Formed in Hertfordshire in 1980, the band began as a 3-piece, comprising former Jetz members: Den Pugsley, Tony Skeggs and Andy (Wells) Welsford. With the addition of keyboardist Rick Birmingham, The Pencils gigged extensively on the London circuit for 3 years. They signed to DNO Management in Autumn 1981 and released three singles on the Next Record label between July 1982 and April 1983 (see discography below). The band gathered favourable reviews in national and local press, with their records spun on the UK's premier radio station (Radio 1) by such luminaries as John Peel, Kid Jensen and Mike Read. Radio 1 had also previously broadcast a live session on their "In Concert" series in July 1981. An album was subsequently completed at Hotline Studios, Frankfurt, believed unreleased until 2011, when - to the band's great surprise - an original 1984 vinyl album (on the German label, X-Records), suddenly turned up on ebay. April 1983 saw the band embark on a UK National tour and sign to U.S. record label Parallel. Fate unfortunately, then played its hand. With the sudden collapse of the record company just weeks before the release of an e.p. (featuring the band's UK singles) and the obligatory 'management problems'...the band ground to a halt. The Pencils performed their final show on July 29th, 1983. 30 years on, The Pencils are finally available on compact disc. November 2012 saw American label, Kool Kat Records release The Pencils Anthology, a 27-track retrospective featuring their original singles and album plus many more previously unreleased recordings. In November 2014, the band reunited in aid of the The Susan Giblin Foundation for Animal Wellness and Welfare by recording a new composition, 'Christmas Is Coming Again' available on the cd 'Kool Kat Kristmas volume two'. Harry De Vance

The Pencils discography:

Watching The Tears / You Say You (NEX 701) July 1982
If You Really Wanna Hurt Somebody / Till Your Luck Runs Out (NEX 703) Oct 1982
Pictures Of Paris / Steal Your Love (NEX 705) April 1983

The Pencils (X-Records) 1984
The Pencils Anthology (Kool Kat Records) 2012
Early Sketches (Kool Kat Records) 2012

compilation: A Kool Kat Kristmas volume two
Christmas Is Coming Again (Nov 2014)

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