We regret to announce that Sham 69 will not be able to make their upcoming trip to the United States as singer Jimmy Pursey has been hit with some sad news about his father. He wanted us to release this statement and sends his deepest regrets to his fans and everyone involved who had helped to make this upcoming tour possible.
"In March my father was diagnosed with asbestosis lung cancer . Since then the situation for my family has got worse and my fathers prognosis is not good as it has just become apparent that he has the most aggressive form. We have just been told that he now only has weeks to live and indeed his condition is already deteriorating. My family has only recently lost my mother so this makes it very difficult for me not to be here for my father and family. You will have to forgive me but I have to tell you now so you can at least have time to inform all fans. I am so sorry for this situation."
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Riding the fine line between skatepunk and sodden metal, Murphy's Law came out of New York City's mid-'80s hardcore scene and formed in Astoria, Queens, around vocalist Jimmy Gestapo, but the group's frequently shifting lineup also included guitarists Todd Youth, Alex Morris, and Jack Flanagan; bassists Pete Martinez, Chuck Valle, and Dean; and drummers Doug E. Beans and Eric Arce. The group's self-titled debut, released on Profile in 1986, contained the usual '80s subjects (boredom, alienation, weed, beer, etc.), but the songs were definitely there, and Murphy's Law improved even more with their second album, 1989's Back with a Bong! The band was on the Profile-associated Combat Records for 1991's The Best of Times, but recorded little during the early '90s. In 1995, Murphy's Law came back with the EP Good for Now, and the full-length Dedicated arrived the following year. Best of Times/Good for Now was issued in 2000; The Party's Over came next in the spring of 2001.
If a punk fan heard the Templars without knowing anything about their background, it would be perfectly logical for he/she to assume that they were from England. Comparable to Cock Sparrer and Reducers SF, the Templars favor an extremely British punk sound and are obviously great admirers of England's oi bands and pub rockers. But the Templars, who enjoy a relatively small yet enthusiastic following, are not based in London, Manchester, Sheffield or Liverpool--the band is actually based in New York. The Templars show no awareness of ‘90s/2000s emocore bands like blink-182, Fenix TX, the Sloppy Meat Eaters and Green Day; their approach to punk is strictly old school, and their stomping yet melodic work is a throwback to pioneering U.K. punk bands like the Clash, Sham 69, the Sex Pistols, the Damned and the Buzzcocks. However, the Templars had been together seven years before they finally performed in Europe, and they had been together ten years when they played their first British gig--which is ironic when one considers how British they sound.
The Templars were formed in 1990, when singer/guitarist Carl Fritscher got together with drummer Phil Rigaud; bassist Perry Hardy didn't join until 1994. At first, Fritscher and Rigaud jammed together as a duo; it wasn't until 1992 that they added their first bassist (one of Hardy's predecessors), became a trio and started playing live gigs. That year, the Templars recorded a cassette titled Pure Brickwall Oi!, and they soon gained a reputation for being a very British-sounding American band. In 1993, the Templars caught the attention of Sonic Aggression (a small label based in New England) and recorded a rare EP titled The Poor Knights of Acre; only about 600 copies were pressed, and the EP went out of print when Sonic Aggression folded. After that, the Templars went on to record for a variety of small independent labels, including TKO, New Blood, Dim and Vulture Rock. In 1999, the Templars recorded The Horns of Hattin (a full-length album), for the Atlanta-based GMM Records, which has also released a Templars retrospective titled Reconquista: 1994-1998