gillway)
Mark Mortimer - Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals (Gillway)
Donald Skinner - Drums (Wigginton)
Paul Summers - Keyboards (Tamworth)

Gigs
09/09/81
Thirty Frames a Second
Classified Ads
The Assets
St. John’s Youth Club

12/09/81
The DHSS
Thirty Frames a Second
Wilnecote Village Hall

16/09/81
Thirty Frames a Second
Classified Ads
The Assets
Wilnecote Youth Club

Last Gig:
Venue: Wigginton Village Hall

Memories:
This was the band that came from the end of (Fetch) the Comfy Jigsaw and is another of Tamworth's famous "schoolboy bands" from the early 80s who helped pave the way for the explosion of groups in the town over the following 10 years or so. In this band, Donald Skinner opted to play drums instead of lead guitar.

Interestingly, we did some local youth club shows around the outlying areas of Tamworth - I remember us playing at Kingsbury Youth Club, Wood End Youth Club and Polesworth Youth Club as well as our regular haunt St. John's Youth Club on the Leys where we would often play, sometimes on the same bill as Sam Holliday's Classified Ads group.

Songs:
Look at the Mountain
Houses and Trees
Love Never Ends
Remember Me

Tamworth Herald Features

Tamworth Herald – 04/09/81
Musicbox – Seriously now, here come the Frames
REMEMBER the dark winter month of February when the evenings were long and chilly and the rain and snow never seemed to stop?

If you do, can you also cast your mind back and remember how the Tamworth music scene was perked up at that time by a cheeky bunch of young lunatics who gave themselves the unlikely name of (Fetch the) Comfy Jigsaw.

Their jaunty antics and lively sense of humour put them along with the short-lived but equally quirky Lounge Lizards – at the top of my winter cheerfulness league.

Well those of you who like me had been wondering what had happened to CJ over the last few months can now stop wondering and read on.

Paul Summers, keyboards and occasional percussion and Andrew Baines, guitar and keyboards have joined the established trio of Mark Mortimer, bass and vocals, Donald Skinner, drums and keyboards and Matthew Lees, lead vocals and guitar to make the new look band.

The name’s changed as well. Thirty Frames A Second is the new, more sensible, title. “Everything is a bit more sensible now,” said Mark.

Over the last month or so, Thirty Frames have been doing a tour of local youth clubs with The Classified Ads and The Assets in a bid to try out their new material live.

Anyone who has not caught them yet can see all three bands at St. John’s Youth Club in Tamworth on Wednesday, September 9 and Wilnecote Youth Club on Wednesday September 16.

TWO SIDES

Keyboards, as you would expect have a big influence on the new TFS sound.

“The extra keyboards mean there are two sides to our sound. We hope the audience won’t get fed-up with the sound of guitar and so they will be bombarded with keyboards,” said Matthew.

Among the new numbers are “Look at the Mountain”, “Houses and Trees”, “Love Never Ends” and “Remember Me”.

After trying out there new songs the band hope to record a … tape and there is a possibility that copies will be …

Tamworth Herald – 25/09/81
Musicbox – Fun with the frames
Thirty Frames a Second/DHSS: Wigginton
TWO of Tamworth’s finest young bands, Thirty Frames a Second and DHSS, responded to a healthy turn-out and a happy atmosphere to put on a great gig at Wigginton.

The Gallery
Thirty Frames a Second - photograph taken by Johnny Walker of the Tamworth Herald in the courtyard at Tamworth Castle around the spring/summer of 1981. Left to right: Matthew Lees, Mark Mortimer, Donald Skinner, Andrew Baines and Paul Summers.
Thirty Frames a Second - photograph taken by Johnny Walker of the Tamworth Herald in the courtyard at Tamworth Castle around the spring/summer of 1981. Left to right: Matthew Lees, Mark Mortimer, Donald Skinner, Andrew Baines and Paul Summers.
Andrew Baines with Thirty Frames A Second in August 1981 at Wood End Youth Centre.
Andrew Baines with Thirty Frames A Second in August 1981 at Wood End Youth Centre.
Thirty Frames A Second on stage at Kingsbury Youth Centre in August 1981 - Matthew Lees and Mark Mortimer pictured.
Thirty Frames A Second on stage at Kingsbury Youth Centre in August 1981 - Matthew Lees and Mark Mortimer pictured.
Matthew Lees, Donald Skinner & yours truly of 30 Frames A Second on stage at Kingsbury Youth Centre in August 1981.
Matthew Lees, Donald Skinner & yours truly of 30 Frames A Second on stage at Kingsbury Youth Centre in August 1981.
Andrew Baines of Thirty Frames A Second on stage at Wigginton Village Hall sometime in 1981.
Andrew Baines of Thirty Frames A Second on stage at Wigginton Village Hall sometime in 1981.
A Tamworth Herald report on Thirty Frames A Second from September 1981.
A Tamworth Herald report on Thirty Frames A Second from September 1981.
Thirty Frames a Second September 1981.
Thirty Frames a Second September 1981.
Thirty Frames a Second on stage at St John's Youth Club on the Leys in October 1981 (left to right): Mark Mortimer (bass), Matthew Lees (lead vocals, guitar), Andrew Baines (guitar) and hidden behind, Donald Skinner (drums). Not pictured was Paul Summers (keyboards).
Thirty Frames a Second on stage at St John's Youth Club on the Leys in October 1981 (left to right): Mark Mortimer (bass), Matthew Lees (lead vocals, guitar), Andrew Baines (guitar) and hidden behind, Donald Skinner (drums). Not pictured was Paul Summers (keyboards).
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