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VARUKERS - Damned and Defiant


That’s right! At Obscene Extreme we can't allow there to be a lack of energetic, pissed and intense punk!!! That's why you should be clutching onto your Union Jacks in anticipation for the return of British punk legends, VARUKERS!!! The band that started way back in 1979 and, since then, have artfully brought forth great musical mastery in their music and razor sharpened their guitars with real metal distortion!!!

VARUKERS belong to the same clan as the classics of the genre, Discharge or Amebix, and so they can also be considered classics!!! After nine years, they’ve accumulated more notches on their riffle's butt and from so many more gigs all over the world, but they are finally back at OEF!!! Prepare yourself for their assault!!! Once more into the breach VARUKERS!!!


The Varukers were formed in 1979 in Leamington Spa.

The original line was Rat vocals, Bruce Riddel on guitar, Garry Moloney on bass and Tom Lowe on second guitar and some other guy called Garry on drums, around about 1980 the drummer decided he had enough and rode off into the sunset, so a reshuffle had to be done Tom Lowe went onto bass and Garry Maloney took up the drum duties.

The band started to gig and attracted the interest of a record label from birmingham (Inferno Records), in 1982 The Varukers unleashed there debut release to the punk hordes Protest To Survive ep, shortly after the record came out Garry Maloney (drums) left The Varukers to join Discharge, so a new drummer was brought in Brian Rowe (he is the one on the UK DK video saying its a cult figure) anyway we learnt some new songs and put out Don't Wanna Be A Victim ep.

After this record was released Tom Lowe (bass) dropped out his replacement was George.

At this time we was getting a little bit pissed off with Inferno Records as regards the delays in putting out our records so we approached Riot City Records from Bristol to see if they would be interested in putting out our debut album Blood Suckers, they were and it was released in 1983.

George then decided he wasn't interested in playing punk anymore so he left, Broken Bric was his replacement.

We did one more 7 inch Die For Your Government then Brian (drums ) wanted to develop his drumming so off he went to develop oh and Bruce (guitar had another kid) the one that broke the camels back so it was now Rat and Bric.

Drafted into the drum and guitar positions was two mates from Lichfield punk band War Wound, Andy Baker on drums and Damien on guitar and with this line up the band recorded the 7inch Led To The Slaughter and the much acclaimed 8 track 12inch Another Religion Another War, while recording the 12inch Bric announced that he was leaving the band (I think due to the piss taking of him cant remember what it was about,anyway Damien knew of this guy called Tony who played bass, Tony’s picture is on the cover of Another Religion, but he did not actually play on it, come to think of it Tony never recorded anything.

Anyway it was now 1984 and The Varukers embarked on there first European tour, it went well but some dealings were afoot because upon there return, Tony and Damien announced that they wanted to leave and form a new band (they became Sacrilege), so Andy Baker and Rat once again had to sort out new prey, they enlisted two guys from Wales, they were Paul Miles on guitar an Graham Kerr on bass once the set had been learnt the Varukers ventured back over to Europe along with the Mau Maus from Sheffield.
Driving Mau Maus around was a guy called Dunk he owned Rot Records he wanted to do some stuff with The Varukers so the band put out the Massacred Millions 12inch and a rather rough recorded live album Live In Holland, anyway this was now late 1984.

After these releases Andy Baker decided he wanted to team up with his old mate Damien so he and joined Sacrilege (some mates, 2 years later they got rid of him) anyway not to be deterred by this latest departure (I mean there has been quite a few and please keep on reading it gets worse) the band then had a guy called Gilb for a few months but things got in the wa,y pregnancy, work and travelling, so his replacement was Warren from Rochdale.

He played on the 1985 release One Struggle One Fight, and as if we haven't been having enough trouble to keep 4 people together we decided to add a second guitarist(Gluttons for punishment or what) we had our eye on a lad from Northampton punk band Death Sentence, Biff, so he joined us, family problems arose for Warren so he returned to Rochdale, then Kevin Frost joined us on the drums early 1986.

We did a couple of good shows with Discharge well we was good, Discharge was doing all that Grave New World shit. and a couple of shows with GBH, we started to sort out some new material and then it all went tits up we split up this was about late 1988 or early 1989, even though we had split up we was still getting a lot of letters and support for the band from all around the world, anyway I think about 2 years or less had past, when biff got in touch with me and mentioned that The Varukers should get back together, Biff would play guitar, Rat vocals, Kev Frost on drums and Biffs mate Brian on bass (This was the longest running and most stable line The Varukers ever had) we recorded and released the 7inch Nothings Changed (cos nothing had, the music, the attitude) on weird records and it sold well.

Nothing's Changed let people know we were back and offers of tours came flooding in, the bands first American tour in 1994, a tour of Japan, the momentum was growing, we signed to We Bite Records from Germany and released Still Bollox But Still Here, new versions of some of the bands early materials that a lot of people could not get hold of the originals, unless they wanted to get ripped off by record dealers

Next we recorded an album of new material, Murder, it was released on We Bite in Europe and Asylum Records in the USA, for a while the line up stayed stable but then the curse once again raised its ugly head, Brian left the band and Kierran replaced him but not for long as he had to return to Canada due to family problems.
A few people stood in on bass to help do the tours, Les and Mark from Concrete Sox, Todd from Distraught (USA) then Kev left on one of his few occasions so Kenko from Swedish band Meanwhile and Justin from Iron Monkey filled the drum stool for a while, the band finally recruited Taff on bass (Chaos UK) and Kev came back after a year away.
We then entered the studio and recorded the album How Do You Sleep, armed with this album the band returned to the States, went back to Japan did a tour of Australia and New Zealand, oh and did two tours of Brazil, the album was released on Go-Kart Records in the USA and Peculio Records in Brazil, Kev left after these various tours, his replacement on the drums is Ricardo from Portugal, the band have also added another guitarist to give them a more bollox his name is Sean originally from Hard To Swallow.

After Ricardo’s departure, Stick from Doom filled the drum stool for the next 7 years. Marvin then left & was replaced once again by Brian. Stick then left the band in October 2016 & Kev once again came back on the drum stool. The band went back into the recording studio after a 12 year hiatus to record the album “Damned & Defiant” which was released late 2017.

The band continue to tour & are back to a stable line up once more with Rat, Biff, Brian & Kev. 2017 & 2018 have been busy for the band touring wise with 3 visits to the USA, European tours, UK tours & will be returning to Brazil, Columbia & Chile late 2018. An 8 track EP is also planned for late 2018/early 2019.
2019 sees the 40th anniversary of the band so expect to see a big push from us along with an new album.


Release date Release name Media
2017 Damned and Defiant CD, LP
2010 Murder / Nothing' Changed LP LP
2009 Killing Myself to Live CD CD
2006 1980–2005: Collection Of 25 Years CD CD
2005 Hellbound CD, LP
2005 Punk Singles 1981–1985 CD
2004 Riot City Years: '83-'84 CD
2000 How Do You Sleep?
1998 Murder CD, LP
1995 Still Bollox but Still Here (re-release of old tracks) CD
1994 Nothing Changed EP
1994 Deadly Games CD, LP
1986 Prepare for the Attack LP
1984 Led to the Slaughter EP
1984 Another Religion, Another War EP
1984 Massacred Millions EP
1984 One Struggle, One Fight LP
1983 Bloodsuckers LP
1982 I Don't Wanna Be a Victim EP
1982 "Die for Your Government" single
1981 Protest and Survive EP


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