Newport has a rich history of music with so many awesome bands coming out of the city. But who ranks among the the best?
Local music historian, and director of upcoming TJ’s documentary The Rock of Newport, Nathan Jennings, sets the record straight. Here are his top 5 bands (in no particular order) to come out of the ‘Port:
1. GLC (Goldie Lookin Chain)
“Not to be confused or mistaken with the GLC music festivals of mid-80s.
“Not your atypical 4 piece band. The Goldie Lookin Chain continue to deliver for over 15 years, something so typically honest, socially cultural, comically fun and something that be best described as ‘Safe as f***’ about Newport. And proud of it.”
Key Track - Guns Don‘t Kill People
2. Skindred (& Dub War)*
“Benji Webbe is the frontman & larger than life character of rasta-metal outfit Skindred. A band which has elevated itself since the late 90s to international popularity and regularly thrilling audiences all around the world, notably with the ‘Newport Helicopter’.”
*a great mention has to be given to recently reformed Dub War from early 90s also!
Key track - Kill the Power
3. 60 ft Dolls
“The band that you could say put all eyes on Newport during the early/mid-90s. The
“Rock/britpop/indie trio had mass pop appeal, gained them extensive worldwide tours, major signings and top hits during their career.
“As well as once sharing a Transporter Bridge journey with DJ John Peel, Richard Parfitt who fronted the Dolls, can be best be associated with ‘The New Seattle’ period of Newport music.”
*Worth mentioning along with many notable others including The Darling Buds, Novocaine, Give Me Memphis and Five Darren’s just to name a few.
Key Track - Happy Shopper
4. Save Your Breath
“Some may say that I am biased in mentioning this Newport band (as the members comprise of my close friends).
“The now defunct pop-punk band, Save Your Breath for me gave an edge and energy to the genre of pop-punk. With roots distilled in Hardcore Punk, this band had some great singalongs and had a really great 10 years of fun enjoyed by all!”
Key track: Stay Young
5. Cowboy Killers
“Once described as the ‘Welsh Dead Kennedy’s’ defending frontman Beddis’ mad but melodic vocals.
“This band in their hayday tore up the UK punk scene through the late 80s/90s.
“As the regular support band of every touring punk band that came through the doors of TJs in the 90s, you’d be silly not to have witnessed the intensity and in-your-face sound of these guys!”
Key Track: Jesus Entering
Nathan is in the process of completing the Rock of Newport Documentary. If you have an amazing Tj's story to be told or just want to find out more about this amazing project, you can contact him on the details below: