We want to bring you the best metal bands that the UK has to offer, so we spend our time outside of putting together our gigs, seeking out the next top quality acts that you have to see.
Below, you will find some of the acts we have had the fortune to have grace the Pandemonium Club stage, as well as some of the bands that we think are well worth a listen.
Pre-Med are a high-energy rock band, with strong leanings towards space and psychedelic rock, with additional progressive elements and a frequent dark edge to their sound.
The band was formed in 2004 by Danny Faulkner after leaving his previous band, Starfield. Danny approached old friend Alan Davey (ex Hawkwind and Bedouin) to help him get the project off the ground and, together with the guitar skills of Lewis Turner, the band released its first album "Medication Time" in 2005. The album was well received, with positive reviews, but no sooner had the first album been finished, Danny and Alan were already putting the next one together. "The Truth About Us" was released in 2007 and it was easy to see that the band had significantly raised their game. Taking on Eamon O’Neill for guitar duties and bringing in Steve Leigh on keys had definitely pushed Pre-Med in a new direction.
In 2008 Pre-Med played their first ever show, with the addition of Keith Hill on drums and James Hodkinson on keys/Backing vocals. The show was a triumph, to say the least. The following year the band played at the Sonic Rock Solstice festival in Builth Wells, Wales, and once again raised the roof. Drummer Keith Hill was replaced in the winter of 2010 by Alan’s old Hawkwind sparring partner, Dan Thompson, and the new line up took to the stage at Sonic Rock Solstice again, their ever-growing following becoming apparent for all to see.
2011 proved to be a time of even more changes for the band. Pre-Med parted company with Alan Davey and Eamon O’Neill; James Hodkinson switched from keyboards to bass (plus occasional synth and continuing on backing vocals) and Phil Oates was recruited to play guitar. This new line-up’s first appearance was, again, another great success at Sonic Rock Solstice festival. Three further gigs followed, including the headline slot at Onboard the Craft festival, in Derbyshire, and the band’s first ever non-festival gigs, at the Pandemonium Club, Maidstone, and in Rye. James Hodkinson left Pre-Med in late October.
Much of 2012 was spent working on the third Pre-Med album, "Einstein's Day Off", scheduled for release in February 2013.
Throughout their history, their live performances have been something that have pressed home the Pre-Med 'experience' and, visually, the incredible lighting of Dave Johnson's Lighthouse Projections has greatly enhanced the overall sensory overload that Pre-Med aim to achieve.
If you've not been exposed to the live experience of Pre-Med before, you are urged to do so as soon as possible...