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King's Lynn punk band The Sea Cadets release their second album

By Lynn News Reporter

Lynn band The Sea Cadets have reunited to produce their second album, which will be released in early January.

Gary Blatch and Rob Rix have teamed up with Rural Tension Records for their new album which includes a love song to Lynn called ‘Born by the Ouse’ and a reminiscing piece about performing as the Exploding Hamsters at the West Runton Pavilion, an iconic and long gone Norfolk venue.

There are 12 songs on the album in total, which follows the band’s first album, Sail Again, which was released in August 2014.

Rob Rix of the Sea Cadets playing the bass guitar (5681971)
Rob Rix of the Sea Cadets playing the bass guitar (5681971)

After their first album was launched, The Sea Cadets were played on Radio Norfolk Introducing and on BBC 6Music by broadcaster Tom Robinson.

Speaking about the new album, band member Rob Rix, who plays the bass guitar, said: “We were originally formed in the 1980s following the implosion of the Lynn punk band, the Exploding Hamsters. We had a 30 year hiatus after Gary moved to Southend, but we got in touch four years ago and started again.

“This latest album is our middle-aged crisis meanderings. We were playing around with stuff for a little while and this album got us playing music again.”

The Sea Cadets' new album 'Here come The Sea Cadets' (5657119)
The Sea Cadets' new album 'Here come The Sea Cadets' (5657119)

Mr Rix spoke of his fondness for the track entitled ‘Hamsters are playing’ as he recalled a coach party travelling from Lynn to West Runton to see the late 70s band perform. This song, which is the third track on the album, remembers that day.

“We got a bit of a local following as the Exploding Hamsters and took 45 to 55 people down to Runton from Lynn. We played at the West Runton Pavilion three weeks after Simple Minds had played there when no-one had heard of them at the time and ended up attracting more people than them because of our coach party,” said Mr Rix.

Gary and Rob have been friends since the age of 11 where they met at King Edward VII Grammar School through their common interest in music. One song on the new album features Graham Cooke playing lead guitar.

Gary Blatch
Gary Blatch


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