A brief biography.
1980-1983 - Our first incarnation.
Rob Rix Gary Blatch (& Miq Rybak)
Rob had a Portastudio in his bedroom and that was where we recorded a couple of dozen tracks over 2 or 3 years after the Exploding Hamsters split up.
There was one "real" studio recording, in 1982 which ended up on a Compilation album 'Best of the Rest Volume 1' on Indigo Blue records in 1983.
Building a Sea Wall of Sound
The internet provided us with the opportunity to record together for the first time since we both had hair. Armed with laptops, DAWs and Garageband on or ipads, we got back into the groove by re-recording one of those early demos, 'A Book'.
'A Book' became the first track from the Sea Cadets in 30 years to be played on National Radio - on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape on 10/03/2014.
(Radio play would become harder to get, the next track with airtime was 'Leave my Billy alone', which was played by Tom Robinson on his BBC Introducing Mixtape show three years later ! (on October 9th 2017)
(We're last on - Tom says the track is bizarre - but that he "keeps coming back to it". Attaboy Tom...
Its too late (Im here Donny Don) was played on BBC Norfolk Introducing on January 27th 2018.
Chameleon / Lessons are Learned - Rural Tension Records ARTS2
Again, 'Chameleon' was one of or earlier demos, rerecorded how we'd like to have done it originally.
Also featured on 'Sail Again'
Sail again was released on Rural Tension records in 2014.
This was a 50/50 mixture of early demos and newly recorded tracks.
Long sold out of its only pressing, it has recently been re-released, click here to buy a copy.
The Bandcamp player below will let you stream/purchase the album.
Hamsters are playing / Lost In Time
These tracks were released on streaming services but we like actual records so made a few for ourselves....
'Here Come the Sea Cadets' was released on Rural Tension records in 2019.
We were well into our stride by now and more of the tracks on this album were our own. BBC Introducing Norfolk played a few of the tracks.
The entire album can be streamed or downloaded by clicking on the Bandcamp player below.
'Live at the Apollo' was released November 2020.
The entire album can be streamed or downloaded on Bandcamp by clicking the player below.
'We are the Sea Cadets' was released in February 2022 on Bandcamp and to be released later in an expanded edition on CD.