Red Lorry Yellow Lorry is a British Gothic rock band, originally from Leeds, England. The group is formed in 1982 around Chris Reed. Quickly, the first demos lead to recordings, and John Peel takes an interest in their work and supports it. The band's music, from the beginning, was marked by guitar tones, the singer's deep voice, and texts expressing anguish or terror.
The group's first album was made in 1985, after several European tours. In 2004, the band reformed for a tour and then continued their career.
The group is formed by guitarist Chris Reed and vocalist Mark Sweeney, alongside bassist Steve Smith and drummer Mick Brown (who will later join The Mission). Sweeney leaves the group at the end of 1981; Reed becomes a permanent vocalist, and Martin Fagan joins them as a second guitarist. Due to the musical style of the Lorries (as the fans call them), the band has become famous on the gothic rock scene by pop reporters, even if it denies having associated or inspired by Wire>, and says "take inspiration mainly from MC5" .
In 1982, the Lorries' artistic agent, Dave Hall, will give the independent label Red Rhino Records an audio cassette composed of the group's demos. Impressed by the sound quality, Red Rhino director Tony K (Tony Kostrzewa)> signs the band and immediately publishes Beating My Head as the first single of the Red Lorry Yellow Lorry>. The piece reaches the rankings of the British magazine NME. Fagan and Smith then leave the group, and are replaced by Dave Wolfenden and Paul Southern, respectively. Shortly after, the Southern bassist is replaced by Leon Phillips. In 1983 and 1984, the group released more singles (including He's Read and Monkeys on Juice, which reached ninth place in the NME indie chart). John Peel is one of their first fans, with whom they will record sessions in March and November 1983 >>> (published on CD in 2014 under the title BBC Sessions 1983 - 1984, from the trilogy of the See the Fire compilations ).