These Leeds-based post-punk doomsters formed in 1982. York-based label/distributor Red Rhino released their hypnotic debut 45, Beating My Head, six months later.
Over the next seven years the Lorries would prove prolific, releasing 13 independent singles/EPs and five independent albums, regularly reserving parking space in the indie Top 20 through to the tail end of the 80s.
Frontman Chris Reed’s cavernous growl and his band’s employment of a malevolent drum machine inevitably spawned comparisons with the proto-goths, yet Red Lorry Yellow Lorry had plenty to offer on their own terms.
Their style broadened in the late 80s, but the line-up began to fragment, leaving vocalist/guitarist Chris Reed as the only original member by 1988, by which time they had been overtaken by indie’s prevailing trends.
Dane (Wolfie) Wolfenden