The Dicemen were a 6 piece band formed in 1989 and well know in the Reading live music scene at the time. The band fused ska, punk and reggae to create a very danceable sound and played a great many gigs.
They made one LP ‘Sitting On The Tarmac?’, and a four-track cassette tape ‘Snakes and Ladders’. The tape was later re-issued with the addition of a version of the live favourite know to the band as ‘Funkie’ but known to their audience as ‘that human race song’ under the name ‘((Can’t Play Won’t Play|Can’t Play, Won’t Play))’ and sold as a bootleg by Mat Hayes. You have to admire Mat for bootlegging his own band!
Andy also gave away a recording of the band’s farewell gig, recorded at The After Dark club on Thursday 7th of February 1992, under the title ‘More Fun’ to a very select few nearly ten years later after stumbling across the DAT tape when cleaning up. At least one track from that recording is available elsewhere on this site.
Prior to the formation of The Dicemen, Mat Hayes and Andy White had been in Tiny Hands of Concrete, and Mat Hayes had played a number of solo gigs as ‘Rolling Mat’. After The Dicemen split up Andy went on to play with Junction 13 and Mat, Jak and Qunitus went on to play with Springlid. Qunitus also played with both the Undewater Cow Band and Manic Mind Circus and was the power behind the decks of Q shack sound system.
John “Johnny Dice” - Vocals
Mat “Mat in the Hat” Hayes - Bass/Keyboards
Quintus Thacker - Keyboards/Bass
Matt Price - Rhythm Guitar
Andy White - Lead Guitar
Richard “Jak” James - Drums
Sitting on The Tarmac LP (Peasants Revolt)
Can’t Play, Won’t Play Audio Cassette
Edited by badanijel on 18 May 2009, 22:48
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