"No band in the UK deserves more credit than UK DECAY for what they did in the early years of the Goth scene, which may have struggled to expand were it not for their activities, endlessly touring, always helping bands, networking benevolently before networking was a concept. The help they offered other bands was as immense as their inspirational sound." Mick Mercer
Formed during the spring of 1979, UK Decay released the ‘Split Single’ 7” on their own Plastic Records label. The 'Split Single' sold extremely well, mainly thanks to a damning review in the NME, whose Danny Baker and Charles Shaar Murray described them as "one of the worst punk bands of all time".
Next was the band's Black Cat EP, in early 1980, which made the UK Indie Chart for three weeks, getting to No. 42.
"For My Country"(Sept 80), gained airplay from John Peel (for whom they would record two sessions). It spent eight months in the indie chart reaching No. 13. Next was a major UK tour with US punks, the Dead Kennedys. In 1981 two further singles, "Unexpected Guest" and "Sexual", were released, the former achieving the band’s highest Indie chart at No. 4, paving the way for UK Decay’s debut album, ‘For Madmen Only’.
Following a US tour in 81, Eddie 'Dutch' Branch (AKA 'Twiggy') from Northampton joined on bass.
“The Rising From The Dead” 12" came out on Crass's Corpus Christi label in August 82. However, despite a strong showing in the independent charts and an ever-expanding fanbase, UK Decay split up in December 1982. A posthumous live album, A Night For Celebration, was released during the summer of 1983.
UK Decay were arguably a major influence on the emerging Postpunk and Goth movements that still resonate today. The band had a major role in developing these scenes, but had ceased to exist by the time these other bands started getting serious press coverage and sales.
In 2008 UK Decay reformed for a reunion gig in the UK and to headline a major gig in Portugal. There was a short tour of Italy, April 09, WGT, June 09 and an appearance at the Rebellion Punk Festival 09.
August 2009 also saw the long awaited reissue of the ‘For Madmen Only’ album, the ‘Rising from the Dead’ 12" and other singles on CD and download.
On Sunday August 28th 2011, the band will headline at Italy's major goth and industrial bash, The Moonlight Festival. Following that is the 'Black December' festival at Keighley, Yorkshire on Saturday December 10th.
The band are currently writing material for a new album with an expected release date of early 2012.