1919 in 2015
|Genres||Gothic Rock, Post-punk|
|Years active||1980–1984, 2014–present|
|Labels||Westworld Recordings, Red Rhino, Abstract, Cherry Red, Cry Wolf|
|Associated acts||The Hive, Psykik volts, Ship of Fools, Another Cinema|
The band was formed in late 1980 by Guitarist Mark Tighe and Vocalist Ian Tilleard. After starting life as Heaven Seventeen, and with early line-ups including a pre-Zodiac Mindwarp Mark Manning, the band eventually settled as 1919 (after a book belonging to Tighe) with Nick Hiles on Bass and Mick Reed on Drums. Their intention was, according to Reed, "to create a heavy melodic intense dance band with no frills and no intentions".
In 1982, 1919 released a 7" white label promo of Repulsion//Tear Down These Walls, and were subsequently invited to record their first session with John Peel in May that year. 1982 would see the single re-released on Red Rhino Records, as well as the single Caged//After The Fall and the LP Machine.
In 1983, Bassist Hiles was replaced by Steve Madden, and the band recorded their second and final Peel session on 4 May. Madden featured on the final recordings of this era, a 7" and 12" version of Cry Wolf//Storm and Cry Wolf//Dream//Storm respectively, which were released on Abstract Records along with the 12" Earth Song EP, released in 1984 after the band's dissolution.
The Hive / Another Cinema (1984–85)
By the release of Earth Song in 1984, the band had split into two splinter projects, with Reed continuing as 1919 AD before reuniting with Drake to form The Hive. The others became Another Cinema, with the line-up of Tighe, Tilleard, Madden, and Stefan Khacheturian on drums. Another Cinema were once again taken under the wing of Red Rhino founder Tony Kostrzewa, this time releasing their singles I Had a Bad Dream Last Night (1984), Hallucination Spires (1984), and Midnight Blue Oceans under the Altered States banner. The Hive released a cassette album, Stream of Consciousness, on Sicky Spread Tapes, and the 12" EP, Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall, on Hum Music. Both bands had disbanded by 1986.
Comeback / The Madness Continues (2014–2016)
Thanks largely to the emergence of streaming sites, the early work of the band continued to generate interest among fans. In 2014, Tighe started working on new material with bass player and vocalist Rio Goldhammer. Their self-released download of Revenge, and accompanying video, (by Chalkman Video, http://www.chalkmanvideo.com also see "Death Note & Bloodline videos), came as a surprise to most fans but was received well. Mick Mercer again rated the track highly, and the band signed almost immediately with Deadfall Management.
The band performed their first show, headlining Leipzig's Gothic Pogo Festival on Friday 22 May, and began to announce further dates across Europe. On 30 August 2015 it was announced that Reed had returned to the band as their permanent drummer and that, with the addition of Karl Donner on bass, 1919 would once again be a 4-piece, with Goldhammer remaining on vocals. Shortly afterwards, the band released a live session on CD, titled 2015: "The Madness Continues" Sessions, containing songs from their early years alongside four new tracks, which would become the self-released Death Note EP.
Bloodline LP and death of Tighe (2017–present)
In July 2016, 1919 released a promo video for Bloodline, which was to be the title track for their second studio album. The band had signed a deal with Westworld Recordings to release the album but, with a release date not yet set, ventured once again into Europe to promote the single. After the first leg of the tour, the band were forced to cancel most of the remaining shows as Tighe had been diagnosed with cancer on his return home. The band played a final show at Brighton Racecourse's Undercover Festival, with Mark's dramatic weight loss making it impossible to travel for extended periods. This would prove to be his final performance.
On 28 January 2017, 1919 announced the tragic news of the passing of their iconic guitarist, aged 56, after his short battle with the cancer. The coming days saw tributes pour in from around the world as the news broke throughout the music press, led by John Robb at Louder Than War, and the band published an obituary in four languages on their homepage. With Tighe insistent the band continue indefinitely in his absence, an album-release show was still scheduled for the following week in Leeds. At the last minute, and after careful deliberation despite the insistence from Tighe in his final days, the remaining band decided to press ahead with a memorial performance, with money collected for Marie Curie in Tighe's honour.
Bloodline was released on 3 March and was received well by critics, with Vive le Rock's Pete Woods writing "Good goths come to those that wait" in an 8/10 review. In April the band confirmed that Sam Evans would be their new full-time guitarist, and began touring the new album once again to good reviews. As of October, the band played the last of 19 dates across Europe in Leeds.
- Machine LP (1983)
- Bloodline LP (2017)
Singles and EPs
- "Repulsion" 7" (1982)
- "Caged" 7" (1982)
- "Cry Wolf" 7", 12" (1983)
- Earth Song EP (1984)
- Death Note EP (2016)
- D.N.A EP, Cass (2017)
- State of Affairs – Various (1984)
- British Airwaves – Various (1988)
- Gothic Rock 3: Black on Black – Various (1998)
- Gothic Rock: The Ultimate Collection – Various (2001)
- The Complete Collection – 1919 (2001)
- Dark Awakening Vol. 2 – Various (2002)
- The Goth Anthology: Underground Anthems from Rock's Dark Side – Various (2006)
- A Kiss in the Reptile House – (Russia), Various (2006)
- Post Punk: Original Anthems From the 70's and 80's Post-Punk Scene – Various (2009)
- Black Planet presented with The Cure & The Story of the Alternative 80s – Various (2012)
- Silhouettes & Statues: A Gothic Revolution – Various (2017)
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