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October File


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(2003 – present)

Anger and belief. Power and persistence. October File have earned a formidable reputation as one of the UK’s heaviest and most intensely original bands over their eventful career. This four-man post-punk hardcore crew, formed in 2003 by guitarist Matt Lerwill and bassist Steve Beatty, have doggedly redefined what it means to convey ferocity and fury through the art of riffs, rhythms and incendiary, politically-charged lyrics, amassing a substantial fan base from across the rock, punk and metal spectrum and garnering countless effusive and ecstatic reviews from all corners of the rock and metal media.

Inspired by a wide range of influences, from post-punk heroes like Killing Joke, Amebix, Godflesh and Gang of Four through to the greats of rock, punk, industrial and underground metal, October File exploded into life with their 2004 debut album ‘A Long Walk On A Short Pier’ and the ‘How To Lose Friends And Alienate People’ EP from the same year, both of which were released by UK imprint Golf Records. Embarking on a relentless slew of live performances which has seldom slowed since, the band – completed by vocalist Ben Hollyer and drummer John Watt - proved their dedication to playing in front of anyone and everyone and duly attracted the attention of the UK rock and metal press. Consolidating their notoriety with the EPs ‘Monuments’ (2005) and ‘Hallowed Be Thy Army’ (2006), which marked the band’s upward shift to the prestigious Candlelight Records label


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