Loud, Heavy, Psychedelic, Stoner Rock that swings!
Formed in 2013 out of an on-line, chance meeting between Sam Orr and James
Coppack, 1968 was created out of their love for many albums created in the year
Drawing influences from Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Jimi Hendrix and many
others, the band purvey a sound that pays homage whilst adding new elementsto the overall mix such as Soundgarden and the grungier sounds of the early1990’s.
The band released their debut, self-titled EP in January 2015 through Black Bow
Records and received favourable reviews, the EP gathered momentum through
a small PR campaign in late 2014.
During 2015 and 2016, the band managed to find appreciation within the
Manchester and London scenes playing regularly at venues in the city and being
invited back by numerous promoters for all-day events and sharing the bill with
other bands such as Boss Keloid, Kadavar, St. Vitus, Monolord, Elephant Tree
and Valley Of The Sun to name a few.
A lineup change was instigated in late 2016 and Tom Drury, who has recorded
all material to date, was replaced by former Sons of Andal drummer Dan Amati.
Tom’s final work was released on the second 1968 EP, Fortuna Havana, also
released on Black Bow Records on February 10th 2017
1968 pride themselves on travelling with a backline that conveys their ‘Loud as
Fuck’ ethic, this has been used to great effect in live shows around the UK and
Europe and as of 2019, America. 1968 travelled and played three dates in America in May 2019 sharing the bills
with Red Fang and John Garcia.
The band have incorporated live studio recordings into their first full length
album, Ballads of the Godless, which was released on July 6th independently on
Vinyl, CD, Cassette and all digital platforms. The record is a mixture of
recordings from Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios and Simon Jones from
Following their American tour, the band recorded a live set at the world famous
Whisky A Gogo in Los Angeles, this was released on September 11th 2019.
In late 2019, the band completed two tours in the UK and Europe, the current
plan is to work on their second album and tour liberally in 2021.