King Prawn ready for Slam Dunk 2013 comeback

22:11 15 May 2013

Slam Dunk Festival 2013 stage line-up poster for Leeds, University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield and Wolverhampton

Slam Dunk Festival 2013 stage line-up poster for Leeds, University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield and Wolverhampton

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AS the final countdown begins to Slam Dunk Festival 2013, Welwyn Hatfield Times reporter Ewan Foskett talks to ska punk legends King Prawn.

LEGENDARY ska punks King Prawn will play their first gig in 10 years on their 20th anniversary at next week’s Slam Dunk Festival.

The eclectic seven-piece received plaudits in their late-90s pomp, but folded in 2003.

Now the band members have reformed and are ready to start “tearing up” the live scene.

Starting with touring festival Slam Dunk, which visits the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield on Sunday, May 26.

Roger Hands – formerly known as Devil Hands – told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “[The crowd] can expect us to be as fast, funky and fierce as ever.

“We have extended the line-up, we have a couple of extra members on board.

“We are a seven-piece and we have a three-piece brass section.

“The set is going to be a lot of old favourites, we are not going to bore people, expecting them to listen to our new material.”

Slam Dunk will feature more than 40 bands at the Forum Hertfordshire in College Lane, with Roger singling out The Skints as ones to watch.

“I have never seen them but I have heard quite a few good things about them,” he said.

The guitarist admitted he had not played live in a decade but said he was not worried about dusting off his six string.

He said things have changed for the better since King Prawn formed in 1993 and looks forward to getting stuck in.

“There are more people going to the gigs, when we first started we would play to 15 people a night, and most of them were are mates,” the North Londoner, 48, said.

“There is certainly more of a live scene, everything has changed, people are not selling records any more and bands are older.

“I never thought we would still be playing in our 40s.”

Oddly the band has its roots in Herts, with Roger and singer Al starting their musical career in St Albans.

The duo were in Channel Zero that played in the county, before they formed King Prawn in 1993. In an almost perfect act of symmetry, the band’s second wind has started near where it all began.

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