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Department S are a London based post-punk/new wave band originally formed in 1980. The band, featuring vocalist Vaughn Toulouse, keyboard player Eddie Roxy and guitarist Mike Herbage, released three singles and recorded one album, Sub-Stance. Debut single Is Vic There? charted in the UK at number 22 and saw the band make 3 appearances on Top Of The Pops. Subsequent Stiff Records single Going Left Right also charted, while 3rdsingle I Want was a hit in many European countries. The band split in 1982.
Department S reconvened in 2006, with Eddie taking vocal duties following the untimely death of Vaughn Toulouse in 1991. In February 2007 the band recorded their first new single for twenty-six years, a cover version of Alvin Stardust's 1973 hit My Coo-Ca-Choo. This was followed later that year by the critically acclaimed live in the studio LP Mr Nutley’s Strange Delusionarium.
Department S have built up a reputation as being a must-see live band and have subsequently played festival dates across Europe, including Glastonbury, Benicassim, Rebellion, Rewind, Great British Alternative Music Festival and Sinner’s Day.
Their 2010 single Wonderful Day featured on a TV commercial and featured guest appearances from Marco Pirroni and Glen Matlock. Following this, ex-Public Image Limited, Cowboys International and Brian Brain bassist Pete Jones joined the band on a permanent basis.
2017 sees the release of the third Department S album When All Is Said and All Is Done on the Guinness Record breaking Nub Music label.
The current line-up of the band is:
Eddie Roxy-lead vocals
Pete Jones- bass guitar and backing vocals
Alexander Lutes (ex-FMB, Night Nurse)- Drums
Phil Thompson- Guitar and backing vocals
Original guitarist Mike Herbage is still in the band’s orbit, having co-written two of the tracks on the band’s new album. Future Herbage live and studio appearances with the band have by no means been ruled out!
“Not many bands come back from their glory days sounding fresher than they originally did, but 1980 new wave punks Department S have finally released their new album after reforming quietly in 2007, and have hit pay dirt.”
Vive Le Rock
“Old school genius!”
(of new album When All Is Said and All Is Done) “… gets better and better with every listen”