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'
The entry for 'Chameleon' on 45cat.com - the copy used for the image is the copy we sent to Chris Hawkins at 6Music.
(Probably fished out of his bin and ended up on ebay.....)
We still have a handful of Promo copies left, if you want one just ask...
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.
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.