Eight Rounds Rapid

Profile:
Formed in 2006 and originally performing as Meatfist, Eight Rounds Rapid changed their name in 2012 to secure support slots.

Hailing from Southend and rooted in the infamous Canvey Island R’n’B tradition, Eight Rounds Rapid channel the fervour of Dr Feelgood, Wire, Gang of Four and Public Image Limited with their gritty tales of the Essex underworld.

The band’s debut album gained excellent reviews from the likes of Uncut, who said, “Edgy, drugged-up thug punk. ‘Loss Leader’ is Thames Estuary crude given a vital contemporary twist. Invest now”. Mojo gave the band a 4-star review and Classic Rock summed the band up: “Thrashing the moody cut-and-shut Mk1 Capri of Essex geezer rock like they stole it. A welcome blast of no-frills, bullshit-free excitement that can only be deadly live”.

Eight Rounds Rapid supported Wilko Johnson on two major UK Tours, and have had airplay from Mark Radcliffe, Gary Crowley, Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq. The band’s songs are rooted in trad blues, but impulsive guitar from Simon Johnson (Wilko’s son) and acerbic delivery from singer David Alexander make the act sound like Captain Beefheart, John Cooper Clarke and Mark E Smith fighting in a Southend bus depot. The line-up also features Jules Cooper [bass] and Lee Watkins [drums].

Everett True said, “This is great. Art Brut meets ATV, with a touch of the old Wilkos. With a smattering of all those (rather scary) old ruffians: The Inmates, Nine Below Zero, Dr Feelgood. All that crowd”. But for Eight Rounds Rapid, it’s only ever been about music and storytelling.
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Albums

CADIZCD128 Eight Rounds Rapid - Loss Leader album art Eight Rounds Rapid Loss Leader(CD, Album) The Cadiz Recording Co. CADIZCD128 UK 2014 Sell This Version
CADIZCD151 Eight Rounds Rapid - Objet D'Art album art Eight Rounds Rapid Objet D'Art (Album) Cadiz Music CADIZCD151 UK 2017 Sell This Version
INC 145 INC 146 Eight Rounds Rapid - The Kosmik Orgon Kanister Broadcast album art Eight Rounds Rapid The Kosmik Orgon Kanister Broadcast(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Transcription + 7", Single, D) Incognito Records (4) INC 145 INC 146 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
TR 467, CD 197062 Eight Rounds Rapid - Love Your Work album art Eight Rounds Rapid Love Your Work (Album) Tapete Records TR 467, CD 197062 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
TR467 Eight Rounds Rapid - Love Your Work album art Eight Rounds Rapid Love Your Work(CD, Album) Tapete Records TR467 Germany 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

POD 001 Eight Rounds Rapid - Writeabout album art Eight Rounds Rapid Writeabout (Single) Podrophenia Records POD 001 UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Eight Rounds Rapid - Dostoyevsky album art Eight Rounds Rapid Dostoyevsky(CDr, EP) Not On Label (Eight Rounds Rapid Self-released) none UK 2013 Sell This Version