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PINK CIGAR shoot their 'Generation
Next EP' over the internet
After an extremely busy and exciting
year with over 120 gigs and shows
under their belts, radio interviews
and general Pink Cigar antics, the
boys from Ladbroke Grove are ready to
unleash the Generation Next Demo EP.
With its national release set for
January 2012, the Generation Next Demo
EP will firmly establish these boys as
one of London's best and exciting new
bands, bringing them to the forefront
with their high energy, glamorous and
highly contagious rock & roll!
Pink Cigar are currently an
Independent band looking for a label
and booking agency to bring their
heavy blues riffs and high energy,
infectious brand of rock & roll to the
rest of the UK and beyond .
Having already taken London by storm,
playing at some of the best venues in
and around London and the southeast,
Sam Rutland (Bass), Edd Whyte (Lead
Guitar), Sam 'Sharkie' Cottrell (Lead
Vocals) and Sid Mayall (Drums) are by
preparing to venture further afield on
a mini tour in the New Year. Expect
dates in Manchester, Liverpool
Birmingham and Bristol to be announced
The Generation Next Demo EP, Featuring
Generation Next, Strange and Lady
Killer is available to buy from
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Punk Globe Mag. Jan 2011
St Moritz Club Wardour St
London NYE 2011
Deadboy Michael Goes to his local watering hole to
find there's a band playing after Midnight.
Its a band, have a- - - - "PINK CIGAR" !
I wanted a semi quiet New Years with old friends
so I headed down to see Max & Rodger at The St
Moritz a Club that has been going solid since
1963, with the same owner and ambiance you can
expect from a long running club that has seen
everything musical history has to offer.
The night was full of friends and old regulars
that flew in from OZ New Zealand New York LA etc.
that just had enough of their families to come to
the Moritz, not to mention the London regulars. As
we toasted in the New Year we heard a strange
noise from the dance floor, then of all things a
Happy New Years were called, PINK CIGAR were told.
Amused we went to see what a PINK CIGAR is all
about. The Club must have literally filled up as
we were talking away amongst ourselves as we had
to push our way forward through the crowd.The more
chords and riffs I heard the more I pushed to see
what the fuss was about. Whoops right into the
mosh pit for a minute I thought I was back at
CBGB's and there was "PINK CIGAR" bashing out
Melodic Chords with powerful lyrics pleasing to
the ears and feet. Sort of like The Dolls and Dogs
du Muir with a hint of The Stooges in the mix.
The energy and power of this band were astounding,
the band were confident has the crowd in front of
the stage danced and moshed while the gentler of
their following were singing the lyrics at the
After the show I managed to meet Pink Cigars
guitarist who introduced himself as EDD WHYTE ,
Edd also introduced me to their eccentric and
powerful vocalist SHARKIE COTTRELL from Bristol,
then on to the rest of the Ladbroke Grove lads SAM
RUTLAND bass guitar and Sid Mayall drums. After
further interrogation I found out before Sharkie
came along the band use to back punk underground
legend STEVE DIOR of "The London Cowboys" fame.
When the band met Sharkie and heard his voice they
decided to do their own thing, and that, they do
well! This is one high energy rock and roll band
to look out for in 2011.
Uber Rock Mag. May 2011
Shambling onto the Underworld's tiny stage to the
soundtrack of Ratt's 'Round And Round', Ladbroke
Grove reprobates Pink Cigar actually look like the
result of a drunken looting of the guys local St
David's Foundation shop, all fake fur and curtain
material, but boy don't they look fabulous.
Pouting and preening singer Sharkie Cottrell may
have studied the David Johansen book of stage
swagger in its minutia but he can't hide that
Minehead Rd tattoo on his arm or the BS34 patois
through which he delivers his between song banter,
and it's that rough and ready 'don't give a fuck'
charm that quickly has the fast growing crowd
leaping around like idiots. Think what it must
have been like to witness the Hollywood Brats live
back in '72, smear that image with a little bit of
Generation XXX spunk and you have a band ready to
change the face of music as we know it.
You know, I'm actually a little bit ashamed to say
that I hadn't heard of Pink Cigar before tonight,
but mark my words we're going to hearing a hell of
a lot more about them before the year is out...Now
send us a CD to review ya fuckers!!!!!
MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS
Notting Hill Arts Club
7th September 2011
It's not often that you get the chance to witness
two gigs in one evening and certainly not that
often that you can actually be bothered to do so.
However tonight was an exception. Having seen
country and western legend Dolly Parton earlier in
the evening at the O2 Arena (yes, you did read
that right, I was there on the blag and although
she's got her knockers, I actually thought she was
great), I decided to stop off at the trendy
Notting Hill Arts Club en route towards home
because the rather splendid Pink Cigar were
playing just before midnight.
I first witnessed Ladbroke Grove rockers Pink
Cigar earlier this year when they supported the
Heavy Metal Kids at the Camden Underworld and was
immediately hooked by their youthful enthusiam of
high energized sleazy gutter rock which contains
the phelgm of Iggy Pop And The Stooges, New York
Dolls, Faster Pussycat or even the Dogs D'Amour.
