The Best Protection + The BBC Sessions
The Arkive – Digital Release
20 November 2015
The Arkive is pleased to announce the digital only release of “The Best Protection + The BBC Sessions” by intense 80s post punk outfit FOLK DEVILS. “The Best Protection” was a three track 12” recorded in 1987 by the second incarnation of the band and the BBC Sessions were recorded by the first incarnation of the band for John Peel between 1984-1985.
Formed by Co. Durham native Ian Lowery (formerly of The Wall and Ski Patrol) in 1983, the Folk Devils’ original line-up consisted of Whiteley (Bass), Kris Jozajtis (Guitar) and Alan Cole (Drums) – the latter also previously of Ski Patrol. Throughout their 4-year lifespan, the band released several acclaimed singles including “Hank Turns Blue” and “Beautiful Monster” and recorded several sessions for the John Peel Show on BBC Radio One. These sessions have never been available in the original high-quality studio audio since they were originally recorded, until now.
Musically their heady brew of swampy rock underlined by a bed of bastardized blues created a vehicle for Lowery’s increasingly misanthropic worldview. A well-honed gutter poet since the early days of punk, Ian developed an idiosyncratic style, fusing a natural gift for sly wordplay and a well-turned snarky phrase with his often vitriolic and poignant lyrics channeled through an explosive onstage persona. Folk Devils opened for the likes of The Fall, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Gun Club and Spacemen 3, and also toured extensively throughout Europe.
The second incarnation was short-lived, consisting of Ian Lowery, Nick Clift (ex Ski Patrol guitarist), Robert Mune (Bass), John Hamilton (Drums) and Saul Taylor (Saxophone). During this time they released an anthology collecting all their earlier material entitled “Goodnight Irony” as well as one 12″ single of new material entitled “The Best Protection” for the Beggars Banquet imprint Situation 2, which is now being reissued digitally for the first time.
Folk Devils imploded amid London’s notorious heroin underground in the mid-80s but Ian Lowery continued to work essentially as a solo artist in collaboration with other musicians on albums by King Blank and The Ian Lowery Group amongst others. Unfortunately he never received the recognition that he deserved and died in relative obscurity in 2001. However, his legacy lived on, influencing bands such as Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized. With these reissues, his work will be introduced to a new set of fans who will identify with Folk Devils’ ferocious intensity.
In memoriam Ian Lowery (1956-2001)
The Best Protection
The Third Stroke
Where the Buffalo Roam (Peel Session 20-3-84)
Beautiful Monster (Peel Session 20-3-84)
Tight Sleep (Peel Session 20-3-84)
What’s That Smell (Peel Session 20-3-84)
Big Car Big Car (Peel Session 5-9-84)
Wail (Peel Session 5-9-84)
Broken Head (Peel Session 5-9-84)
Ink Runs Dry (Peel Session 5-9-84)
This Traitor Hand (Peel Session 06-18-85)
It Drags On (Peel Session 06-18-85)
Under the Bridge (Peel Session 06-18-85)
Dead Heat (Peel Session 06-18-85)