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For a frighteningly long time The Hangmen have instigated & developed a punk/rockabilly hybrid under the generic term of ‘Psychobilly’.
The band has gigged and toured consistently throughout - releasing seven albums, making countless CD and DVD compilation appearances, a fistful of singles and have been featured in published literature.
Never runnng with any pack they've pursued, delivered and evolved a raw hi-octane rock & roll formula with guts, distinction and attitude.
The bands North East England inception expanded with sustained and repeated live touring and performances across the globe, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech, England. France, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, the USA to name a few have all received repeated onslaughts, endorsing a formidable word-of-mouth reputation.
Live highlights include their movie-shot New Jersey Festival appearance, bringing the house down (almost literally!) at NYCs legendary CBGBs, and the distinction of being ‘Live-pick-of-the-week’ in the national music press during a Canadian tour - despite being up against The Hives on the same night in Vancouver!
The latest tour of East European capitals was another marked succes, laced with the bands customary misadventures it saw them forging relentless new ground to connect with the ever expanding worldwide fanbase.
Russia followed as the next Eastbound frontier to fall in 2011.
Distinctive material and a no-bullshit delivery are the bones of The Hangmens revamped, punk-stained, dirty Rock & Roll...ranted & hammered out by the trio deliriously and always at full throttle.
Wielding just one guitar (a Frankenstein like creation custom built and baptised 'Lucy' in a New Orleans Voodoo temple!), mercilessly punished WW3 drums and a supercharged double-bass - topped off with a bloodcurdling wrath of vocal rage, the result is a hectic hail of sweat, noise & sneers in which they satire, confront and offend the world we think we know with their own menacingly bizarre antithesis.
With cynical wit and challenge The Hangmen revel in a defiant hysteria through their own unsavoury, unpredictable visions.
Seven 'cult classic' albums released by small independent labels sell (and sell out) consistently to an ever expanding fanbase despite limited and erratic distribution.
Vinyl singles ‘Spring Heeled Jack’ and 'The Curse' both attracted further favourable reviews not to mention them scorching the BBC airwaves.
Their most recent, finest, most anticipated and fastest selling opus to date - Cacklefest! is described as a dark concoction of spare monster parts, pieces of crashed dragsters and lost voodoo artefacts!
The band also takes a rare view on dealing with it's album releases, holding a 'never look back'' manifesto. To date the band has refused all requests to reissue their back catalogue, making them highly sought after.
Being essentially a live band has seen many a release project mothballed or ditched in favor of yet another gigs schedule - however The Hangmen are currently addressing the balance with new material aimed at new recordings in the first half of 2012. Watch this dark space.
As ‘industry outsiders’ they achieve ongoing and gathering interest against the odds, and as such continue crafting new material to compliment an already prolific repertoire.
Surviving and thriving where most had fallen or hibernated away, The Hangmen are thee Rock & Roll graveyard gang that sweat, bleed and piss it - so when you're ready to get down to it just remember The Hangmen are already down there - ready or not - kicking it up and keeping it hot.
They have momentum, they have originality and they have relentless energy. What do you do with a band like that?...