A Manchester, Inghilterra, nel 1982 dopo l’esplosione del punk con i Buzzcocks e i Fall e l’avvento della dark wave dei Joy Division di “Unknown Pleasures” ci fu un momento di riflessione collettiva, durante il quale la scena musicale sembrò frammentarsi.

C’erano locali alternativi come il Pips o il Roxy’s che offrivano nello spazio della stessa serata una varietà infinita di generi musicali( Disco, Punk, 2-Tone, Rock, New Romantic, Northern Soul, Jazz funk…) riflettendo così la schizofrenia dei gusti dei giovani britannici.

In quel periodo, nel quartiere di Hulme , un giovane Harry Stafford armato solo della sua chitarra elettrica era alla ricerca di personalità affini per formare una band; Hulme era un quartiere grigio di pioggia, uno spazio post-industriale, con case di mattoni scuri e un sottobosco bohèmien popolato di artisti, musicisti, studenti, tossicomani e perdigiorno. Harry riuscì a completare la sua ricerca scovando gli altri componenti della band in questa surreale fauna umana, dando vita agli Inca Babies.

Insoddisfatti della scena musicale che li aveva preceduti, non ebbero altra scelta che inventare un loro sound originale: un punk trash di derivazione americana grezzo e violento, che aveva come riferimenti principali i Cramps, i Gun Club e i Birthday Party. Il successo non tardò ad arrivare grazie al primo singolo The Interior che attirò l’attenzione del guru della BBC radio, John Peel, che offrì loro ben quattro sessions tra il 1984 e il 1987. Al successo radiofonico seguì un lungo tour che li portò a toccare i maggiori paesi europei, contemporaneamente all’uscita di due singoli al primo posto nelle classifiche indipendenti e alla pubblicazione dell’album Rumble.

Gli Incas incisero altri tre album (This Train, Opium Den and Evil Hour) e sei singoli che ottennero un ottimo successo di pubblico e di critica. Davanti a questa popolarità il rischio maggiore per la band era quello di perdere la propria personalità e mentre cantanti e batteristi andavano e venivano, il bassista Bill Marten e il chitarrista Harry Stafford  lottavano per mantenere intatta l’originalità del progetto. L’arrivo dell’acid house e della “Madchester “dei rave segnò un periodo di temporanea inattività del gruppo.

Nel 2006 la Cherry Red Records offrì agli Incas la possibilità di pubblicare un album compilation, Plutonium e l’occasione di riprendere l’attività live. Dopo la tragica scomparsa di Bill Marten nel 2008, a sostituirlo fu chiamato il vecchio amico e bassista Vince Hunt. Death Message Blues, pubblicato nel 2010 è il risultato della prima session in studio della nuova formazione un blues rock sporco, talvolta acustico, con deviazioni hard beat e funk, un disco che potrebbe arrivare dai sixties, bello e spiazzante.

Rob Haynes drums  
Vince Hunt bass     
Harry S. Vocals and guitar

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In Manchester, England Sometime in 1982, after the thrill of punk with the Buzzcocks and The Fall and the dark wave of Joy Division’s brilliant Unknown Pleasures there was a moment of musical reflection where the scene seemed to splinter into tribal gatherings. There were clubs (Pips, Roxy’s) which offered eight different dance floors: Disco, Bowie, Punk, 2-Tone, Rock, New Romantic, Northern Soul, and Jazz funk. Reflecting the divided tastes of Manchester’s youth.

During this time in Manchester’s Hulme district Harry Stafford armed only with a sonic electric guitar was searching for like minded disciples to form a band to save his soul, or he would die trying.
Hulme, was a thunder grey, concrete, deck access ‘streets in the sky’ project, a demi-bohemia over run with artists, musicians, students, addicts and ‘ne’er do wells’. Within this collection of precarious candidates Harry completed his quest and formed the Inca Babies.

Dissatisfied with the schizophrenic scene before them, the Inca Babies had no choice but to come up with their own sound. What resulted was a Raunchy Death Ray twang from a punk-trash, Americana perspective.
Link Wray, The Cramps, The Gun Club and The Birthday Party were their spiritual guidance. But, because the Incas were an obscenely English band impertinently playing out of their continent, people didn’t get it at first.

Only musicologist C.P Lee in his book on the Manchester Music scene detected something out of the ordinary when he called The Incas the ‘Hulme Cramps’. So indeed, did BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel and his producer John Walters. They took one listen to the first single The Interior and offered them a session on the spot.

It was to be the first of four sessions they did for BBC Radio 1, between 1984-87. After this there was a frenzy of bookings for their rowdy live shows. No Cub Scout hut was too small or warehouse too large. Within a year they had been to every borough and city in the land, usually at the sticky carpet end of town, and a fan base had gathered across the UK. With 2 number one slots in the Indie single chart and a Number 2 album, Rumble, the Incas soon began to find an audience abroad. Tours of Mainland Europe included Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria and all of Scandinavia by ferry, were undertaken and were highly successful.

Three further Albums (This Train, Opium Den and Evil Hour) were released including six more singles all experiencing good sales and chart places. During this time while popularity was not a problem keeping personnel was, and while singers and drummers came and went the backbone of the band Bill Marten (bass) and Harry Stafford (guitar, later Vocals) struggled to keep the integrity of the band alive. The end came when there were no more singers and no more drummers. By the late 80s acid clubbers raved through the night and there was no place for the Incas.

And that was that………?

But then…..seventeen years later in 2006, Cherry Red Records offered to put out a compilation Album, Plutonium, and like re discovering the taste for a long, gone delicacy, Bill and Harry listening back to all that material, untouched for so long, and decided that there was surely a show to be performed.

The band reformed in 2007 with Rob Haynes (Gold Blade) the new occupant of the drum kit. Gigs in Manchester and Munich followed and a new album was midway through being written when the band were hit with the shocking news of the suicide of bassist Bill Marten. The band was put on hold while they came to terms with this loss.
It was eventually agreed to keep Bill's legacy alive by continuing with the band and finishing off the album they had started writing.

Their old friend and former A Witness bass player Vince Hunt joined and made his live debut in Warsaw, Poland in late 2008.
A number of shows in Scotland, Milan, London, Los Angeles and Lithuania were very well received and in October 2010 the new album Death Message Blues was released.

With the new album out and gaining good reviews throughout Europe, The Incas have a number of new live shows lined up throughout Europe in 2011, and are working on a new album called Deep Dark Blue.

Rob Haynes drums  
Vince Hunt bass     
Harry S. Vocals and guitar

 

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