Dangerous Bend Mirrors were formed in 1992 out of the ashes of The Bomb
Zombies. They played their first gig at The Dutch House Free Festival
in South East London. The line up at the festival included The Sea,
R.D.F., Experiment's first gig, Fear of Fear (both Experiment & Fear Of
Fear were offshoots of Conflict), Dreamstate & The Balloons (with K,
one of the founder members of The Ozric Tentacles, on vocals).
Videos - Live at The Fort Tavern in Plumstead 10 July 1993:
Whip The Minister
Law Of The Gun
Twist Your Mind
The Lewisham Labour Club
the festival Dangerous Bend Mirrors gigged regularly for a year & a
half playing such places as Macmillans (a squat pub in Deptford), Club
Dog in The George Robey in Finsbury Park, The Dew Drop Inn in Deptford,
a couple of all-dayers at The Victoria in Deptford (organised by Paco
from Conflict), A couple of all-dayers in a barn behind The Fort Tavern
in Woolwich, a homelessness benefit at The Amersham Arms in Deptford,
The Basement in Brighton, The Lewisham Labour Club (which New Labour shut
down & sold off as soon as it came to power in 1997), The Cricketers
at the Oval & The Thomas A'Beckett up The Old Kent Road where the band
successfully started an all-night club (The Roadkill Toadskin Revue)
with live alternative acts.
Dangerous Bend Mirrors triptych
They joined the committee for The Fordham Park Festival in 1993. Titled
The Deptford Urban Free Festival this event lasted for five years &
attracted tens of thousands of people each year it was on.
Dangerous Bend Mirrors head-lined the South East London Musician's
Collective marquee in 1993 with a stage act incorporating a Jesus
lookalike on a cross smoking a spliff & offering members of the crowd
the opportunity to have a go on the cross (obviously participants weren't
expected to be nailed to it). There were no takers & Jesus had to retire
to the back-stage area when a couple of brew crew inebriates tried to
At Lewisham Labour Club 1993
The band's lyrics were written by Craig High & Adam Fosbury.
Some of the other bands who have played on the same line-up as The Mirrors
over the years have included Community Charge, Conflict, Sister Mary
Elephant, The Weird Happenings Organisation, Conch, Eat Static, Scarfo,
Gardez Leau, Map, Sheep on Drugs, The Spiral Tribe Sound System & Senser.
Dangerous Bend Mirrors
The Mirrors music was mostly Acid Punk with a hint of Hard Core, Techno &
a bit of rap. The line-up included Max (of The Jack Rubies) on drums,
Pete Davis on guitar, Adam Fosbury on guitar & backing vocals, Bob on
Bass & Craig High on vocals, clarinet, tin whistle, percussion, tenor
recorder & harmonica.
At The Cricketers
At The Cricketers|
The band split at the end of 1993. Adam went on to become DJ Raw Shark,
Max moved to Brighton, Bob moved to Hastings & Craig & Pete went on to
form Fuzz Nation Lemmings.
Raising the Roof
One of the photos is at an all-dayer in the barn behind The Fort Tavern
in Woolwich & the montage is at an all-dayer at The Victoria in Deptford.
A demo tape exists as well as numerous gig & rehearsal tapes. There is
also a limited amount of film footage.
The Mirrors also used to put on all-night free Gabba Raves with The Avit
Army on the beaches at Camber Sands.
At the Dutch House Free Festival 1992
Laughing Gravy Magazine cover
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