| In 1978 (summer of) Neil
Darlington(bass), Andrew Chambers (drums), and Paul Greenwood
(guitar) inspired by the punk/new wave music of the time decided
that despite their total inability to play any instruments they
would start a band. Originally called NOISE (named by their parents/neighbours),
the name changed to NOISE+ when additional band members joined,
Stephanie Smith (guitar), Bill Sykes (co-vocals) with Paul going
onto lead vox. Bill had been co-vocalist in The RHYTHM, a NEW MILLS
band whose members went on to form BLITZ.
CHANEY (Drums), PAOLO and PAUL
|The first gig was November '78 at DISLEY METHODIST
CHURCH (where Chaney's dad was caretaker), supported only by pre-recorded
tapes in front of a large audience including personnel that would
later be part of such bands as BLITZ, ATTAK and The VIOLATORS. The
gig was truly awful highlighting the bands total incompetence, although
the spirit was undeniably there. Bill Sykes left to start his own
project MINISTERS OF THE GROOVE although their paths were to cross
many times over the next 8 years. Stephanie Smith left the band
to concentrate on her job.
|NOISE rehearsed twice a week recruiting Italian hairdresser
Paolo Sportelli on guitar and several gigs were played at Disley
Methodist the Community Centre. The band finally came to a halt
in 1981 when Paolo left to join STOCKPORT pop band ANOTHER SHORT
VISIT. Andrew Chambers joined New Mills based band VOID, with Chris
Rodgers (Guitar) & Tony Smith (Bass). Neil Darlington quit the game
but continued to give support to his mates' various projects
BILL SYKES-Joint Vocals
|After NOISE Paul joined up with fellow
nurse Anne Marie Oakes from New Mills. Borrowing Neil D's bass,
the duo recruited Gail Heathcote from MARPLE on vocals and for six
weeks there was a rather heavy dub sounding band called 'PRIMAL'
rehearsing alongside the local punk bands. This fizzled out and things
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