Black Swans / Carbonari – biography

By |March 31st, 2012|0 Comments

The Black Swans began life as Utopia on 7th March 1998, formed by Prestatyn based Tom Scriven and James Kershaw (both were only 15 years old), who were joined by Eddie James (vocals) and Carl Hogan (bass) (formerly of Flashbax). Although it did take a year of very little activity to record an EP, “Just The Way” at Rockcliffe Studios in Llandudno, May 1999. Eddie left soon after this session and was replaced by 17 year old Sarah Lipman who took over and added her own mark on songs like Smokin’ Fossil Fuels, Bind Ivy, and Alone. This line-up recorded a new EP called Fake in September 1999 and received rave reviews in the local press. Utopia played a part in local music history when they were the last band to ever perform in The Savoy Bistro in Rhyl before it closed its doors for good in March 1999.

Idlewild, Black Swans @ Bangor Uni

By |October 10th, 2002|0 Comments

(Idlewild reviewed by The Goth & Black Swans by Neil Crud)

Black Swans, We Start Fires @ Breeding Ground, Rhyl

By |March 23rd, 2002|0 Comments

tbg flyer
(reviewed by Steve Sync)

Fudged, Black Swans, Carpet @ Breeding Ground, Rhyl

By |December 22nd, 2001|0 Comments


Dubbed the Xmas Special we were offered a platter of punk rock to take us toward the celebration of the birth of our lord Jesus Crud. Even the bar management were feeling festive & added bubbles to the lager. So having 4 hours earlier subjected our battered eardrums to a force 10 gale by Pocket Venus in Chester, myself & Fatman braved the bitter weather & trudged up to the Breeding Ground. So cold was the wind that I could tap someone on the shoulder with my nipples from across the road.

Pigstock 2001

By |August 4th, 2001|0 Comments


(review n pix neil crud)
In a town whose community is built entirely around The Pub, the 1st weekend in August must be a licensee’s nightmare. For unless you are the landlord of the Plas Pigot in Denbigh then you may as well call time & head down to Pigstock with the rest of the population.