Legendary punk band Chelsea was formed in 1976 by front man Gene October. Spearheading the punk movement, their debut single ‘Right To Work’ was released in 1977 which brought the attention of the music press.
Gene October was responsible for starting The Roxy Club in Soho where many of the early punk bands started playing and Chelsea began playing alongside the likes of The Clash, The Damned, The Police, Sham 69. Featuring in Derrek Jarman’s punk film ‘Jubilee’ Chelsea also featured on 2 John Peel sessions and the Old Grey Whistle Test at the BBC promoting their self titled first album.
After a succession of singles and release of a 2nd album Chelsea toured the U.K & America releasing their 3rd album ‘Evacuate’ in 1980. The Evacuate album saw them touring again in the U.S and in the U.K with Anti Nowhere League on the infamous ‘So What’ tour.
Through various line-up changes over 4 decades, October continued to tour with Chelsea releasing 17 singles and 10 studio albums to date. Their most recent album ‘Saturday Night Sunday Morning’ released in 2015 was hailed in the music press as one of their finest.
Celebrating their 40th anniversary with dates throughout 2016 many of the Chelsea albums have been re-issued on collectors limited colored vinyl. The release of Chelsea’s complete recordings feature in the new anthology box sets 1 – 3 which include demos, previously unheard tracks, a historical biography through the albums, pictures and lyrics to all the songs. Release date: 16 April 2016!
In October 20, 2017, the band released a brand new album “Mission Impossible” (LP, CD)!
on tour: 13 Sept 2019 – 28 Sept 2019
for club shows and festivals available all through the year
16/09/2019 B-Brussels, Magasin 4
17/09/2019 CH-Solothurn, Kofmehl
18/09/2019 CH-Basel, Hirscheneck
19/09/2019 F-St.Etienne, Disorder club
21/09/2019 D-Düsseldorf, Stone im Ratinger Hof
23/09/2019 PL-Torun, Pub Pamela
25/09/2019 SK-Bratislava, Randal Club
26/09/2019 CZ-Olomouc, 15 minute club
27/09/2019 CZ-Prague, Modra Vopice
28/09/2019 D-Berlin, Cortina Bob
29/09/2019 D-Köln, Sonic Ballroom
Gene October – lead vocals
Nic Austin – guitar
Mat Sargent – bass
Lee Morrell – drums
Full length albums:
1979 – Chelsea
1980 – Alternative Hits
1982 – Evacuate
1985 – Original Sinners
1986 – Rocks Off
1989 – Underwraps
1993 – The Alternative (CD, Weser Label)
1994 – Traitors Gate (CD, Weser Label)
2002 – Metallic F.O.: Live
2005 – Faster, Cheaper and Better Looking
2016 – Anthology Box 3CDs
2016 – Re-release of former albums on vinyl
2017 – Mission Impossible (LP, CD)