Joe Capaldi (vocals) and Jonny Webber (guitar) met in a sleepy pub in North Bristol when Capaldi wandered in and spotted Webber perched at the bar, pouring a can of Fosters slyly into an empty pint glass. Suitably impressed, he approached him. They chatted about bands over five pints (in keeping with Jonny’s “Five and drive” motto) and Capaldi wrote the Soundcloud link to his demos on the back of a fag packet. Two hours later and Jonny rang Joe up – “We are starting a band” and the rest as they say was history.
Fast forward six months they had a full lineup together and began tirelessly gigging in Bristol and around the UK, playing to whoever would take them and racking up a number of scandalous stories that can only be revealed in the future biography. After taking it as far as they could in their hometown, with several headline shows, they became disillusioned with the lack of ambition in local music scene. It was then decided that their only option was to throw all of their possessions into the back of a Peugeot 206 and make their way to the capital to seek fame and fortune.
Arriving in London knowing no one, they lived in their car for a year. Homeless, jobless, fearless. They stole bananas and samosas for food, mineswept pints for drinks and bunked every tube/train/bus for travel.
After 18 months of lineup changes and Joe being left bedridden for months from glandular fever, the band came across Michael J. Serapinas – a classically trained, ambitious stoner born in Lithuania and raised in Northwest London. With him they began touring England and releasing their first few singles – ‘Miss Maggie May’ and ‘Nothing’s Gonna Get Me Down Today’ with Paul Tipler (The Horrors, Placebo) and ‘Hello Tango’ to rave reviews.
Making a name for themselves in the capital and beyond for their explosive and unpredictable live performances, flamboyant swagger and dirty-sweet pop-hit anthems. By the end of the year this included sold out headline shows at The Alleycat in Soho and their beloved Dublin Castle, playing festivals including Tramlines, Dot To Dot and headlining Crowndale Club at Camden Rocks Festival. As well as bringing their energetic performances to established venues, they had a taste for the unconventional, acquiring a notorious reputation for playing their own guerrilla gigs in homeless shelters, warehouses and house parties.
Seeing Norea Persson fill in for Mick Jones’ old band at the Dublin Castle, Camden they were blown away and set about getting her in the band. Two months later at The Good Mixer the deal was done and Norea Persson was officially in The Garage Flowers – “Good, next week we’re off to Europe” Jonny said as the band cheersed their pints together.
With Persson on board the band went from strength to strength – proving to be a big hit on their tours of France, Belgium and Holland and recording their debut E.P with Kevin Vanbergen (Paul Weller, The Pixies) and packing out venues across the capital to adoring crowds.
2019 will see the band release their highly anticipated debut E.P, make a valiant return to Europe and play an array of summer festivals.