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Look Back in Anger are a goth rock band from Hampshire, UK. The initial line-up consisted of Mich Ebeling (vocals), Jim Newby (guitar), Steve Butler (bass and keyboards) and Rick Butler (drums), who got together while A level students at Havant College to create a musical version of the eponymous John Osbourne play. Their first public performance was at the Merchistoun Hall in Horndean in 1980, performing a subdued synth-based set that included a cover version of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. In the early days, rehearsals took place in the Butlers’ record shop, Focus Sounds in Waterlooville. LBA soon become established on the local gig circuit, playing such hallowed venues as the Leopard in Purbrook and the Waterlooville Community Centre. In 1981 they headlined at the “Rock Against the Bomb” festival in Waterlooville.

Ebeling and Newby were to remain the backbone of the outfit throughout its life, but the Butler brothers were soon replaced by more adventurous musicians in the form of Simon Tufnell on bass and Chris Pickford on drums. The band’s combination of venomous heartfelt vocals, echoing guitar sounds and thumping bass and drums began to attract attention from further afield and in 1982 they secured the support slot to Death Cult on their national tour. They also supported the likes of Sex Gang Children and Danse Society and headlined at the Brixton Ace. Despite inevitably being likened to Siouxsie and the Banshees, the LBA sound was truly original and distinctive. LBA split in 1984 and Newby joined The Fifteenth. Chris Pickford plays and records with Blisskreig a Basingstoke band playing festivals and london venues in 2007.


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  • AlkalineLoaf

    Her hair is one of the worst things I've ever seen.

    12 Mar 7:08am Reply
  • stitchesaresore

    It's been entirely too long since I've listened to this. Time to dust off my older music collection. <3

    14 Feb 7:11am Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    absolutely LOVE them ! Wish someone would do reissues, their material is just too good to sit around, collecting dust and to be forgotten

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
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  • mightymich

    Thanyou again ! Lovely to hear all this :) Mich

    6 Feb 2011 Reply
  • paleypeach

    Of course. Good music never dies.

    6 Feb 2011 Reply
  • mightymich surprised there are still so many people interested in our music ! thanks. Mich

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Aleks-F-Head

    Great band - But imho, she doesn't sing like Siouxsie at all. She has lots more rock elements in her voice than the floating, out-of-this-world-singing Siouxsie. Sounds more like a female Ian Astbury... Corresponding with thir very Death Cult/Cult-influenced music.

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ShockedOfLight

    Nice! Sounds like Siouxsie Sioux singing!

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • FrancaSova


    28 Sep 2009 Reply
  • sof2210

    Sunfeast was something Mich did with Play Dead under the moniker of M.A.D. Grey Sky was the first track off our album. Got wardrobes full of our demo and live stuff that I keep meaning to get cleaned up and digitized, but I just haven't the time or facility. Sean (formerly Jim Newby. I changed my name in 1993).

    12 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Bethankurt

    I like this band, the voice is beatiful

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • uzpurne

    Grey sky, yes.

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • lily_shift

    Wait a second, I have never heard of Sunfeast of Grey Sky before. Anyone know if these are actual songs by the band?

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SorrowVictor

    very good! I like it! *Beautiful bass)

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • pizzapi

    good stuff

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • ShadowolfIncubi

    Hey hey, anyone know the lyrics to "Grey Sky"? I wanna try to learn to play it >.>

    11 Jan 2009 Reply
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