Omega Tribe have announced, on a new Facebook page that the band has reformed, and the original members Hugh Vivian, Daryl Hardcastle and Sonny Flint are back together and in rehearsal. The band’s full statement reads as follows:
Omega Tribe was an English punk band, formed in Barnet in 1981. With the roles of Hugh Vivian on guitar and vocals, Daryl Hardcastle on bass, Pete Fender on guitar and Pete Shepherd on drums, their first EP, Angry Songs, was produced by Penny Rimbaud and Pete Fender for Crass Records in 1982.
Their subsequent LP, No Love Lost, (released by Corpus Christi Records, 1983) won the hearts of many hardened anarchos and secured their place in anarcho-punk history. A far more melodic style, encouraged by producer and new guitarist Pete Fender, created a highly influential template that many other bands were to build on.
They released a cassette only live release on BBP tapes in 1984.
In 1984 Sonny Flint joined on drums, and they took on a sax and flute player Jane Keay. Peter the original drummer switched to playing percussion.
Pete Fender departed early in 1984, after a memorable year for Omega Tribe. Line-up changes were fairly frequent after this period and a 12″ EP, “(It’s a) Hard Life”/”Young John”, was finally released in 1985 that showed a complete change of direction. By 1986, after the departure of vocalist and founder-member Hugh, the band was known simply as The Tribe. The band continued to maintain a presence on the UK live circuit for a further year or so but recording opportunity evaded them. Sonny Flint departed in 1987. The band split in 1988.
Omega Tribe reformed briefly to play guest spot at Vi Subversa’s 60th Birthday Bash at London’s Astoria 2 in June 1995. A short incognito tour under the name of Charlie showed promise, but the band’s members had other interests and the project was short-lived.
A compilation CD, Make Tea Not War, was released in 2000 on Rugger Bugger Records and a cut-down vinyl LP version was also pressed. Both albums quickly sold out.
Band members Hugh, Daryl and Sonny have reunited in August 2016 and are currently in rehearsals.
UPDATE, 18 August: Despite the clear statement from the reforming Omega Tribe, some people have been asking Pete Fender if he is joining the reunion. Fender has reaffirmed that he is not part of the Omega Tribe reunion.
Omega Tribe have also been confirmed to be joining the bill of the next Another Winter of Discontent (AWOD) festival being held in London in February 2017. Details of their appearance to follow.
UPDATE, 19 August: Omega Tribe are now confirmed as joining the line-up for the ‘Vi Day‘ of the AWOD festival, alongside Dirt, Rubella Ballet, Hagar the Womb, Lost Cherrees and many other artists, on Sunday 19 February 2017. Tickets are on sale now.