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Storm Bugs were formed by Philip Sanderson and Steven Ball in 1978 and have been described as "the spiritual forefathers to Oval and today's Clicks & Cuts generation". Between 1978 and 1981 Storm Bugs released two singles (the Table Matters EP on Loop records and Tin on L'invitation au Suicide) and a number of cassettes on the Snatch Tapes label.

The finer moments from these recording were compiled on the CD Lets Go Outside and Get it Over released on Snatch Tapes in 2001 (excerpts from reviews here), the 2005 LP Up the Middle Down the Sides on Fusetron (read The Sound Projector review here) and the Supplementary Benefit LP on Vinyl on Demand (read The Sound Projector review here).

1980's A Safe Substitute cassette was re-released on blood red vinyl (to match the colour of the original tape) by our good friends at Harbinger Sound. Remastered from the original tape, the LP, now sold out, was limited to 250 numbered copies and included a reproduction of the original tape sleeve as well as extensive liner notes.

These releases are available through Fusetron, Die Stadt, Vinyl on Demand and other fine audio outlets.

Bugs are Back, recent recordings and live shows
In 2002 the outfit issued its first new material in 20 years, the 4 track 7 inch EP The Bugs are Back on klanggalerie. Limited to 100 copies this pressing is now officially deleted. Adverse Effect magazine (Vol.III. #1, Late Summer 2003 edition) cover CD FDCD65 feature
d the Storm Bugs track Internal Use Only.

The Bugs are Back EP is now available on Bandcamp with extra tracks Side Roads and One Hit Wonder, which were recorded around the same time as the EP as well as Internal Use Only.

Storm Bugs played live for the first time in 30 years or so at the Rammel Weekender in Nottingham on 10 March 2012. The Wire's Derek Walmsley described the performance as "...everything that's right about the weekend...".

On 7 July 2012 Storm Bugs played at Abject Bloc at Limehouse Town Hall. Here is the first half of the set: a slice of live by Storm Bugs


In September 2013 Storm Bugs released the download only single No Nothingness.


In November 2014 the Storm Bugs European Tour took the lads to Instant Chavires in Paris and De Kreun in Kortktijk, Belgium.

In July 2015 HKY502 was released on Bandcamp and features two live favourites Portapak and Hisstory (of the cassette tape).

HKY502, No Nothingness, A Safe Substitute, Table Matters, Metamorphose, The Bugs are Back and more, including extra and previously unreleased tracks are now available at Bandcamp

Snatch Tapes
Snatch Tapes was the label created by founding Storm Bugs member Philip Sanderson. Snatch Tapes was responsible for bringing us a number of the first releases by David Jackman (of Organum fame of course) as well as three Snatch Tape compilations (which included such luminaries as the Lemon Kittens and Alien Brains), a number of Storm Bugs tapes and Reprint by Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey. A full discography is to be found at Snatch Tapes.

Storm Bugs are Philip Sanderson and Steven Ball. These links contain information about their artistic activities both collaboratively and individually, including the Apostrophe S series of films.

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