The Cyanide Pills may just be the greatest band in the world…but we could be wrong…
Three full length albums (with a fourth on the way), a live 10″ plus eleven 7″ singles so far (make that twelve by October)!
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, we liked what we heard and in early 2009 their debut single ‘Break It Up’ came out.
“SO who are the Cyanide Pills?
Born a loser
Alcoholic, substance abuser
Hated, loathed with no fixed abode
Jinxed, given a curse
To never be best, always the worst
A peasant who wants to be king
PHIL PRIVILEGE attempts to sing
Bad tempered, aggressive
Never the banquet
Only the crumbs
CHRIS WRIST bangs the drums
Glassy eyes, greasy skin
Constant depression is a state he’s in
A dirty, nasty rat faced critter
Runt of the litter
SY PINKEYE guitar picker
Small time crook
Broken home, bad neighbourhood
The human race hates his pretty face
ALARICK ‘THE TRICK’ plucks the bass
Liar, faker, liberty taker
Sleazy vain, a wannabe stud
A rotten piece of Norwegian wood
A drunken lout with insatiable greed
ALEX ARSON strums the lead
A gang of c***s from a desolate land
Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the band….
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!”
They recruited Al (after original bassist Coz left) in 2010 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’.
Their 19 track debut (now seen as modern day Punk rock classic) soon sold out and was re-pressed in white and yellow vinyl, so if you have a brown one hold onto it!
“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 2013 the band were back in recording again and had two singles singles released in November of that year, one is taken from the second album ‘Still Bored’ called ‘Apathy’, it’s backed with a unreleased track ‘Conspiracy Theory’ and the other was a very ‘Power Pop’ flavoured single called ‘Waiting (For You To Call Me)’ c/w ‘Hooked On You’.
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.
Lots of live dates followed in 2015 & 2016 and a single ‘Government’ and then the band eventually returned to the studio to record their third studio album, which became the wonderful, Sliced And Diced, which came out in March 2017.
Their latest release is a 7″ of ‘Big Mistake’ from the new album plus the exclusive b-side ‘My Baby’s Become A Right Wing Extremist’
2017 finished on a high for the band with Sliced And Diced voted in at number six in Vive Le Rock‘s end of year album poll! They’re not wrong!
The band’s most recent single came out in February 2022 – ‘The Kids Can’t Be Trusted With Rock ‘n’ Roll’ c/w Do You Wanna Know’ was released as a limited edition black vinyl 7″ (500 copies only!) The title track is a taster for a new album Soundtrack To The New Cold War which is set for release in October 2023, closely followed by another 7″ (‘Hope You’re Having Fun’).
The band will be playing some UK dates in the winter to promote the album and will also be playing select shows in the USA for the first time!