Court Martial, Bristol, England

Formed: Bristol, England, UK, as The Zeds

Court Martial - Riot City Punk Band from Bristol

Alex McPherson - Vocals
Simon 'Sime' Burrough - Guitar
Richard Braybrooke - Bass
John Zalokoski - Drums
Ian Burrough - Drums

Court Martial was a minor fixture on the punk circuit in 1982, scoring an Indie hit that year with the first of their two Riot City singles, the scampering Gotta Get Out EP. Musically they were more 77-stylee, but without any discernable talent, and although vocalist Alex was suitably snotty, he was a hopeless singer. Still, the aforementioned EP is charming.

Originally called The Zeds, changed to Court Martial when Ian replaced John on drums.

They were formed in late 1979, while they still were at school. The first few gigs they played were at local youth clubs, before branching out to support Vice Squad and Chelsea at larger venues. Court Martial were also present at the Trinity Hall Bristol punk festival. Shortly after they recorded their demo tape they got signed with Riot City Records. The line-up is Alex - Vocals, Simon - Lead/vocals, Richard - Bass/vocals and Ian - Drums, and also a guy called Brian Wright who is their manager and does the job well.

They recorded three demo tapes. Three tracks from the third demo were used for the 'Gotta Get Out EP', with a fourth track ('Your War') used on the Riot City compilation LP Riotous Assembly in a slightly different mix. Their influences come from early punk bands like the Sex Pistols and The Clash. A second single, No Solution EP, did not fare as well as the first and proved to be their last.

(Most of the info above adapted from text supplied of Henk at UK82)



Singles & Albums

Court Martial - Gotta Get Out EP

Gotta Get Out EP (7", 1982)

Court Martial - No Solution EP No Solution EP (7", 1982)


Court Martial - 1st Demo1st Demo (Tape, 1981)

Court Martial - 2nd Demo2nd Demo (Tape, 1981)

Court Martial - 3rd Demo 3rd Demo (Tape, 1981)

Extraneous Releases

Court Martial - Your War EPYour War EP (MP3, 2009)

Court Martial - Demos & Singles 81 / 82Demos & Singles 81 / 82 (LP, 2015)

Various Artists

Riotous Assembly UK LP 1982 (Riot City): Your War

Punk And Disorderly - Further Charges UK LP 1983 (Anagram): Gotta Get Out

Life's A Riot...With Riot City Records: A History, 1980-84 UK LP 1985 (Riot City): Gotta Get Out

From The Vaults UK Tape (Archive Audio): tracks not known

Riot City Records- Punk Singles Collection UK CD 1993 (Anagram): Gotta Get Out / No Solution

Riot City Records- Punk Singles Collection Volume Two UK CD 1995 (Anagram): Fight For Your Life / Too Late

Riot City Italy LP 1996 (Get Back): Young Offender / Take Control



Bristol Archive Records - Great bio here




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