Anarcho-Punk / Thrash

Ashford, Kent

1985 - 1986

Band MembersEdit

  • Mark Palmer (vocals)
  • Michelle Winn (vocals)
  • Rob Jefferson (guitar)
  • Mark Davy (bass)
  • Brian Critchley (keyboards)
  • Gavin Sturges (drums)


Swift (or The Swift) were an activist-based Anarchist band playing Psychedelic Anarcho-Punk / Thrash. Swift was formed after the band "The Abnormal" (Gavin - Vocals/Guitar), Rob (guitar/Vocals), Melvin Bartholemew (Bass), Julian Evenden (Drums) disbanded. "The Abnormal" formed in 1983 and played only a few gigs including Southlands High School, New Romney; South Ashford Youth Club, Ashford.

Swift were involved in benefit gigs for the miners during the strike of 1984/85, and band members also participated in and supported direct action campaigns, most notably "Stop the City", Hunt Saboteurs, and a number of Animal Rights actions & demonstrations . Incidentally, Swift were scheduled to play with Conflict and Liberty at the Wig and Gavel, Ashford sometime in 1985; however, the gig was mysteriously cancelled by the W & G allegedly at the behest of the Fire Brigade!

Related BandsEdit


  • 1985/6? 'The More Tea Tapes' demo


These are the only details for which details have been found.

  • 12/09/85 - Ashford, Wig + Gavel (+ Long At The Fair)
  • 24/10/85 - Ashford, Wig + Gavel (+ Long At The Fair + Ordered Lives)
  • 29/11/85 - Ramsgate, Concord (+ Fire For A Generation)
  • 25/01/86 - Dover, 365 Club (supp. Arch Criminals + Fightback , with Atavistic )
  • 20/03/86 - Ashford, Wig + Gavel (+ Eye + Atavistic )
  • 09/05/86 - Broadstairs, Pavilion (final gig - drums never showed up, so band didn't play)

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