...determined to breathe new life into an old scene...
...Spirit of 77 - Sound of Now!
Vox & Bass
Born in Geordieland, Raised in the Cotswold Badlands, Tommi D lives in a time-zone all his own. He once had massive commercial success with his previous band The Small Things. We hope he'll have the same effect on Rebel Station! Tommi likes:
Growly Vocals to make him sound like Lemmy
Growly Bass Pedals to make him sound like Lemmy
Growly Beer to... you get the idea
Vox & Guitar
Monkey wasn't born, he was found, somewhere in the East Midlands, where he slung a mean guitar for Leicester Punks First Wave and Northampton garage-rockers The Flamin' Kermits. Monkey particularly lurvs:
Getting that guitar squealin' like a piggie
Stout and Dark Ales, stronger the better
Talkin' Shite that no-one understands
Drums & Backing Vox
When she's not keeping Tommi D and Money on time, Witham works as a highly respected drum tutor for Wytham's Rhythms and LetsPlayDrums in Cheltenham. Witham joined us from Riot Grrrl punks Fight Rosa Fight in January of 2018 and loves:
Smashin' shite out of drums
Teaching kids the dark arts of drumming
Playing badminton to a scarily high standard
Listening to Ska Punk
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Rebel Station was formed in October 2014 in Swindon, by Monkey, Tommi Defiant and Captain Impetuous. Monkey previously played lead guitar for Northampton garage rockers The Flamin' Kermits and Leicester punks First Wave, who (as Catch 22) were part of the first wave of British punk in the late 70s. Tommi had played bass for Oxfordshire pop punkers The Small Things, and Negative Image. Meanwhile the Captain had toured widely in charity fund raising bands.
Soon getting down to business, songs were written and singing lessons hastily arranged for Monkey and Tommi. The result was a power trio with high-energy tunes and imposing stage presence, bursting onto the West Oxfordshire scene in early 2015. Within months, Rebel Station were supporting the likes of Vice Squad and Ricky Warwick at the O2 in Oxford.
Around that time, the band recorded their first mini-album at Drive Studios in Swindon, one-time recording venue for local legends XTC. With tunes like In Defiance and Rainy Day Girl, this propelled the band on to greater things, with shows booked as far apart as Nottingham, Cardiff and London in no time at all.
Fast forward now to late 2017, and Rebel Station recorded an EP, Buzzword Bullshit, at Abatis Studios near Warwick. This was to prove the Captain's last session with the band as he decided to focus on his motorbike racing career.
After many auditions, the band finally found Witham, a professional drum tutor and former member of Riot Grrl act, Fight Rosa Fight. Within one rehearsal, it was clear Rebel Station had now stepped up another gear or two.
In April 2019, the band recorded their first full-length album, Feed The Need, again at Abatis Studios, and engineered by one-time bassplayer for the Damned, Jon Priestley.
Following that, the band made their first appearance at Rebellion punk festival in Blackpool, in August 2019, despite Witham being 8 months pregnant at the time! Baby Tapanga was safely born in early September, and at time of writing, is already learning to play the drums.
While Witham took a much deserved maternity break, Will Squier (of UK's Lowest, Charred Hearts and Kearney's Jig) sat-in and enabled the band to play some great dates in Dublin and London, including the iconic 100 Club.
Now Witham is back on the drum throne and Rebel Station look forward to some great 2020 shows including a follow-up performance at Rebellion in August.