The Arts club is packed to the rafters with uber
trendy students all hell bent on having a good
time. A DJ is providing some cool sounds and
looking at the audience I was wondering if they
would give a passing toss when Pink Cigar would
come on stage, but boy, how wrong was I? The band
grabbed the venue by the balls and the place was
With only a tiny stage to perform on, the band
were cock sure of giving a perfromance to
remember. The Arts Club is split into two areas
and it didn't take long for the live music room to
fill up. Soon people were falling over the bands
monitors, knocking over microphone stands and even
some stray middle aged woman, who had obviously
had a few too many gins, clamboured up on stage to
grab hold of singer Sharkie Cottrell who with
tongue in cheek informed everyone that she was in
fact his Mother who enjoyed her time in the
spotlight for a few numbers.
It was choas near the front and from the side from
where I was watching, it was a bit like watching a
young Guns 'N Roses at the Roxy. Sharkie has a
voice similar to Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat
(who ironically they support at the end of the
month), drummer Sid Mayall is safely at the back
from the animated characters of Johnny Thunders
lookalike guitarist Edd Whyte who comes up with
some cool original riffs and bassist Sam Rutland
who at times almost headbutts the ceiling when he
was pogoing away.
There's a good mixture of sounds in the set. Full
on rockers such as 'Dreaming Of Love' and 'Hot Dog
By The River', but the band really shine when they
go for a different groove on the strutting
'Strange' or the excellent flamenco razzle of
'Gypsy' or the real howling grower 'Throat'.
Pink Cigar wanted to play on, and the arty crowd
was begging for more but the man on the sound desk
was frantically calling cut with an imaginary
knife across his throat before the place turned
into a riot. Tonight's show was that good.
Pink Cigar are one of the hottest new bands out
there at the moment. Don't be too surprised if
they blow Faster Pussycat off the stage at the
Camden Underworld on October 29th. I've said this
before and I'll say it again, all the women will
be putting their numbers up on Pink Cigar's own
bathroom wall that night.
Put a pink cigar in your mouth and smoke it baby
because the Pink Cigar are fully loaded.
Dreaming Of Love
Hot Dog By The River
Hornet/ Pink Cigar /Enteric
- London, Soho, The Intrepid
Fox - 10th November 2011
Pink Cigar were up next and already I could tell I
was in for a good night, from the anarchic vocal
style from Skarkie Cottrell and true rock grit
from Edd Whyte on guitar. Sam Rutland on bass and
Sid Mayall on drums had that bit of shine expected
of a no nonsense 10 pints, let's have a punch up
on Brighton beach band that really caught the feel
of their audience. Having to deal with stick from
some minor technical issues they came through
bloodied and beaten just as you should with
punters smashing the hell out of each other at the
front of the stage and exactly what you should
expect from an up and coming rock band! Their look
was great, Sharkie sporting a look crossed with
Mick Jagger and Alice Cooper and the rest in a
classic rock rag giving them a sense of
lawlessness and raw bravado that really sealed
there group nicely.
Flash Tight Pockets
Greetings viewers & passers by. Welcome to the
written blog of a life spent travelling the length
& breadth of the country,following rock'n'roll
bands; some good,some great & some outrageously
shite. Chin chin.
Oh baby! There's a noise coming out of London &
you'd better brace yourselves, 'cause it's heading
your way & there ain't a goddamn thing you can do
This mighty behemoth of rock'n'roll noise goes by
the name of Pink Cigar & they were supporting the
Heavy Metal Kids at the Camden Underworld when
Madame Tightpocket & me were fortunate enough to
catch 'em both on the same bill.
Little did we know what we were in for when we
headed from the boozer to the gig & saw a few long
haired degenerates loitering outside the venue in
ripped leather pants, fur coats & smudged mascara.
For it was they, OH YES INDEED MATEY, it was they
who treated us to the most wonderful filthy,
sleazy, rock'n'roll noise that you are likely to
The singer, 'Sharkie' is a front man in the
truest sense of the word. He's got more front than
Brighton & he's a complete natural. Bloody hell, I
bet this guy was performing the moment he left the
womb. The guitarist; known to the English speaking
world as Ed, looks like the bastard offspring of
Jo Dog, Johnny T & the great Brady. But baby, can
this boy play. Make no bones my dears, in a few
years time this guy will be on the front of every
guitar magazine known to man. Geeetar hero, is the
phrase I think you were looking for my little
The beauty in watching these boys; is that they
don't belong to any genre, nor do they want to.
They just do what comes naturally. There's nothing
contrived about 'em, they're not dressing up or
trying to be something they're not. They're just
being themselves & boy does that work.
God forgive me, but I can't remember the names of
any of their songs.(It was the first time I'd seen
'em). Boys, do let me know where I can get hold of
some of your tunes. PLEEEZE.
They seem to be playing every place in London
that has a plug point at the moment. So when do we
get to see you in the north fellas? It's cost the
breadknife & me a bleedin mint travelling to &
from London in recent weeks.
It's so comforting to know that the future of
dirty assed rock'n'roll is in the safest of
Boys & girls, remember the name, because you're
gonna be hearing it a lot more in the not too
PINK CIGAR are SMOKIN!!!!!
Chin chin my dears.
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