Asbestos Popcorn was formed by school mates Glen Eagle (guitar) and Steven Joshua (vocals) in Pensby back in 1993. After various members had come and gone, fellow school friends Richard Atherton (bass) and Simon Cooke (drums) were recruited late '94 and the band started performing regularly at The Jam in West Kirby Youth Club and The Full Moon Club in Birkenhead Park.
Rehearsing every Saturday morning at Pensby High School, a catalogue of original tracks was built up and the band started looking for better gigs, and in 1995 played The Lomax in Liverpool, amongst other venues, and built up a small fan base, but in July '96 Simon left the band and Tim Onion was recruited, his initiation being a first gig a few days later at Telford's Warehouse in Chester. A demo was recorded on 29/30 December '96 and further gigs followed including another performance at the Lomax in '97, but in early '98 the band were forced to separate because of uni/work commitments.
But then in September 2007 the original line-up of the band decided to get together for a jam and Asbestos Popcorn was reborn. Playing the old favourites as well as some new material they landed a gig at Bar One in Hoylake. Unfortunately soon after this gig, Simon had to leave the band (again) and friend Ray Speedway came in on drums.
The band rehearsed some more and, writing new material every practice, started playing regularly at Zanzibar in Liverpool. More gigs followed at Korova, Bad Format and Head of Steam in Liverpool, Revolver in Birkenhead, the Oxjam Music Festival in Hoylake and Fort Perch Rocks Music Festival in New Brighton.
Unfortunately unforeseen circumstances meant Ray couldn't play for the band any longer so in 2014 Rich switched to the drums and new bass player and Popcorn super-fan Stu Morris was brought in for one gig initially, but he enjoyed it so much he's now a permanent fixture.
Having purchased an 8-track digital recording device, the band have now taken it to the next level and are going through their extensive back catalogue, re-recording tracks and releasing new albums which are a mixture of new and old material.
Asbestos Popcorn play something that might be described as sludge punk pop, or steg rock as they label themselves.
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