Formed in May 2005, Gimp Fist have put their own stamp on the British Oi scene, releasing eight albums and eight singles and playing shows with Rancid, Street Dogs, The Business, Evil Conduct and the Cockney Rejects to name just a few.
With intelligent lyrics and catchy tunes, Gimp Fist appeal to Punks and Skins alike.
Band members: Jonny Robson on Guitar and Vocals; Chris Wright on Bass; and Mike Robson on Drums, are passionate about 80’s Oi music and take their influences from groups such as Blitz, The Business, Cockney Rejects and Cock Sparrer as well as The Clash and Rancid.
They also have a love of Reggae and Ska and a number of their songs pay homage to stars such as Prince Buster, Symarip and Desmond Decker.
Based in County Durham, in the North East of England, the band acquired a large following in the North East and the North West of the country before going on to impress audiences up and down Britain with gigs from Glasgow to London.
2007 saw the self release of the cd album “One Tribe”. This set the standard for a new breed of punk rock with memorable anthems such as “War on the streets” and “Just another Country”.
The band have strong ties with Germany since playing their debut gig in continental Europe in Ulm in May 2008 and have visited the country several times a year since then. They have also played a number of shows in Holland and Italy.
In 2008 the band signed a recording contract with Sunny Bastards Records based in Essen, Germany, a contract and friendship that lasts to this day.
In July, 2008 the label released the album “Your time has come” to rave reviews. Stand out tracks included “Working Class” “Whatever Happened”, and the Reggae inspired “More war Stories”.
Also in 2008, the band were asked to play Rebellion Festival in Blackpool at 3 days to replace a cancellation and so impressed the organizers that they have been asked back every year since, as well as being asked to play the Rebellion Xmas Bash in Birmingham in 2012, Rebellion Amsterdam in 2014 and 2018, and Rebellion London in 2018.
In May, 2010 the band released their second album on Sunny Bastards Records, “The Place Where I Belong” in keeping with the economic climate, this was a darker album with poignant lyrics about the state of our country and also difficult issues such as racism, knife and gun crime and peer pressure.
Many people, including the band, believe this was the album that showed Gimp Fist had matured and established their place in the punk scene.
The band have played many high profile shows including Punk and Disorderly in Berlin in 2009, have played the North East Calling Festival every year and also in 2009 were invited on the City Invasion Tour with The Exploited and US Bombs.
Over the years the band played many gigs with The Business, who became firm friends, as well as shows with Cocksparrer, Rancid, UK Subs, GBH, The Dickies, Angelic Upstarts, 7 Seconds, Argy Bargy, The Adicts, Perkele, Stomper 98, Old Firm Casuals, Sham 69, Agnostic Front, The Templars, Booze and Glory, Rude Pride, Last Resort and many, many more.
In 2019, the band played their 12th consecutive Rebellion Blackpool to a massive crowd in the Empress Ballroom and released their 8th album, Blood.