In Memorium

"Without doubt the hottest property in punk rock" - Louder Than War
"A colossal assault on the senses" - Vive le Rock

Heavy Drapes were a band that stood against the conformity, the conservatism, the uniformity and the lack of ambition of many of their contemporaries.

Garry

De Liberate, also known as the "Leith Lip" on vocals.

Richie

Rikki Stiv, the face pulling guitarist.

Billy

Billy Chaos, the real life Animal on drums.

Jerry

Jerry Dangerous, the quiet one on bass.

Visuals

Captured at their best.

New Cross inn

25/03/17

Rebellion

04/08/17

T-Chances

19/02/16

New Cross inn

25/03/17

T-Chances

19/02/16

T-Chances

19/02/16

"Into The Blue" video                    "Should I Suck Or Should I Blow video"



Heavy Drapes were part of a lineage of great rock n roll bands who took the fury and majesty of the Sex Pistols and incorporated it into their sound. The Godfathers, The Manic Street Preachers, there is also a strong Detroit (MC5 / Stooges) and New York (Dolls) feel and dynamics going on which was never a cynical ploy to target-the-American-market, but because those were the bands the Drapes collectively love.

A key element was the Steve Jones/Chuck Berry guitar sound and the big, roared chorus and the fact that despite whatever label: punk, rock n roll or glam they had mass appeal and popularity. While many UK punk bands have sunk into a mire of cliched, pseudo-political lyrics and music to match, Heavy Drapes stood out due to the quality of their songs and the sheer exuberance with which they were performed.

Word of Mouth

Talking up their two records and life on stage. Audio/visual links via pics.

Should I Suck or Should I Blow

EP Suck-Revolution / Tarbeach 2016

"While many UK punk bands have sunk into a mire of cliched, pseudo-political lyrics and music to match, Heavy Drapes stand out due to the quality of their songs and the sheer exuberance with which they are performed."

Crashing Like Stars

LP Cadiz 2018

"Heavy Drapes were the brightest burning meteorites in the UK punk scene and took a very simple formula and gave it a towering, enigmatic makeover. Make some trouble, make a noise, play it loud. Muchos Respectos."

All the world's a stage

A band in demand

From the ashes of Baby's Got A Gun to imploding on stage and reforming in 2015, Heavy Drapes went from playing to four men and a dog to the main stage of Rebellion in 3 years, captivating audiences everywhere. "We're fucking punk rock!"

The Last Word

"Vive Le Drapes. A great band who achieved a lot in a short-time, the band and Garrys family should be very proud."