Ponderosa Glee Boys

Album 'Awake' Out Now!!

The Ponderosa Glee Boys
Home Town
Liverpool UK
Founding Date 1978

Record Labels

Inevitable Records 1980-81
Erics 77 Records 2017
PunkTown Records 2018 - Current

The Ponderosa Glee Boys formed in 1978 and their first gig was at the Somali Club,
A well known prostitute haunt in Liverpool.
They where a part of the Liverpool Eric's punk scene with the likes of Echo & the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes. Wah Heat,Big in Japan, Pink Military.
New York had CBGBs and Liverpool had Eric's, a venue that all the big named Alternative/Punk acts came and performed at.
The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Iggy Pop, The Stranglers, Buzzcocks, The Ramones, Joy Division, The Damned everyone that was anyone payed at Eric's. It was a fantastic musical education for young local bands and The Ponderosa Glee Boys had some great support slots with the likes of Iggy Pop or whoever hit Liverpool at the time.
They supported many other well known bands at the time including the likes of Generation X, Theatre of Hate, Killing Joke, Echo & The Bunnymen and so on.
After playing a few tours around the UK and their demos played on local radio the band were signed to Liverpool independent label Inevitable Records along with Wah Heat, Dead or Alive and The Room.
The PGB attracted quite a cult following and reputation for their live performances though band were difficult to manage when it came to recording and would often not turn up to recording sessions to the annoyance their management and label. The whole idea of playing the same song over and over for hours didn't appeal to them.
They were voted Liverpool's best band by a poll in local Merseysound Fanzine magazine in 1980-81 Known to be one of the late John Peels favourite bands after meeting with him when they did their Peel session for his show on BBC Radio 1. John even repeated the session so the band got paid again which was typically nice of him.
Their appearance at the Futurama 3 festival in September 1981 was the last time the band played together with vocalist Steve Thompson which left bass player Carl Eaton to take on the vocal role and songwriting from 1981 onwards as the band had another reshuffle.
The band stopped gigging in 1982 and drummer Steve Coy joined Liverpool band Dead or Alive. Steve sadly passed away recently and the Glee Boys dedicate the Album AWAKE to him.
Carl Eaton and Mike Mooney met and worked together for a while around this period until Mike went on to join Echo And the Bunnymen.
Carl was the only original member left and so The Ponderosa Glee Boys were put back in the box until 2017 when a new line up came together with original guitarist Dave Banks rejoining for a charity benefit gig they were asked to perform for the Liverpool Homeless.
Their gigs in 2017 once again received a lot of interest and rave reviews. The band recorded the single Wake Up in 2017 on Eric's 77 label as well as writing a total new set of songs for their live set.
The songs also got rave reviews and the idea of an album was thrown out there. AWAKE - A well travelled monster
In 2018 the band recorded the album AWAKE in Catalyst Studios in St Helens Merseyside however ran out of time to do the final finishing touches. The Glee Boys where then invited to the Gold Coast in Australia where they added additional vocals and guitars to complete the recording.
The album was then sent to mix in Amman Jordon to Liverpool engineer David Scott who did a fantastic job on it. Once the mixing was complete the album headed to Germany for mastering before finally back home to the UK to manufacture.
Weird coincidence - in the studio in Australia the engineer introduced the boys to Gerry & The Pacemakers guitarist Joe McLachlan and they convinced him to play on a few of the tracks.
The Glee Boys line up currently are founder Carl Eaton - Vocals (Always The Now, Demigods of Bedlam) - Guitarist - Mike Mooney (Echo & The Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, Spiritualized). Bass Monster - Phil Hartley (Super Fast Girlie Show, Space). Drums - Mark Robson (Rain, Psycamesh)
The band only perform a handful of hit and run gigs each year for the lucky few who manage to catch them live. In 2 years they have built a new audience, a new sound and a reputation for song writing.
The Album 'Awake' was launched on December 8th 2019 at District Club, Jordan Street, Liverpool.