Abrasive Wheels lineup 2Abrasive Wheels


Formed: Leeds, England, Yorkshire, UK

Biography / Lineups / Discography


These hardcore merchants from Leeds were amongst the most popular and musically adept of the UK82 bands, lagging not far behind Vice Squad and Anti-Pasti in terms of record sales. Like those bands, though, popularity didn't breed longevity, and their attempts to expand their repertoire killed them off. From 1981-1984, though, they were a great band, arguably the best on Riot City, and that does include Vice Squad and The Varukers. OK, that isn't saying much, admittedly, but they had a heck of lot more going for them than losers like The Ejected.

Abrasive Wheels - ABW EP Re-Release PosterAbrasive Wheels Vicious Circle PosterAbrasive Wheels ‎– When The Punks Go Marching In! Advert

Their Riot City recordings offer ramalama anti-system/rebellion lyrics, blazing roughed-up barre-chords, indecipherable shouted vocals, fairly basic production values, and great songs. They then moved to Clay and went "pop". 1984's Banner Of Hope 7" owed a lot to The Alarm. On their ambitious sophomore album Black Leather Girl (1984) they wanted to do something other than simply shout 'n' blare, but found their fans were not ready to let them.

Abrasive Wheels Punk Lives Issue 9Abrasive Wheels 1983

ABOVE: From Punk Lives. Click to enlarge.

Abrasive Wheels Jailhouse Rock AdvertAbrasive Wheels - Banner Of Hope AdvertAbrasive Wheels - Black Leather Girl Advert

They reactivated in the early noughties and continue to gig and record sporadically with a vastly altered line-up, following up a CD EP (Nothing To Prove) with a download-only single and a new album, 2009's Skum.

Shonna - vocals
Dave Ryan - guitar
Dave Hawkridge - bass
Mark Holmes - drums

Shonna - vocals
Dave Ryan - guitar
Harry - bass
Nev - drums

Eden Townsley - guitar, vocals
Steve Popplewell - guitar, vocals
Chris Bertram - bass, vocals
Steve 'Skruff' Owen - drums, vocals

Abrasive Wheels Live in Berlin



Singles / Albums

Abrasive Wheels - ABW EP Abrasive Wheels - Viciious Circle
Abrasive Wheels - Burn Em Down Abrasive Wheels ‎– When The Punks Go Marching In ! Abrasive Wheels - Jailhouse Rock / Sonic Omen
ABW EP (7", 1981) Vicious Circle EP
(7", 1982)
Burn 'Em Down
(7", 1982)
When The Punks Go Marching In!
(LP, 1982)
Jailhouse Rock
(7", 1983)
Abrasive Wheels - Banner Of Hope Abrasive Wheels - Black Leather Girl Abrasive Wheels - The Prisoner Abrasive Wheels - Nothing To Prove Abrasive Wheels - Maybe Tomorrow
Banner Of Hope
(7", 1983)
Black Leather Girl
(LP, 1984)
The Prisoner
(7"/12", 1984)
Nothing To Prove (CDS, 2006) Maybe Tomorrow (mp3, 2007)
Abrasive Wheels - Skum: When The Punks Go Marching In Volume 2        
Skum: When The Punks Go Marching In Volume 2
(CD, 2009)

Extraneous Releases

Abrasive Wheels - Captured Live! Abrasive Wheels ‎– The Punk Singles Collection Abrasive Wheels ‎– The Riot City Years 1981 - 1982 Abrasive Wheels - 2004 Demo  
Captured Live
(Tape, 1983)
The Punk Singles Collection
(LP/CD, 1995)
The Riot City Years 1981-1982
(CD, 2003)
2004 Demo (LP)  


Various Artists

Punk And Disorderly UK LP 1982 (Abstract Sounds): The Army Song

Riotous Assembly UK LP 1982 (Riot City): Criminal Youth

Punk And Disorderly - Further Charges UK LP 1982 (Anagram): Vicious Circle

Punk And Disorderly III - The Final Solution UK LP 1983 (Anagram): Burn 'Em Down

Life's A Riot...With Riot City Records: A History, 1980-84 UK LP 1985 (Riot City): Vicious Circle / Burn Em Down

Viva La Revolution UK 2xLP 1985 (Cambra Sound): Sonic Omen

Seeds IV: Punk UK LP 1987 (Cherry Red): The Army Song

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie - Out! Out! Out! UK LP 1987 (Anagram): Burn 'Em Down

Driven To Death UK LP 1990 (Clay): Sonic Omen / Nineteen / Law Of The Jungle / Black Leather Girl

Riot City Records- Punk Singles Collection UK CD 1993 (Anagram): The Army Song / Vicious Circle / Burn 'Em Down

Riot City Records- Punk Singles Collection Volume 2 UK CD 1995 (Anagram): Voice Of Youth / Juvenile / Urban Rebel

Shoulder To Shoulder - Oi! 'N' Punkrock Classics Vol 3 LP 1990s (Street Kids): The Army Song

Still Our Future Your Messing Up UK LP/CD 2009 (Vile): Fight The Enemy / Skum


Abrasive.com - Official web presence


You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:



Back To Top