The Strange Agency (2010 to date)

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The Strange Agency are Craig High on vocals, clarinet, tin whistle and recorder, Dave Bates on guitar and vocals, Isie Bates on bass and Steve Johnston on drums.

The debut LP "Strange One" is available on disc at https://the-strange-agency.soundawesome.com/ and is available for preview or to download in a series of different formats including cd quality wav files from http://thestrangeagency.bandcamp.com/

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Strange Agency Strange One
 Strange One - April 2012
 
Mammon
The Eye of Horus
Twisted Instinct
Digging Holes
Stanley
Digital Inferno
        A Moody Blues
The Storm
A Global Warning
Whirlpool
Corporate Buildings

A review can be read in the September issue of Classic Rock magazine.... "Had this unruly bunch of West Wales long hairs been signed to Stiff Records in 1976, you can't help but think chart success would surely have been theirs"

The band have released a four track EP (see below).

Strange Agency Logo

After forming in Spring 2010 "The Strange Agency" have played many gigs some which include The Lifeboat Tavern in Tenby, West Wales to a capacity crowd with "The Purple Turtles" as support, Dave and his wife Charlotte's wedding reception party in a marquee on their small holding in West Wales, the first Teifi Rock Festival in Cardigan, West Wales alongside The Stingrays, The Blockheads, The Beat and Goldie Lookin' Chain", The South West Youth Fest in Pembrokeshire and Whitland Town Hall.

In 2011 some of their dates have included the South West Youth Fest for the second time, the Jackdaw all-dayer in Colchester alongside such bands as Gunslinger, The Higher Craft, Flutatious, Vert X and Nik Turner's Space Ritual and The Parrot in Carmarthen with Sendelica and the Muscovite psychedelic band The Re-Stoned. After a hugely successful Mad Pride event at The Montague Arms in New Cross, South East London playing alongside Frank Bangay, Dave Studdert, Paradise 9 and Edgar Broughton with guest drummer Steve Jenkins from Sessionhead former members Luke {bass} and Tom {guitar} left the band because they felt they coudn't allocate the amount of time to the project that it deserves.

Since Isie has joined the band they've played a Halloween party at The Black Lion Hotel in Cardigan alongside The Rayguns, Devil's Answer and Ravenheart, The Penquoit Centre along the Pembrokeshire coast and were honoured to be asked to run from 11:30pm to 12:30am at a packed New Year's Eve Party in a marquee in a valley somewhere in West Wales stopping the set briefly in order to let a crowd of excited punters count down to 2012. Dave's Hendrix style version of Auld Lang Syne courted the moment perfectly.

Since the sudden climb down of Perry Phillips The Strange Agency now have Steve Johnston on drums. Steve has been involved in many independent acts since the dawn of the eighties covering a whole gamut of genres.

Craig's musical history is documented elsewhere on this site. Dave Bates was, for some years one half of the duo "Electric Fish", the other half of which was Bob Fish, one time singer and anchorman of the Rock and Roll Band "The Darts". For the best part of the last ten years Dave has been the guitarist of "The Nik Turner Band", a tight Modern Jazz ensemble fronted by the legendary singer/saxophonist from Hawkwind and Inner City Unit and regular guest performer with "The Strange Agency". Isie Bates is also in local Folksters "Three Penny Twist" with her partner Dave Green. Tom, Luke and Perry are also members of the Hard Rock Band "Love Rocket" who have won considerable support from the biker community as a result of playing "The Bulldog Bash".

The Strange Agency also have a site on http://the-strange-agency.soundawesome.com/, a facebook profile and an app compatible with google android at market.android.com


Live at The Castle Cafe Cellar Bar in Cardigan, West Wales on 23 February 2013:
Genetic Matrix
The Storm
Whirlpool

The Shed, West Wales, 9th January 2012:
Corporate Buildings
The Storm

The Black Lion Hotel, Cardigan High St, 29th Oct 2011:
The Eye Of Horus
Twisted Instinct
Digging Holes
Stan's Big Day Out
Whirlpool

Video at Jackdaw2 - The Arena, Colchester 13th August 2011:
Watchtower Jackdaw

Video at The Castle Cafe Cellar Bar in Cardigan, West Wales on 29 July 2011:
Mammon

Videos at the South West Youth Fest in West Wales - 23 July 2011:
Twisted Instinct
Digital Inferno

Video at the Shed in West Wales - 13 June 2011:
All Along The Watchtower

Videos at Whitland Town Hall, West Wales - 13 Nov 2010:
Kubrick's Odyssey
Digging Holes
Twisted Instinct
Mammon
The Eye Of Horus
A Happy Blues
A Moody Blues
Whirlpool

Videos at The South Wales Youth Festival, Haverford West - 11 Sep 2010:
Mammon
Twisted Instinct
Whirlpool
Rockin' In The Free World

Videos at The Teifi Roc Celtic Festival - 7 Aug 2010:
Mammon
The Eye Of Horus
A Moody Blues
Whirlpool
Digging Holes
Twisted Instinct
A Happy Blues
Rockin' In The Free World

Videos at the Lifeboat Tavern - 23 May 2010:
Co-Pilots Of Mammon with Ervine The Bard
The Eye Of Horus
A Moody Blues
Highway To Hell
Whirlpool
Twisted Instinct
Digging Holes with Nik Turner

Videos at the Shed in West Wales - 30 April 2010:
A Moody Blues
Whirlpool
The Eye Of Horus
Mammon animated



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Strange Agency EP
 Four Track Live EP 30 April 2010
 
Mammon
The Eye of Horus
A Moody Blues
Whirlpool
     

Whirlpool (April Fool's Day 2010)

Roll your dice it's ever so nice
Experiment is my advice
Get an ideology
Watch out for idolatry
Or go

Round round
and down down
Round round
and down down

Mass action it's a must
Don't tell me you can't be fussed
Get together be satisfied
Relate now and know you've tried
Or go

Round Round
and down down
Round Round
and down down

Mobilize your picket lines
It's a sure sign of the times
Don't be told that you're a fool
Remonstrate and know it's cool
Or go

Round Round
and down down
Round Round
and down down


Strange Agency Wonderland

Kozfest July 2012

Insane

Jackdaw Festival

New Years Eve 2011

New Years Eve 2011

New Years Eve 2011

Strange Agency at The Parrot Carmarthen

Strange Agency at Tenby

Isie Bates

Perry Phillips

Dave Bates

Craig

Craig High Tom Cole and Dave Bates

Craig High

The Strange Agency

Craig High and Tom Cole in Tenby

Luke Roberson Perry Phillips

Nik Turner and the Strange Agency

Strange Agent Perry

Strange Agents Dave and Craig

Strange Agents Luke and Tom

Strange Agent Tom

Strange Agency

Strange Agency Live in Tenby


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