I have very fond memories with my time with Department S; we played some great, and some not so great, shows but one thing is certain, we had many laughs along the way. I put together a short video with some film clips and photos I collected during my stint with the band. The soundtrack to this is Frozen Room which I wrote for their album, When All Is Said And All Is Done. A very personal song and one which I had hoped would indicate a different direction for the band. Alas, that didn’t happen.
I joined Department S in 2014 for a gig at the Garage in London supporting Chameleons Vox. It was meant to be a one-off but I ended up staying for 5 years. It was great fun playing with them, in particular, the latest line-up of Ed Roxy, Phil Thompson and Alan Galaxy. I have decided to make 2019 my last year with the band, despite all the fun. I need to do other things before I get too old, so my last gig will be in my home town of Harpenden at the 2-day Punk festival in April. Update… well that didn’t happen as the Harpenden gig got cancelled, so my last gig was the Alternative Music Fest in Minehead which was a great blast and a fine way to end.
Here is a remix by Steve Young of Persia Dance. The original appeared on the When All Is Said and All Is Done album.
Shot of the week: Phil Thompson at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy 2018
Here’s a fond look at my time in Dept S with video and stills.