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The Special Guests Mod Band
'The Special Guests’ were formed by drummer / guitarist Simon Holland.
With the additional talent of vocalist Enzo Esposito, originally the bass player and vocalist of seminal Mod band Squire and lead vocalist & guitarist of the 5:16s respectively, the nucleus of The Special Guests was born.
The 5:16s famously gained the enviable position of being given the support slot at the now legendary 'Wake up Woking' charity concert headlined by the 'Modfather' himself Paul Weller and his band.
Squire famously supported The Jam back in the day on the 'All Mod Cons Tour' and also scored a few hits themselves; 'Walking Down the Kings Road', 'My Mind goes round in Circles', 'Its a Mod Mod World' and 'Does Stephanie Know'.
Bass player Mark Sheepwash, with a wealth of experience in numerous other Mod, Blues and Soul bands proved to be the missing link to the rhythm section with Simon Holland on drums.
Enlisting lead, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Chris Pilott of many similar mod and soul bands including band 'High Vibe'' and with the same desire to play mod and soul influenced music,the now classic line up was ready to hit the live music scene with gusto.
Last but definitely not least they enlisted the Hammond playing excellence of ex 5:16s Keyboard and Saxophonist Andy James which completed the line up.
With the expert guidance and day to day from manager / promoter Vic Falsetta, the band set out to blend all the sounds of the original 60's mod era by the likes of The Small Faces / The Action / Spencer Davis / The Who etc and intertwined with the
late 70's mod revival era by the likes of Squire / The Jam etc and an ever growing set of original material.
The bands first recording was a previously unreleased Jam demo, 'Left, Right & Centre' which went out on limited edition vinyl in aid of the Woking Hospice. The track was written by Paul Weller when he was 15 and released as a double A Side with Steve Brookes performing 'Feels So Good', also written when he was 15. The single was launched at a gig in London's 100 Club in February 2015.
In late 2017 Paul Wincer from The Lambrettas joined the band on drums. Now with a totally original sound the band feel they bring something a bit different to the burgeoning live Mod scene with a tight punchy live sound and the skilled musicians to match.
BORN OUT OF PASSION…From the British Invasion to Britpop, the band’s credentials hark
from Mod Revival, originals 90’s Indie Scene to sweaty Northern Soul Clubs.
Instantly recognisable tunes from the best of British bands: TheWho, The Jam, The Kinks, The SmallFaces, Paul Weller, Blur & Oasis as well as soul classics.
This blend of power pop has seen the band in demand to perform at anniversary gigs at original Mod enclaves, including Brighton Pier and numerous London venues where these heros once stood; as well as outdoor festivals, scooter rallies and private functions.
Live music played with urgency on instruments from the period, with a DJ set they endeavour to recreate the energy and intimacy of the early sixties club scene.
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