The Alarm – filming Under Attack DVD

By |November 10th, 2005|0 Comments

The Alarm begin a 3 day ‘urban guerilla’ video shoot to film 13 songs in one weekend for an accompanying DVD with the forthcoming album ‘Under Attack’. The aim is to film an individual video for each song in a different location around the Rhyl area and as each song is wrapped up, the tapes are sent to Mike Peter’s studio in Dyserth where they are edited as the next song is being filmed. Locations were, The Chapel and the waterfall in Dyserth. Underground car park, old Downtown Club, Railway sideings, High Street, Fun Fair, Town Hall and Crescent Road car park in Rhyl.
Here is the finished version of Cease & Desist, shot under the railway arches by The Dudley Arms and train station in Rhyl.

Meanwhile – DOA UK (Dead on Arrival) – play the Red Lion, St Asaph. The very young band from Holyhead (later called Demask), take advantage of the vibrant networking across North Wales to play in obscure venues that Blood & Lipstick promoter Steve Rastin seems to unearth.

Gaz Top Interview

By |April 10th, 2005|2 Comments

The Gareth Jones (Gaz Top) interview…
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(by neil crud)
Before the interview, here’s Gaz Top’s entry on the link2wales pages…
Top, Gaz – real name Gareth Jones, from Holywell Guitar roadie for The Alarm 1979-1985 TV presenter 1985 to present day, loaned Seventeen (The Alarm) the money to release their debut single. Also played bass for Backseat / The Units later The Grids formed The Tuphelo Torpedoes in 1987. As the Jones Brothers (With Steve Allan Jones) co-wrote the title music for Video Jukebox for Grampian TV in 1988 and KellyVision for Tyne-Tees in 1987. Presenter of countless TV programmes, mainly children’s entertainment and educational, incl.; Get Fresh (for ITV in 1986-88) How2 (CiTV 1990-present day) The Big Bang (CiTV 1994-present day). As Kid Aggro provided guest vocals on “Cum On Feel The Noize” by The Children of The Revolution 2000

The Alarm play Scala Cinema, London (original line up)

By |October 28th, 2003|0 Comments

The Alarm (Original Members) /  For One Night Only /  Filmed for VH1
Scala Cinema /  Kings Cross /  London /  28/10/03

(reviewed by steve sync – pics by mpo)


Crud contacted me last Thursday night, he told me, and a few others to send an email to MPO on the chance of gaining priority passes for The Alarm’s One Night Only reunion gig in London. Not thinking much about the consequences of driving to London and back on a Tuesday night, and working the next morning, I happily sent my email expecting not to hear anything back from them. Saturday morning, to my surprise, an email from MPO congratulated me on being one of the lucky people to gain a ticket. Realistically, I had no way or intention of travelling to this event, unless I could scrounge a lift off another lucky ticket winner driving back to North Wales the same night. Step forward Roger Subway, who had also gained a ticket, and was prepared to drive! (This impossible task looked more inviting now). Dave Taxi, who moved from Rhyl to London a few years ago, contacted us with news of his Alarm ticket, (This now seemed not only possible, but also, unmissable).

The Alarm – The Gathering @ Llandudno Conference Centre

By |January 27th, 2001|0 Comments

We must be climbing the social ladder – having begged, borrowed & almost stolen tickets for previous Gatherings, this year we were invited on 3 guest lists. It’s becoming a bit of a tradition to start at the Imperial Hotel in Llandudno, which is more a collar & tie setting than 5 boys out on a 12-hour session of music & beer.

x-ellFairziff, Andy Fatman, Steve Sync, Jake & myself discussed the demise of the Speakeasy as the dinner parties quaffed their campari sodas & we made our way to the NW Theatre.
X-ELL (or Excel) from Rhyl were well into their set when we stumbled in. A 3-piece (as most new bands are these days), very young, so young in fact that the drummer was about 11 years old & very talented; but like his Hanson counterpart he knew it to the point of annoyance.

The Alarm play Rhyl

By |October 6th, 2000|0 Comments