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Bandname: Foreign Legion
Located: Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (Great Britain)
Line-up: Marcus (vocals), Steve (bass), Simon (guitar), Sid (drums).
Genre: Oi! / punk
Biography (december 2013):
Foreign Legion from Wales was founded in 1984 out of the ashes of Dead On Arrival (est. 1983). Despite various line-up changes the band always kept an own sound and style. Although coming from an Oi! background the band always used lots of punkrock influences which resulted in a style which will appeal to fans of bands like the Angelic Upstarts, Menace and of course The Clash.
During the band’s thirty years of existence they released four full-lengths including the album What Goes Around Comes Around which was produced by Mick Jones from The Clash. Furthermore the band released a split album with their friends from Major Accident and numerous (split) EP’s. Also the band releases several demo tapes and contributed to lots of compilation albums.
So far the band played in 15 differant countries and they are the only Welsh band who played at the now closed down CBGB’s in New York.
Despite this track record slowing down was never an option for the boys. In recent years the band shared stage with the Cockney Rejects, Guitar Gangsters, Control, The Warriors, GBH, The Ruts, Stiff Little Fingers and much more. Also the band performed at festivals such as Back On The Streets, Punk & Disorderly (both 2013) and next summer the band will again perform at the Rebellion Festival.
Their latest album – Light At The End Of The Tunnel – is a co-release by Rebel Sound (USA) and Aggro Beat (Europe). To promote the new album the band will play throughout mainland Europe in spring 2014.