The Outcasts were a punk rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Formed in 1977, they quickly became one of the most important bands in the Irish punk scene, along with bands like Stiff Little Fingers and The Undertones.
The Outcasts' music was characterized by its energetic, raw sound, and socially and politically conscious lyrics. Their early releases, including their debut EP "Self Conscious Over You" and their first full-length album "Self Defense", showcased their aggressive sound and political message, which was often critical of the political climate in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
The band's lineup consisted of Colin Cowan on vocals, Martin Cowan on guitar, Greg Cowan on bass, and Colin "Getty" Getgood on drums. The Cowan brothers were originally from Belfast, while Getgood was from London. The band's music was influenced by a variety of punk and new wave bands, including The Clash, The Jam, and The Sex Pistols.
In addition to their music, The Outcasts were known for their DIY ethos and their willingness to play anywhere and everywhere. They often performed at small venues and community halls, and they were a regular fixture at the Harp Bar in Belfast. They also released their own records on their own label, GBH Records, which was named after the band's favorite punk band, Charged GBH.
The Outcasts continued to release music throughout the 1980s, although their sound evolved over time. Their second album, "Blood and Thunder", featured a more melodic sound, and their third album, "Seven Deadly Sins", included elements of country and western music. They also gained a following in the United States, and they toured there several times during the 1980s.
Despite their success, The Outcasts never achieved the same level of commercial success as some of their contemporaries. However, they remained an important band in the punk scene in Ireland and beyond, and they continue to be influential today. Their music has been covered by a variety of artists, and their legacy is evident in the continued popularity of punk music in Ireland and beyond.
THE OUTCASTS - Blood Thunder
Abstracr Records ABT 004 , 1982 , France
"The Outcasts' 1982 album 'Blood Thunder' receives a French release, infusing punk with a fresh fervor. With tracks like 'Angel Face' and 'Frustration,' the album exudes raw rebellion. The French release amplifies the band's impact, channeling their Belfast origins into a resounding anthem of youthful defiance and gritty soundscapes that resonate with punk enthusiasts and rebels at heart"
The Outcasts' 'Justa Nother Teenage Rebel' is a punk rock treasure immortalized on vinyl. Released in 1978, it epitomizes the genre's rebellious spirit. With tracks like 'Justa Nother Teenage Rebel' and the title track, the album distills teenage angst into a sonic riot. Fierce vocals, gritty guitar work, and unapologetic energy converge, creating a punk anthem that continues to resonate with the disenchanted youth
The Outcasts' 'Programme Love' 12" Vinyl LP Album, adorned with a front cover reminiscent of Patrick Nagel's signature style, is a visual and auditory delight. Released with a nod to the 1980s aesthetic, the album's punk energy collides with Nagel's sleek lines and bold colors. With tracks like 'Magnum Force' and 'Liberators,' it's a harmonious fusion of rebellious sound and art, encapsulating an era with vibrant allure.
New Rose Records NEW 40, yPartx 90.978 , 1984 , France
The Outcasts' 'Seven Deadly Sins' 12" Vinyl LP Album is a sonic exploration of punk's raw essence. Released with gritty determination, the album delves into themes of rebellion and societal critique. Tracks like 'Gangland Warfare' and 'Seven Deadly Sins' resonate with raw intensity, capturing the spirit of punk. A visceral journey through sound, the album remains a testament to unapologetic expression.