Trespass Band
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Trespass Band
Origin Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Genres Heavy metal
1978-1982, 1992-1993, 2015-present
Labels Trial Records
Blue Blud, Blue Blood, Requiem, Cathedral
Mark Sutcliffe
Steve "Sleeve" Mills
Robert Eckland
Adrian Grimes (aka Adrian Lynden)
Paul Sutcliffe
Dave Crawte
Richard Penny
Cris Linscott
Bob Irving
Leo Smee

Trespass are a heavy metal band from Suffolk, England. They were part of the new wave of British heavy metal at the beginning of the 1980s. The band reformed in 2015.[1]


Initially the band consisted of brothers Mark Sutcliffe (voice and guitar) and Paul Sutcliffe (drums), Dave Crawte (guitar), and Richard Penny (bass). Later they replaced Richard Penny with Cris Linscott and added vocalist Steve "Sleeve" Mills, all under 21 at the time. They all had day jobs, as the band never became financially viable: "Sleeve" was employed by the Social Security Dapartment, Mark and Paul worked at a factory, Dave worked at a record shop, and Cris was an income tax collector. The band's manager was Steve Kendall.[2]

Mark Sutcliffe cites as a musical influence Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame, Cris Linscott admired Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rush, while "Sleeve" liked David Coverdale and Paul Rodgers.

Trial Records

The band came to sign with Trial Records and their first single, "One of These Days", had a pressing of only 2000 copies, which were sold out in a short time. After that they enlisted vocalist Rob Eckland to record their "Jealousy/Live It Up" single, which was a double a-side.[3] The final release for the label was the Bright Lights EP which also had a pressing of 2000 copies. Interestingly, the a-side ran at 45 RPM but the b-side ran at 33 1/3 RPM.

The Enid and Lodge Studios

In 1982 the band were represented for a brief period by Lester Mortimer, the manager for British pomp rock band The Enid. Lead vocalist Adrian Grimes (aka Adrian Lynden) joined them for the recording of a 6-track demo, produced by Steven Stewart at The Enid's The Lodge Recording Studio. Some of these tracks were included on One Of These Days: The Anthology. The band played a few gigs with this line-up (the biggest being the Quay Theatre in Sudbury, Suffolk), but disbanded after a family tragedy.

Other Releases

The band recorded a session for Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show, which secured them an inclusion in Metal Explosion, a BBC compilation record.

They also managed to have two of their songs included in the second volume of the Metal For Muthas compilation series.

In 1990 Lars Ulrich, the drummer and co-founder of the band Metallica, released a compilation entitled NWOBHM '79 Revisited celebrating the tenth anniversary of the new wave of British heavy metal. The double-CD includes some of the top acts of the time, with Trespass being represented with their biggest hit "One of These Days" from the BBC session.

Trespass Hiatus

After Trespass's break-up, the long-term members of the band (Mark, Paul, and Dave) formed a glam metal band by the name of Blue Blud (later Blue Blood), releasing two albums: The Big Noise (1989) and Universal Language (1991). After Blue Blood's break-up in 1992, the brothers revived the Trespass name and released an album of original material in 1993 by the name of Head.

Various compilations of released and unreleased material have been issued during the years, both officially by the band and in unofficial bootlegs. Some of these include: Through the Ages, The Works, The Works 2, and One Of These Days: The Trespass Anthology.

Trespass Reform

Trespass started to reform in 2013 into 2014 when they entered the studio once more to rerecord their classic material so it had a consistent sound and feel.

The band launched an official Trespass Facebook page in December 2013.[4]

In 2014 Paul Sutcliffe decided he wanted to pursue other musical avenues so the remaining members of the band Mark Sutcliffe and Dave Crawte recruited James Last on Drums, Paul Martin on Guitars and Danny B (who engineered the new album) on Bass.

The band's new line up debuted at the Brofest #3 festival in Newcastle upon tyne, UK on 28 February 2015. The new eponymously titled album and accompanying website were launched in March 2015.

Crawte and Martin left the band in January 2016. A new drummer Jason Roberts and lead guitarist Joe Fawcett joined Mark Sutcliffe and Danny B signalling a return to the original Trespass twin lead guitar sound. An album of brand new material is due for release in late 2016.

Recording Sessions[5]

1979, October - Hillside Studios
  1. "One of these days" (released as the a-side of the single "One of these days")
  2. "Bloody moon" (released as the b-side of the single "One of these days")
  3. "Frogeye"
  4. "Bombay mix"
  5. "Ace of spades"
1980, February - Spaceward Studios
  1. "8 'til 5"
  2. "Stormchild" (released on the compilation album Metal For Muthas, Volume 2: Cut Loud)
  3. "Lightsmith"
  4. "One of these days" (released on the compilation album Metal For Muthas, Volume 2: Cut Loud)
1980, April - EMI Studios
  1. "Live it up"
  2. "Change your mind"
  3. "Visionary"
  4. "Assassin"
1980, 2 May - BBC Studios

(the Friday Rock Show session)

  1. "One of these days"
  2. "Stormchild"
  3. "Live it up"
  4. "Visionary" (released on the compilation album Metal Explosion)
1980, August - Spaceward Studios
  1. "Live it up" (released as the aa-side of the single "Jealousy")
  2. "Jealousy" (released as the a-side of the single "Jealousy")
1981, March - Hillside Studios
  1. "Bounty hunter"
  2. "Point of no return"
  3. "Vendetta"
1981, July - RG Jones Studios
  1. "Bright lights" (released as the a-side of the EP "Bright lights")
  2. "Duel" (released as the first b-side of the EP "Bright lights")
  3. "Man and machine" (released as the second b-side of the EP "Bright lights")
  4. "Life beat"
  5. "It's all over"
1982, May - The Lodge Studios
  1. "Make it metal"
  2. "Rockin' on the radio"
  3. "Midnight hour"
1982, November - The Lodge Studios
  1. "Long way to Hollywood"
  2. "Rockin' the hard way"
  3. "Hot on your heels"
2014 various - recorded at Long Track studios mixed at HVR Studios
  1. "Stormchild"
  2. "Assassin"
  3. "Ace of Spades"
  4. "Eight til Five"
  5. "Bloody Moon"
  6. "One of these Days"
  7. "Live it Up"
  8. "Jealousy"
  9. "The Duel"
  10. "Lightsmith"

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Chris Collingwood, Sounds, 1980-08-03 [1]
  3. ^ Sounds, 1980-08-16
  4. ^
  5. ^ Trespass. "One Of These Days: The Anthology". Sanctuary Records, 2004

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