The band, formed in 1983 by Kirk Brandon is celebrating 35 years by touring the UK
After the demise of Kirk Brandon’s post punk band Theatre of Hate in 1983, he formed a new band called Spear of Destiny. The current line up of SoD is the longest serving to date and features Adrian Portas (New Model Army/Sex Gang Children), Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy/The Cult/The Mission) and Phil Martini (Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind) on drums. Long time Brandon cohort Steve Allan-Jones will be covering the keyboards.
On April 6th, Spear of Destiny will release their fourteenth studio album called Tontine. The album has been fully funded from a private fan pre-sale. The label will be Brandon’s own Eastersnow Recording Company. It will be available on CD, Vinyl and Download.
When touring, the iconic band will be playing songs from all 35 years of SoD. Such classics include: Liberator, Mickey, Rainmaker, The Wheel, Never Take Me Alive. These are all found sitting closely alongside newer fan favourites such as Sputnik, Suicide God, Judas, Lucky Man & Berlin! Berlin!.
As 2018 is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the band’s iconic debut long player “Grapes of Wrath” live shows throughout the year will most certainly feature a good smattering of GoW tracks for good measure.
Praise for Kirk Brandon and Spear of Destiny:
The BBC’s Jeremy Vine says, “@kirkbrandon is one of our greatest musical geniuses”
John Robb’s Louder Than War: “Spear of Destiny are criminally underrated and are one of Britain’s best, Boys Own, punch the air, grandiose Rock’nRoll bands.”
Mojo wrote: “Kirk Brandon is one of the UK’s best kept secrets”.
Concerning SOD’s previous studio album ‘31’(Thirty-One), BBC Radio’s Jools Holland said, “possibly [Spear of Destiny’s] best album in 20 years.”
Louder Than War: “9/10. Brandon puts his all into every song with epic bombast, coming across as a tragic rock n roll anti-hero. He is the Wagner of rock n roll. And the haircut’s still pretty cool.”
Aberdeen Voice: “Thirty one years together makes for flawless instrumentals, a unique sound, and some remarkable riffs and harmonies.”
11th CREWE The Crosville Club
12th CREWE The Crosville Club
13th LONDON 229
16th BRISTOL Fleece
17th LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
18th STOCKTON Georgian Theatre
19th GLASGOW King Tuts
20th DUNFERMLINE PJ Malloys
23rd NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
24th MANCHESTER The Ruby Lounge
25th NEWCASTLE 02 Academy
26th NORWICH Waterfront
27th BEDFORD Corn Exchange
30th READING Sub 89
31st CARDIFF The Globe
1st LEAMINGTON SPA Zephyr Lounge
2nd SOUTHAMPTON 1865
3rd LEWES Con Club