Speedy make long-awaited return

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Speedy were big radio 1 favourites in the ’90s and after a 17-year hiatus, the Sheffield group are back.

But not for long – this is a special two-show come-back to support a one-off release.

Speedy had a big following in their heyday. Fans would follow them across the country and one devotee even had a Speedy tattoo.

But like so many rapidly-ascending bands in the 1990s and 2000s, the band were dropped thanks to the appointment of number-crunching label bosses.

But this month, the band have finally been invited to release their album, one that remained trapped in demo tapes until now.

And it’s all thanks to The Lost Music Club, an organisation that seeks to revive obsolete and unrecorded material by bygone artists, bringing these artists to a wider audience through digital downloads and hard releases.

The Lost Music Club is the brainchild of Jack Clothier, the man behind the award-winning Alcopop! Records. And Speedy was its first port of call, as drummer Bronwen Stone explains.

“It’s so exciting because this is a first for Speedy and a first for The Lost Music Club and they’ve been brilliant.”

The Lost Music Club has backed the long-awaited release of Speedy’s News from Nowhere and the band will be performing two special shows to promote it.

“This is a two-off,” says Bronwen. “We are doing a show in Sheffield and a show in London.”

But getting together to rehearse for the album wasn’t easy.

“After we were dropped by the label we all went our separate ways and most of us followed careers that had nothing to do with music – I became an antiques dealer and the frontman became an architect, for example.”

So gathering a dispersed Speedy to rehearse wasn’t easy.

“We’re not all in Sheffield any more and apart from the odd occasion we haven’t seen each other properly since 1997. So it was really nice to see everyone again, though we did tiptoe around each other at first before it became very relaxed. It’s strange not seeing people for so long when you used to spend everyday together on tour or rehearsing.”

In the ’90s Speedy were contemporaries of Pulp and the Longpigs. “We were writing that kitchen sink-style pop at the same time as Pulp,” says Bronwene. “And I still think it’s great music, listening to it gave me a real tingle.”

Speedy perform a very special show at the Leadmill this Friday (April 4) though tickets are almost sold out.

Their album, News from Nowhere, is available at www.thelostmusicclub.com