Spear of Destiny announce Outlands and Beyond UK 2012 tour
Posted: 25th July 2012
Kirk Brandon and co to celebrate 25th anniversary of classic album, tickets on sale now
If you were a regular attendee of ubiquitous indie and goth discos back in the mid to late '80s, then S.O.D. is an acronym with which you may be familiar. Spear of Destiny's fiery blasts of rebellion-soul and boisterous knuckles-high power-anthems were a staple in my town - Plymouth's finest establishments such as Ziggy's, Wood's, Monroe's and that ropey sticky-carpet wonderland above Flares... forgotten its name... were responsible for the occasional chipped teeth caused by flailing arms during 'The Liberator' and 'Come Back' and pre-S.O.D. Theatre of Hate's 'Westworld'. Happy days. Sore ones too.
But as with many punk-new-wave outfits, Spear of Destiny calmed down as time passed and later songs didn't reach DJ playlists with New Order, Psychedelic Furs, New Model Army or Sisters of Mercy. However, the mainstream beckoned instead - no bad thing if the music is good, of course. Kirk Brandon's charges had already threatened to hit big with the aforementioned club favourites, as well as 'The Wheel' and 'Prisoner of Love', all taken from their first three albums, 'Grapes of Wrath', 'One-Eyed Jacks' and major-label debut 'World Service'.
In 1987, things took a turn for the better with 'Outland', their first for Virgin Records. Packaged in a grainy retro sleeve with a 'Boys Own' style etching of Brandon and burning fields, the nine songs had an air of the resolute and resilience about them. Big hit 'Never Take Me Alive' proved pivotal for a while, 'Strangers In Our Town' mirrored the passion of earlier works with a rousing chorus and 'The Traveller' was a poignant reflective anthem that just missed out on being a Top of the Pops contender.
All in all, 'Outland' remains a terrific fist-pumping set for grown-ups and will sound great live when the band revisit it and other releases, including 2010's 'Omega Point', the band's most recent album. Their tour begins in November soon after Brandon and his charges have supported Stiff Little Fingers on their UK jaunt. Stops include Leeds, Nottingham, Glasgow and finally Islington on 2nd December. Tickets for these four shows went on sale today (Wednesday) priced from £12.50 upwards and it's expected that more venues will be added to their travels in due course.
- Thu 9th Sep 2021 Spear of Destiny Cluny (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Buy Tickets
- Fri 10th Sep 2021 Spear of Destiny PJ Molloys (Dunfermline) Buy Tickets
- Sun 12th Sep 2021 Spear of Destiny The Rescue Rooms (Nottingham) Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Sep 2021 Spear of Destiny The Hare and Hounds Birmingham (Kings Heath) Buy Tickets
- Fri 17th Sep 2021 Spear of Destiny Esquires (Bedford) Buy Tickets
- Sun 19th Sep 2021 Spear of Destiny The Crescent Community Centre (York) Buy Tickets
- Wed 22nd Sep 2021 Spear of Destiny Darwen Library Theatre (Blackburn) Buy Tickets
- Fri 24th Sep 2021 Spear of Destiny The Hat Factory Arts Centre (Luton) Buy Tickets
- Thu 30th Sep 2021 Spear of Destiny Manchester Academy (Manchester) Buy Tickets
- Fri 1st Oct 2021 Spear of Destiny, Kirk Brandon 229 the venue - Great Portland Street (Marylebone) Buy Tickets