Cloudburst (1981-83)

Cloudburst Live Live in Darwen, 1982 Cloudburst Live
Storm cover Storm in a Teacup (1983)

Reassembled at Stephen's wedding in 2001 Reunion '01 (L-R): Craig, Gordon, Stephen, Keith & Howard

Gordon Farquhar, Keith Nuttall, Stephen Farrell and Howard McMinn were school friends in Darwen, Lancashire. They were all interested in music, so it was only a matter of time before they decided to form a band.

They rehearsed in the school's music room, and eventually recruited local drummer Declan Donnegan. They took the name Cloudburst in 1982, shortly before their first gig.

Cloudburst performed at a series of talent-shows in 1982. They were remarkably well-received, and they discovered what it was like to be screamed at by teenage girls.

Keith had been experimenting with electronics and tape recorders. Gordon had been writing lyrics and tunes. In a series of sessions, they composed and recorded original songs under the working title The Cloudburst Tapes.

Live, Declan was replaced by Peter Meleady (regular sound-man Craig Jepson also standing in), and they gained a reputation locally, from their concerts and merchandise. They gradually introduced their own material into the set, to a mixture of disbelief and stunned stares.

Cloudburst reduced to a three-piece band (Keith, Gordon and Stephen), which performed a series of gigs at the end of 1982, using backing tape and a drum machine.

In early 1983, their original material was re-recorded and released as the album Storm in a Teacup. Another compilation of demos, The Distortion Factor, was completed later that year.

Although they never gigged again as Cloudburst, they briefly regrouped in summer 1983 as Albino Dinnerjacket before leaving town for college.



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