OUT NOW ON COLOUR 10″ LP & DIGITAL
The Cyanide Pills may just be the greatest band in the world…but we could be wrong…
Two full length albums and a live 10″ plus seven 7″ singles so far and a new album planned for 2015.
This all started after receiving their demo which was the best demo we’ve heard in years. Think of The Boys, Buzzcocks, The Briefs and you won’t be far wrong.
THE CYANIDE PILLS started life after a few mates, who’d been in bands around the Leeds area decided to pool their resources and form the band they all really wanted to be in, this was mid 2008.
They contacted Carl ‘Razorblade’ Rosamond and went into The Billiard Room studios in Leeds and a few months later demos were sent out to a few labels, including Damaged Goods Records in London, who liked what they heard and in early 2009 their debut single ‘Break It Up’ came out.
This was the original bio that came from the band….
“SO who cares about Cyanide Pills?
Who cares about lead singer, Phil?
A recovering alcoholic and substance abuser (we use the word ‘recovering’ in a very loose way). He seems to annoy everyone he meets.
People think he’s a complete c*nt. He says he’s misunderstood, but he’s not, they’re spot-on. He’s had no musical training and I really think that shows
Who cares about the drummer, Chris?
He works in a shop all day long, bored out of his mind, selling fags and porno magazines to van drivers and Alco pops to under-aged kids with ASBO’s. He plays drums like Keith Moon’s special brother.
Who cares about rhythm guitarist, Sy?
He works as a mechanic (ever see the video to The Vapors Waiting for the Weekend? well it’s like that day in day out). He’s the one with the greasy face. He can’t play guitar solos as he crushed his hand at work putting my car through its M.O.T. (It failed).
Who cares about bass player, Coz?
Who’s always heavily medicated due to violent outbursts? Who seems to have channelled her rage into learning how to play the bass and looking after the band finances (which literally runs into tens of pounds!). She plays bass like a machine, ie. with no feeling what so ever.
Who cares about lead guitarist, Alex?
Who’s Norwegian and communicates to the others with a series of shrugs and grunts? For some reason people think he’s attractive (which pisses the others off). I had the impression he lives in a cave. He plays guitar like a drunken virtuoso.
To sum it up they are a bunch of dysfunctional misfits, outsiders, people with ‘baggage’ and untrustworthy losers. But they make a great sound, so forget this biog crap and go listen to them. It’s the only thing they do well!”
Both the first two singles are now long deleted and already very collectable.
They recruited Al and got to work finishing off recording their eponymous debut album, which was released in July 2010 alongside their third single, the first to feature Al on bass ‘Conquer The World’.
“fresh helpings of pop-flavoured (Buzzcocks not Blink) ditties that’ll lodge themselves in your front lobe and prove difficult to budge…Superbly refreshing” – Rock Sound Aug ’10
“A spike-domed, pogo-pop sugar rush” – Big Cheese
After a lot of local gigs plus a few select dates in London and around the UK they headed over to Europe for their first proper tour, playing a few dates with label mates ‘The Cute Lepers’ as well.
After another couple of European tours they headed into The Billiard Room again and started recording their second album. ‘Up Against The Wall’ came out as a single in December 2011 and this was followed by a German 7” with another track that later appeared on the second album called ‘Johnny Thunders lived in Leeds’.
To tie in with the Cyanide Pills first appearance at the ‘Rebellion Festival’, which is held every year in Blackpool, UK another 7” came out, called ‘Where Did It Go?’ backed with the original version of ‘Lock Me Up’.
2013 saw another UK & European tour and the April release of their second album ‘Still Bored’, another 17 tracks of kick-ass, Punk Rock, New Wave, Power Pop goodies.
The album received great reviews all over the world like…
”Cyanide Pills kick out a spirited Brit-punk rave-up like nobody’s business” - Vive Le Rock
At the end of last year the band were back in recording again and had two singles singles released in November 2013, one is taken from ‘Still Bored’ called ‘Apathy’, it’s backed with a unreleased track ‘Conspiracy Theory’ and the other was a very ‘Power Pop’ single called ‘Waiting (For You To Call Me)’ c/w ‘Hooked On You’. Both only available on that 7″)
2014 started with more European dates plus a lovely live 10″ LP called ‘Live N’ Nasty In Frankfurt’ that was recorded on their 2013 German tour.
More live dates are scheduled for November 2014 and then it’s back to the studio for a third album due in spring 2015.