It all started back in June 2017, when Sue decided it would be fun to form a band involving participants at the Musication course, held at Tang Hall SMART on a Friday afternoon. Musication employs a ‘recovery-through-music’ approach, and targets adults with multiple problems such as homelessness, addiction, and mental health difficulties. The first manifestation of this was Resistance. The York Press published this report.
One of the early band members, Sin Bad, then received Press coverage in his own right as he was living in a tent on the A64 at the time. Sin Bad recorded his own single, "A Dying Man Lies Homeless" with Resistance band members Sue and Neil joining him on sax and keys respectively.
Resistance played two gigs, one at the FEVA festival in Knaresborough in August 2017, then the other at York Barbican in November 2017 which was reported in The Press.
They released one CD, The 4AM EP; just a short print of 50 that quickly sold old. Some of the tracks are still available on the Wasabi Fire Alarm soundcloud account and on the player on this website. The video above showcases the sound of Resistance.
Sin Bad left Resistance after the Barbican gig due to ill health, but also to pursue his individual recording career. Then in March 2018, Resistance decided to reform as Wasabi Fire Alarm with the 4 remaining band members – all that was needed was a change around of instruments so that Mike became the permanent drummer, Al the bass player, and D.Ni.L guitarist/keys. Sue remained as chief vocalist (although D.Ni.L now contributes backing vocals.
The name was D.Ni.L's idea, and apart from tripping off the tongue nicely, it hints at the way music can be a ‘wake-up’, a ‘life-saver’ even.
Wasabi Fire Alarm are mainly a rehearsal and recording band – but will perform occasional gigs; their first gig as a band, showcasing their new sound will be 30th June in York. Their mini album: “Two Fingers in a ‘V’” is due out towards the end of May 2018.