Profondo Rosso are a 3-piece post-punk band from Sunderland, N.E. England.
Formed in 1992 and taking their moniker from the Italian slashflick directed by Dario Argento, the original lineup comprised John Savage, Duncan Garvey and Graeme Watson. Graeme left the band in 1993 to pursue other interests and after a short while Karl Rouleau (Oz) was drafted in to assume drumming responsibilities.
Powerful and energetic stage shows gained them popularity on the local scene and attracted the interest of local label Neat Records. This kicked off a successful partnership which saw the release of EP 'Extrapolate', singles 'Open Plan Go' and 'Auto Erotic' as well as two albums - 'To Live, And Die, In The UK' and 'Next Stop Neurosis'.
The band also enjoyed numerous gigs including support slots with punk legends, The Damned and 'New Wave of New Wave' doyens, S*M*A*S*H. Neat Records at one point were partnered with Japanese media giants Pony Canyon to release material in Asia, the band embarked upon a lucrative tour of Japan.
A promising career was cut short in 1997 when Duncan badly broke his wrist, stopping the band in its tracks. The Profondo Rosso bubble burst completely soon after with Karl vacating the drum stool and John making the decision not to continue.
Fast-forward to 2018 and after brief appearances in interim years, Profondo Rosso have retuned to the music scene once again. What was originally an idea to reboot the old albums live has evolved into writing new songs, three of which featured in their recent support set with The Lurkers - their first gig in 3 years.
With more gigs planned and the option to record new tracks on the horizon, Profondo Rosso are just happy to be playing again.
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