Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds are a first-wave punk band formed in sunless Manchester by singer and one-time Slaughter and the Dogs roadie Ed Garrity all the way back in 1976.
They have the dubious distinction of being most famous for the success of their former members. The Smiths (and solo) crooner Morrissey and The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy both briefly did stints in the band. After splitting up in the late ’70s, original singer Ed Banger reformed the group in 2013.
Now going by Edweena and living live as a woman and member of the trans community, Banger leads the band that also includes founding Slaughter and the Dogs drummer Brian Grantham. The Nosebleeds are set to play the massive Rebellion Festival in Blackpool and plan to drop their new album, Revolution X, via X Records on August 4. It’s the follow-up to 2017’s Legal High and promises to be a high-energy punk and glam offering. Order the new record here, and listen to the lead track, “Bite Back Rock n Roll” below.
Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds’ first single, “Ain’t Been To No Music School,” was a popular anthem in 1977, and sold an impressive 10,000 copies. Banger also sang with a reconstituted version of Slaughter and the Dogs on their second studio LP, 1980’s Bite Back. She has had her hand in a number of other band and solo projects over the last four decades.