Balaam and the Angel were formed in 1984 by three Scottish brothers Mark, Des & Jim Morris. They took their name from a prophet in the Old Testament who appeared in Chapter 22 of Numbers, which explains how they ended up on their own Midlands record label Chapter 22 ( later the home of Pop Will Eat Itself, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin & Liverpool’s Scorpio Rising). In the 80’s they built up a huge a loyal following on the gig circuit with their feelgood concerts and outlandish clothes. Never more so than when they appeared on The Tube in what can only be described as pyjamas. Mark in a stripes and Des in red silk both with mad backcombed hair! They supported The Cult and Iggy Pop on tour as well as their own packed gigs and Reading Festival. As the 80’s progressed, goth turned to goth rock and Balaam went with it. They toughened up their image, ramped up the sound and toned down their flamboyance. They’ve just appeared in Vive Le Rock’s Goth Annual and they’re still out gigging to the same hardcore following. We look forward to them playing a large part of ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ when they headline the Planet X stage on the Saturday. Make us all warm again!