Led by vocalist and frontman Gene October, Chelsea were one of the pioneering bands on the British punk scene, with a tough sound and a populist outlook typified in songs like “Right to Work” and “Urban Kids.” Thanks to October’s tenacity, they became an enduring presence in U.K. punk, and though the band sounded a bit faster and louder on latter-day albums like 2015’s Saturday Night Sunday Morning and 2005’s Faster, Cheaper & Better Looking than on early efforts such as 1979’s Chelsea and 1982’s Evacuate (and October’s voice showed signs of wear over time), their commitment to the essential rudiments of first-wave U.K. punk never wavered. Chelsea have gone through so many personnel changes that October himself probably has trouble sorting them out, but he’s kept the band in front of audiences since the mid-’70s, with a pair of genuine pop stars (Billy Idol and Sting) briefly included in the lineup.
ALVIN GIBBS is the renowned long-serving bassist of punk legends U.K. Subs. Alvin has also served as a member of the Iggy Pop Band as well as Cheap N Nasty.
Alvin has toured extensively worldwide with all the above bands, and has written a number of books, including one on his wild times with Iggy Pop.
The ‘Disobedient Servants’ is Alvin’s first solo project featuring many exciting collaborators