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Nancy Vandal

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Sydney, Australia (1993 – 2001, 2008 – present)

Nancy Vandal is a punk band from Sydney, Australia that performed from 1993 to 2001 and had a reunion performance in 2003 and have, as of December 2008, planned a reunion and new EP for 2009. The band was initially called Hard Axe To Follow, then Nancy Vandal and the Popgun Assassins, but the last part of the name was later dropped.

Nancy Vandal was formed by Warrane College students Foxtrotsky/Fox Trotsky and JJ LaMoore as a strictly pretend band as neither of them could play an instrument. Eventually the pair formed a real band called Meataxe that played on campus. The original line-up of Nancy Vandal and the Popgun Assassins featured Trotsky and LaMoore plus Marcus “Rolfe” Rolfe on bass and vocals and Serene Dean Bakota on drums. Like Trotsky and LaMoore, Rolfe had never played bass before joining the band. At first, the music part of the band’s live shows would generally take second place to gimmicks such as trivia competitions, prolonged verbal attacks on both fellow band members and audience and in one instance, a puppet show.

In 1994, Nancy Vandal and the Popgun Assassins recorded a 14 track debut EP, Return Of The Zombie Skate Poets From Planet Sex that featured classics such as “Space Girl With Bionic Breasts”, “She Left Me For A Game Show Host Blues” and “I Slam Therefore I Am”.

By 1995 Nancy Vandal had begun touring, visiting Melbourne and Brisbane. Trotsky’s band newsletter The Vandal’s Voice became a fully fledged fanzine complete with comics, libelous proclamations, articles and CDs. The first of these issues was ShitHot ‘95 that consisted of songs covered by the cream of Sydney’s Inner West punk rock scene.

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