RepoMen

1991-2023
Jason Wragg (drums) / Denzil Watson (vocals) / Ric Bower (guitar & keys) / Simon Tiller (bass) / James “Yozza” Hughes (drums)

RepoMen were a four-piece indie-new wave band from Sheffield, originally formed in 1991. After recording two EPs and treading the boards at a number of local venues, including a support slot with The Cranberries at the Hallamshire Hotel on West Street, the band split in 1992, before reforming in 1996 and 1997. When original drummer Jason Wragg informed the band he'd sold his drum kit and effectively left the band,  the remaining members were inactive for a couple of years. However, in 1999, the group made up of Denzil Watson (vocals), Ric Bower (guitar and occasional keyboards) and Simon Tiller on (bass) were joined by James “Yozza” Hughes on drums. He proved to be the missing piece of the jigsaw. The new lineup's first single "Lights out" was picked out and played on Steve Lamacq's Radio 1 show. The band then signed to local record label Phantom Power Records and established themselves as one of Sheffield's most enduring and prolific local bands. Over the coming 18 years the band released a string of EPs and several albums. The band also clocked up over 100 gigs in the Steel City, celebrating their 25 year anniversary at the Queen's Social Club in Sheffield in 2016. The band's "Futurustic" album in 2017 proved to be the band's final release, as Tiller took a step back from the band. In the coming five or so years Bower and Watson sporadically appeared as an acoustic duo. With the band planning to reform in their original line-up for the 2024 Tramlines Fringe, Ric Bower, the band's principal song-writer, tragically passed away in October 2023 as the result of a road accident at the end of the previous month, effectively bringing the curtain down on the band.

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