Playing in and around their home town Birmingham, the beasts, fronted by singer Garry Dalloway (nick-named "the original fat bastard" by the Kerrang! direktory of heavy metal), quickly became local heroes. consequently Paul Birch, who rated the band very highly, tried to get them a record deal asking numerous major labels if they would be interested. They weren't, so he founded his own label to put out the first handsome beasts single "all riot now" / "the mark of the beast" in early 1980. Later in the same year heavy metal issued the "breaker" ep which used the digital spiral technique - it played "crazy" or "one in a crowd" depending on where you put the record needle at the beginning - a gimmick later used by Kiss.
Dalloway, bassist Steve Hough, guitarist Phil Aston and drummer Pete Malbasa played further gigs in the midlands area before recording their debut lp "Beastiality" in 1981 (by which time Aston had been replaced by Paul Robins). With an outrageous but humorous cover, the album showed that musically the beasts still incorporated massive blues influences into their meaty metal sound. It was a pity, though, that the album featured only four new songs ("david's song" / "another day" / "tearing me apart" / "high speed") as the rest of the material was already known from their three singles ( the latest being "sweeties" and the ballad-like "you're on your own" b side). When the n.w.o.b.h.m. lost it's momentum towards the middle of the 80's they split up.
Garry unfortunately passed away in aug 2005 of a heart attack, shortly after recording another album. The rest of the band were then unsure what to do, untill they remembered that 18 months earlier, Garry had said while watching the front man (Simon Hall) of (Beholder) a local covers band "when i peg it, thats the guy you want".
Shortly after Garry's death the band approached Simon to ask if he would stand in for some gigs held in Garry's memory. The dates went so well that the band decided that Garry was right, he was the guy they wanted and so asked Simon to join on a permanent basis.Garry's last album was finally released in june 2007, entitled Rock And A Hard Place
Simon left the band late 2007 and was shortly followed by Si Fielding (bass player from Beholder who had joined us previous to The Rock and Blues in the summer of 2007).
In december 2007 the band found a new frontman and bass player in the shape of Rocky Shades (the notorious singer from the legendary Wrathchild, who had been label mates with the beasts back in the Heavy Metal Records days) and Shawn Till, a friend of Micks who for the last couple of years had been fronting a Motorhead tribute act called Motorkill.
Since then the band have been playing a few low key local gigs and working on material for a new album, in preparation for a full assault due to start in the near future.
In the words of Rocky Shades
THE GREAT MIDLAND ROCK INSTITUTION THAT IS THE HEAVY ROCK BAND "THE HANDSOME BEASTS" HAVE JUST BECOME INSTITUTIONALIZED AS THEY HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH NONE OTHER THAN THE CRAZY MOTORMOUTH FRONTMAN EXTRORDINAIRE THAT IS ME ROCKY SHADES.
THIS WILL COME AS A SHOCK TO BOTH BEASTS AND WRATH FANS ALIKE AS BOTH OF THE PREVIOUS BEASTS VOCALISTS WERE A BIT ON THE NOT SO THIN SIDE......NO OFFENCE MEANT AND GOD BLESS YOU FLABBY.
I CAN STATE MOST CATEGORICALLY BY JOINING THIS BAND I HAVE NO INTENTION OF EATING ALL THE PIES, OR BECOMING A REGULAR VISITOR TO THE KEBAB SHOP SO WILL BRING A NEW DIMENSION TO AN ALREADY KILLER KICK ASS BAND.
ANYONE WHO IS NOW FUMING AT THE P.C. SCREEN CHILL OUT,
THE NEW BEASTS WILL BE THE ULTIMATE BEASTS AS I INTEND TO INHANCE NOT DESTROY THEIR ALREADY CAST IN STONE REPUTATION.
AL, MARK AND MICK ARE AS CRAZY AS I AM AND THAT SUITS US JUST FINE.
THEY LIKE THEIR ROCK HARD BUT NOT SERIOUS AND WHO THE F**K WOULD TAKE ME SERIOUS ANYWAY HA HA HA.
IF YOU ARE NEW TO THIS BAND CHECK THEM OUT I TRIED THEM AND LIKED THEM SO MUCH I KEPT THEM.
ALL YOU R.S.W. FANS DO NOT DESPAIR AS INBETWEEN WORKING WITH THE "BEASTS" AND THE BIRMINGHAM BLUES BROTHERS I HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF FINISHNG WHAT I STARTED OR ANOTHER PUPPY GETTS FED TO THE TIGERS.
THAT DOESNT MEAN IM TAKING THIS DUTY LIGHTLY,
I WILL GIVE THE BEASTS 500% PLUS AS ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN UNFORTUNATE ENOUGH TO CROSS PATHS WITH ME KNOW THAT I NEVER UNDER DELIVER ANYTHING.
ANYONE OUT THERE WHO WANTS TO BOOK THIS NEW VERSION OF PERVERSION CAN CONTACT US THROUGH THE HANDSOME BEASTS "MY SPACE" SITE AND NOT THROUGH ME AS IM THE NEW BOY IN THE CAMP AND HAVENT GOT PAST THE MAKING TEA AND CLOSING THE REHEARSAL ROOM GATE STAGE.
SERIOUSLY THOUGH AS SOON AS WE ARE GIG READY WE WILL HIT THE BOARDS SO YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELVES.
REHEARSALS ARE CURRENTLY GOING GREAT GUNS AND A NEW ALBUM IS DUE EARLY NEW YEAR......TITLE OF WHICH IS SUCH A CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET IF I WAS TO LET A LITTLE HINT SLIP I WOULD BE DEADMEAT NOT FRESH MEAT.
FOR FURTHER NEWS WATCH THIS SPACE
AND NOW GET READY FOR WAR ON THE METAL DANCEFLOOR.
ROCKY "WREKKLESS" SHADES