Added Dec 2004


Working out of Boston Lincolnshire, commercial rock band The Past formed originally in the late Autumn of 2003, just as the three founder members left Boston College, having qualified in all aspects of Modern Rock Music at BTec (Distinction) level after a two year course (writing, performing, recording, producing, staging and business modules). Early 2004 was a busy period with regard to club and rock venue gigs, with the band travelling widely over East England and London, performing at two Summer festivals and starting to build a loyal fanbase. Further progress was unexpectedly curtailed with the surprise departure in late July 2004 of then drummer, Chris Hempsall, who made his final appearance with the band at the 2004 Boston Party in the Park.

A new drummer was finally found in November 2004 and the band spent several months writing and rehearsing a new show for 2005. The band is now touring regularly and kicked off the 2005 gig campaign in February with a live session appearance on the BBC's " The Mix. Now handled by Rob Fabian at AngaManagement the band is travelling to gigs all over the UK and getting rave reviews wherever they play.

The current lineup consists of Neil Burden (Lead Vocals/ Keyboards/ Guitar) aged 20; James Bastow (Lead Guitar/ Vocals) aged 20; Piers Angove (Bass/ Vocals) also aged 20; and Alex Flanagan (Drums/ Vocals) aged 18. Alex has just graduated from a 2 year BTec in Performing Arts at Boston College.

Every member of the band is a multi-instrumentalist, each able to perform on guitars, bass, keyboards and drums. Every musician is well capable of taking lead vocals and many songs feature harmony vocals. The main songwriters in the band are Neil and James, but both Piers and Alex also contribute original songs for the band, giving a wide spread of styles and influences to The Past's musical catalogue. As demonstrated during the recent BBC live session, the band is equally able to perform proficiently in "electric" or "unplugged" shows.

Neil was previously Principal Vocalist with the Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra and James was Lead Guitarist with the same big band ensemble. Piers, son of well-known veteran bassist Adrian Angove of "Leo Sayer", "Crimson Ice" and "Count Me Out" fame, was previously bassist and lead vocalist with Indie band "Over the Edge". Alex was the original drummer with Spalding band "Denver's Ponies".

The band's debut demo "Close your Eyes" was recently recorded at the highly regarded Chapel Studios (where Darkness recorded their debut album "Permission to Land") and using the same technical staff as Darkness. Recently mastered at Sound Recording Technology and released in March, local sales of the EP CD are already exceeding expectations.

Aug 2005 News

Having steered their way through two previous rounds as last minute replacements for a no-show band, Boston rock group The Past stormed through the semi-final stage of a Battle of the Bands at Sawyers, Kettering on Thursday in magnificent style, but minus charismatic lead vocalist/ frontman and keyboard player Neil Burden who was holidaying in the Caribbean. All lead vocals for the night were covered by guitarist James Bastow against a stiff opposition from Kettering band "False:Impression". The band appeared on this occasion under the jokey name "Los Trios Pastos" and Neil was represented by a tailor's dummy placed at the side of the stage.

The competition prize is three days in Beck's recording studio and a champagne press launch of the CD. Any support from Past fans in Boston at the Grand Final in Kettering on 11 August 2005, when they will be pitted against local favourites "The Raiders", will be welcomed ( please contact the band at their website if transport to and from Kettering is wanted) . The Past will be back to their regular four man line-up for the final when Neil flies in from Miami the day before the crucial appearance.

The competition is an unusual format with both bands set up on two stages facing each other across a crowded audience, each playing 3 x 15 minute alternate sets with changeovers on an airhorn...and points being deducted for failing to stop or start immediately on the horn sounding.

The Past were an unexpected resounding success at both the recent Boston Party in the Park and the RAF Digby Party in the Park and have already been rebooked to make further appearances at both events next year. The band's four-track CD "Close your Eyes" is available from the HMV store in Pescod Square, Boston and through the band's website.

Further details and individual musician biographies may be found on the band's website.

For more info visit The Past website ~ click below

To book The Past contact Rob Fabian at . The band is managed by Fat B*st*rd Management who can be contacted via