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    The Circles are a 1979 Mod Revival band from Wolverhampton. Formed from the ashes of local Punk outfit 'The Injectors' by Mick Walker and Tony Howells they recruited Keith Allen from Neon Hearts on drums and Glenn Tranter on bass. The Circles were born. After a number of successful and sold out local gigs at venues such as The Lafayette the band were spotted and signed to Graduate Records who released the bands first single 'Opening Up/cw Billy' in 1979 which reached number 3 in the Indie charts during which time the band embarked on a national tour to promote the release. This song has stood the test of time and regularly features on Mod compilation albums including the December 2014 Mod Revival Box Set 'Millions Like us' and is covered by bands old and new to this day. Next up for The Circles was a move to the Vertigo label who promptly released the second single 'Angry Voices/cw Summer Nights' in 1980, a football inspired number complete with anthemic chorus and frantic guitar riffs. The B'side Summer Nights summed up all that was great about the Mod Revival period of being young and free. The single was well received and went on to sell over 20,000 copies which based on todays figures would guarantee a good chart place, and it also spawned another tour to promote it which was to spell the beginning of the end for The Circles. The band had gigged extensively and played with some great names including label mates UB40, The Tom Robinson band, 17(who went on to become The Alarm) and many more. It was during the Angry Voices tour that cracks began to appear within the band and by 1981 the band had split. The Circles were no more. In 1985 Graduate released another single called 'Circles/cw demo version of Summer Nights but without a band to promote it the single failed to live up to expectation. Fast forward to 1999 and the 20 year anniversary of the Mod Revival and the Mods Mayday album and there was renewed interest in The Circles. In March 1999 Detour Records released the album 'Private World', a live gig recorded at Norbrek Castle in Blackpool in 1980 and the comeback was on. The call went out for them to perform at the Mods MayDay reunion gig at The Forum in London on May 2nd alongside fellow Revival bands The Chords, Purple Hearts, Squire, Small World, The Killermeters and Rosko. Frontman and song writer Mick Walker assembled his band who now had Roger Hudson formerly from The Injectors on Bass replacing Glenn Tranter. The Circles went down a storm and won a whole new legion of fans who had not been around in 1979. Such interest spurred the band on to get back in the recording studio and in August 2000 'Looking Back' was released by Detour Records containing new material and some reworked old favourites from Private World. Then following a couple more gigs a period of inactivity dawned for the band and The Circles were again dormant but not forgotten. In 2014 Cherry Red Records announced plans to release a Box Set entitled 'Millions Like Us' which would set out to to be the ultimate chronicling of the Mod Revival period and The Circles were to feature with first single 'Opening Up' alongside offerings from their fellow Revival acts. Jacqui Carroll from RTE Radios 'Ready Steady GO!' show invited frontman Mick Walker along for an interview during the Summer of 2014 to talk about The Circles and the 79 Mod Revival ahead of the Millions Like Us release and he spoke at length about the band he has been involved with for over 30 years and it became apparent that even though The Circles were no longer performing he still had the desire to play the songs in a live environment. Jacqui invited Mick to perform solo acoustic at her 'Ready Steady GO!' Live event which was to take place in Micks home town of Dudley in November 2014 which he duly agreed to. 35 years after The Circles first release in 1979 Mick Walker was standing in his home town where it all started playing the song that kick started a love affair with a band that will never end and the crowd lapped it up. Now in 2015 Mick is assembling The Circles who are at full strength again with a full 4 piece band featuring Roger Hudson on bass to perform the songs that have been loved and never forgotten by a generation. The Circles are back. The Circles never went away!
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    To book The Circles for your event email- TheCircles79@gmail.com or call 07806 688472