Psychobilly band Guana Batz are heading back to Sussex

Posted On 01 May 2019 at 9:42 am

The Guana Batz

After the success of their Sussex gig last Spring the famed psychobilly rockers Guana Batz have announced a return date. They will once again be appearing at the ever popular Con Club in Lewes and the date for your diaries is Saturday 2nd November 2019.

The Guana Batz are an English psychobilly band that was formed in 1982 in Feltham, West London. It was one of the first psychobilly bands and is considered influential to its scene.The band is most well known for its frequent appearances at the Klub Foot, an early psychobilly club.

The Guana Batz debut self titled EP (left) and ‘The Cave’ single (right)

Their first release was their self titled EP in 1983, which featured ‘You’re So Fine’, ‘Rockin’ In My Coffin’, ‘Jungle Rumble’ and ‘Guana Rock’. The following year they were back with their ‘The Cave’ single which was backed with ‘Werewolf Blues’.

The original group members were Pip Hancox (vocals), Stuart Osborne (guitar), Dave “Diddle” Turner (drums) and Mick Wigfall (upright bass). Wigfall was removed by Osborne early on, who preferred a bass guitar player for the band. Mick White soon joined the band as bass guitarist. However, by 1984, the Guana Batz decided to again feature an upright bassist, and replaced White with Sam Sardi.

The Guana Batz

Turner quit the band in May 1987, the hectic touring schedule having grown too much for him, and opted to devote his time to his girlfriend and his construction job. He was replaced by former Get Smart drummer, Johnny Bowler. When Sardi left the band, Bowler switched to upright bass, and John Buck joined the band on drums. Mark Pennington of the Caravans played upright bass for the band after Sam Sardi left and prior to Johnny Bowler switching to bass.

Hancox’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pig Dog, was humorously referred to as the band’s “fifth member.” After sadly being hit by a car, he was replaced by Hancox’s new dog, Muttley, who would be featured on four Guana Batz album covers. Although Muttley has died, he reportedly lived to an old age.

The band broke up in 1990, but reunited in 1996. They are still touring today. Osborne, also plays with The Unknowns, and Buck still live in London. Hancox and Bowler have relocated to San Diego, California. They have occasionally performed in the southern California area with ex-Stray Cats members under the moniker the Guana Cats. In 2001, Turner sadly died from a stroke.

The band continues to headline major festivals around the world, and have more recently built their US following, with their Stateside line-up featuring Gino Meregillano on guitar and Jared Hren on drums.

The Guana Batz latest album ‘Back To The Jungle’

The band released their latest album ‘Back To The Jungle’ last year and the current UK and Europe lineup is Pip Hancox (vocals), Stuart Osborne (guitar), Paul ‘Choppy’ Lambourne (bass) and Jonny Bowler (drums).

Tickets for the Guana Batz Lewes concert will shortly be available from WeGotTickets.com, SeeTickets.com, Gigantic.com and Union Music Lewes, so keep your eyes peeled.

Further information on the Guana Batz is available HERE.

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The Guana Batz 2019 gig flyer

The 2018 flyer for the Guana Batz Lewes gig

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