“Percy are proving to be tenacious musical survivors – typical Yorkshire Terriers – scruffy and soft looking from a distance but surprisingly quick with a bite and lots of unexpected noise close too! ” TOM ROBINSON BBC 6 MUSIC
Percy were established in York in 1996 and still have the founding members Colin Howard (Guitars and Lyrics) and Andy Wiles (Bass). There have been several different line ups but since 2017 it has included Paula Duck on Synths and Jason Wilson on Drums.
Since the beginning the music has always been quite spiky and left-field, drawing comparisons to The Fall and Half Man Half Biscuit, bands which Percy have been very pleased to support over the years. Since the introduction of a synth player the sound is definitely now reminiscent of the best of the post punk genre.
The full history of the band can be seen on our Wikepedia entry the most notable aspect of our foundation is the presence of ex-Housemartin Hugh Whitaker on drums 1997-2004. The 1998 ep “West Yorkshire Super Heroes” (Tenfoot Records) got us our first airplay with John Peel and led to a signing to Mook Records in Leeds.
The 1999 Mook single “Donny Rednecks” was the high point for this classic line up as it secured a single of the week in Melody Maker and airplay with Steve Lamacq on his Radio 1 evening session. “ A toe tapping jaw dropper” he once said of that release.
The Fall, Gang of Four, Public Image Ltd, The Stooges, Per Ubu, Throbbing Gristle, Killing Joke, Frank Zappa, Squeeze