4 Past Midnight
4 Past Midnight (1989-1994, 1998-present): a Punk band from Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
he full story of 4 Past Midnight's past is a long and checkered story, one best saved for their autobiography.
Originally formed in April 1989, 4 Past Midnight burst into life and immediately began the long search for recognition. In 1990 the band released their first demo Start Of The Libration which consisted of 10 tracks. The demo was well received locally and the band got a few shows in their native Scotland as a result. Time passed and in 1992 the band recorded their next effort, Smash The Front, which again got fair reviews but little in the way of shows. In 1993 the band released Pain, Greed And Death, a release that followed the same pattern as the past efforts. Also released to try to help raise the band's profile even more was the Midnight Escapades 15 track cassette.
1994 saw some recognition in that the band was noticed by French Label 'One By One'. They released a single Get A Life Or Fuck Off (1995) but again very little work came the band's way. 1995 then saw 'Weird Records' in the UK release The Fears We Hide and yet again despite good reviews nobody wanted to offer the band shows. At this point the band decided to call it a day and split up.
1998 came along and renewed interest in the band prompted them to have a last shot at doing something in the punk scene. They changed their name to Trickshot to try a different approach but this proved unpopular and they soon reverted back to 4 Past Midnight. The band recorded The Ruff Demo and also released The Best And The Worst Of 4PM. Now, fresh gigs were being offered, but that reprieve was brief for 1999 saw the release on 'Smokin Troll' records UK of the band's debut CD Jesus Christ Its 4PM Again, another disc with fair reviews but little follow-up.
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After a couple of years of not really knowing what to do or where to go, 2002 saw the band hook up with 'S.T.P' in the UK for a final assault on the scene. Early 2003 saw two self financed releases, Mental Ward EP and Punkology The Collection 89-03 CD-R compilation. Good reviews and shows followed, seeing the band undertake their debut UK tour as well as playing alongside the likes of Vice Squad, Anti Nowhere League, etc. under the membership of (at time of writing) Wullie (bass/vocals), Pete (drums/vocals), Fred (guitar/vocals).
Their album release of Trials And Tribulations (2004) and Guilty As Charged (2012) would follow. The act then signed to a new label where they released Life On The Inside (2013) and Battle Scars & Broken Hearts (2017).
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