Do you believe in the Westworld? Simple question but one Kirk Brandon and Theatre of Hate have been asking us for nearly 40 years and we still have no clear answer for him? The yellow sun still sets in Tombstone every night and the rogue cyborg cowboy still wanders Boot Hill looking for ghosts but we are no more certain of the future as we were back then. The song still resonates today as strongly as it did when it was first released in 1982. In fact, Theatre of Hate’s involvement with the Futurama Festival and promoter John Keenan began in 1981 at Bingley Hall in Stafford. Perfect symmetry because it’s the 40th Anniversary in 2021 and John Keenan has been putting on Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny for four decades which is just an incredible fact.
Kirk, has always been one of the great front men with one of the most distinct and powerful voices that soars with anger and venom and then dips with passion and sorrow. Like a magician who almost seems to have a conductor’s hold over his band that at any moment can spit fire and fury at you like no other. Still assisted by his trusty bassist Stan ‘the man’ Stammers these have forged one of the great partnerships and in Theatre of Hate they have made some of the most raw and exciting post punk music ever. Former old boys include Billy Duffy who played with them before joining Death Cult and Theatre of Hate like Spear of Destiny after them always had great crossover appeal. Both appealed not just to the legion of flat tops in ripped jeans and pointed Johnson’s crepes but to the goths and psychobillys who filled the dance floors of Britain and in Kirk Brandon a charismatic leader, who was once described as the man who launched a thousand haircuts! Theatre of Hate are just one of the most incendiary and epic bands of all time.
Theatre of Hate played Futurama 3 at Bingley Hall, Stafford in 1981.