Making Plans for Nigel… Senses Working Overtime… Life Begins at the Hop… Mayor of Simpleton… Generals and Majors… Dear God… Sgt. Rock… XTC is one of the UK’s most revered and influential bands. While XTC are no more, their legacy has passed to EXTC − the band of legendary XTC drummer, Terry Chambers. For the ultimate stamp of approval, the band comes with the support of XTC leader, Andy Partridge.
Hot on the heels of a storming headline appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival, EXTC perform a full set of XTC classics, from their adrenalized early anthems through to the psychedelia-infused rock of later albums. And you can expect the band to deliver the same fire seen in XTC’s gigging heyday, which included worldwide tours with The Police and Talking Heads.
Terry Chambers is one of the world’s most respected drummers. The driving force of XTC and EXTC, his unique rhythms propel tracks like Making Plans for Nigel, Senses Working Overtime and Generals and Majors. Joining Terry in EXTC are Steve Tilling (vocals, guitar, ex-TC&I, the band of XTC’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers), Steve Hampton (guitar, vocals) and Matt Hughes (bass, vocals). Artists worldwide – including They Might Be Giants, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs, Everything Everything and Franz Ferdinand – cite XTC as a major influence.
“The all-guitar line-up recalls XTC in its heyday. Songs that never sat together before suddenly seem part of a unified body of work. It’s all part of the one rich and imaginative canon; like dipping into a selection box of chocolates, except without the ones in purple wrappers you always avoid.” Mark Fisher, Limelight
“A packed, enthusiastic crowd of super fans with two marvellously played sets of their favourite songs was a magic combination. We sang along ’til hoarse and cheered them to the rafters!” George Glen, Music Producer
“A crisp, strong live band, backed by a tight, confident drummer who oozes feel for the songs and drives them along in a way that simply must be experienced. The gig filled me with joy. Once again, EXTC nailed it.” Phil Lively, The Progressive Aspect
“Terry Chambers is the world’s best drummer.” John Leckie, Music Producer
BAND MEMBER SUMMARIES
Terry Chambers – Drums. The powerhouse behind XTC, Terry Chambers is one of the world’s most respected drummers. As XTC’s original drummer, Terry’s unique rhythms propelled tracks like Making Plans for Nigel, Senses Working Overtime and Generals and Majors. With top producer Hugh Padgham (XTC, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel), Terry trailblazed the huge drum sounds that became the hallmark of hits like In the Air Tonight, Born in the USA and Hounds of Love. In 2016, Terry reunited with XTC bandmate, Colin Moulding. Under the name TC&I, Terry and Colin released the acclaimed Great Aspirations EP in 2017 and Naked Flames live album in 2019.
Steve Tilling – Lead vocals, guitar. Steve Tilling has performed internationally as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, and founder of British rock band, CIRCU5. A charismatic frontman, Steve was also a member of TC&I – the band of XTC’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers – and features on TC&I’s live album, Naked Flames.
Steve Hampton – Guitar, vocals. Steve Hampton is an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter. His talents have featured on tours and recordings of artists including Joe Jackson, The Vapors, The Move and Ashley Campbell (daughter of Glenn). Steve is also founder and frontman of acclaimed alt country/Americana band, Dead Crow Road.
Matt Hughes – Bass, vocals. Matt has played bass guitar and upright bass professionally for over 20 years, recording and performing with signed bands in Europe and the USA. His credits include tours and sessions with artists including Rick Wakeman, Damian Wilson, Robyn Hitchcock, Roger Beaujolais and Bonnie Tyler