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Saturday March 18th, 2017

Soundtracking the Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

We're very happy to announce that we'll be working with Film Fringe again this year to develop another live composition responding to a classic of Soviet Cinema. This time we'll be working with Sergei Eisenstein's October: Ten Days That Shook the World and plan to tour the UK in late 2017 as part of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. More details to come!

Sunday 30th October, 2016

In Memory of Archie Benefit Gig

Our last gig of the year will be performing at the memorial gig for our good friend and sound engineer Archie who lost his life to cancer this year. All proceeds go to the wonderful people at St Gemma's Hospice, who provided care, support and advice to Archie during his illness.

More details at:

Monday 15th August 2016
Upcoming Gigs including with Sax Ruins

Hi Tankers,

We've got a couple of gigs booked in for the rest of the year including Leeds Beer Fest and Liverpool Psych Fest before we continue working on our award nominated live soundtracking performance for 2017. Also, we've been added to open up the bill for Sax Ruins (Japan) on Thursday so hope you can make it down.

18/08 Delius Arts And Cultural Centre, Bradford w/ Sax Ruins
10/09 Leeds Town Hall for Leeds International Beer Festival
23/09 Liverpool Psych Fest

Thursday June 30th, 2016
Live Film Soundtracking for Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

Very pleased to announce the live performances of the new project we've been working on: a live soundtrack to Dziga Vertov's experimental 1930's film 'Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass' for Yorkshire Silent Film Festival and Film Fringe.

Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbas, with live score by That Fucking Tank.

July 27th: Showroom, Sheffield
July 28th: Left Bank, Leeds

More details at and

Wednesday 24th February, 2016
UK Dates and China Tour 7-inch

We had a great time touring China at the end of last year, so much so that we've released a record that commemorates it. You can buy it from Gringo Records or Hot Salvation or at these gigs we'll be playing.

FRI 26TH FEB Wharf Chambers, Leeds w/ Esper Scout, Drifts, Crumbs

FRI 18TH MARCH New River Studios, London
SAT 19th MARCH 1:30pm: Hot Salvation, Folkestone
SAT 19th MARCH 9:30pm: Harbour Arm, Folkestone
SUN 19TH MARCH Portland Arms, Cambridge (MATINEE)

If you want to read Andy's reflections of the China tour then follow this link to Travel Tips for Underground Rock Bands Touring China.

Thursday 5th November, 2015
New Song Chumbawambanger and 7-inch Available

Check out a video for our new song Chumbawambanger from the 7-inch released by Gringo Records and Hot Salvation.

Pre-order now at Gringo Records and Hot Salvation.

Visuals by James Islip, edited by Andy Abbott.

We're rounding off 2015 with some gigs in China thanks to the great people at Vox, Wuhan.

Check out the lovely poster by Luke Drozd and the dates below.

27/11: School, Beijing
28/11: 7 Livehouse, Zhenzhou
29/11: VOX Hankou, Wuhan
01/12: VOX Wuchang, Wuhan
02/12: VOX, Xiangyang
04/12: Aperture, Xi'an
05/12: Nuts Club, Chongqing
06/12: Little Bar, Chengdu
08/12: Yuyintang, Shanghai

Tuesday 19th May, 2015
Dead Air Party

We're excited to announce the release of our new project Dead Air Party. Developed from our Silent Gigs with Yvonne Carmichael for Recon 2014 Dead Air Party is a unique live experience at the crossroads of an underground gig, participative performance and silent disco. We have events in Glasgow, Saltaire, Nottingham and London coming soon. See for details and tickets.

Friday 10th April, 2015
New Short Song

Hi Tankers, we've released a new song and video of us recording it in Whitewood Studios. If you buy the track to download the proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support which you can do below.

19th March, 2015

Dead Air Party and Gigs

Greetings Tankers and apologies for the internet silence. We've been busy writing, recording and developing our new project Dead Air Party - a development from our Silent Gigs with Yvonne Carmichael for Recon last year, which you can keep up to date with at this blog. Thanks to Sound and Music for support with this project.

We have a few That Fucking Tank gigs in the pipe that look a little something like this:

April 18th - Manchester Punk Festival, Sound Control, Manchester
April 25th - Sheffield Green Party fundraiser, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
May 2nd - The Birds Nest, Deptford, London
May 3rd - Arctangent warm-up gig, Stag & Hounds, Bristol
August 21st - ArcTangent Festival, Gloucester
September 18th - Warehouse 23, Wakefield w/ Milloy

September 30th, 2014
Tour Off

Big thanks to those that came and saw our Silent Gigs as part of Recon festival - they were pretty intense. We'll be going back to normal full volume for our UK tour with IEPI this month: dates below. We've also added a special headline gig at The Brudenell with invited favourites The Family Elan, Commiserations and special guests TBA.

9 Glasgow - 13th Note
10 Sunderland - Pop Recs
11 Middlesborough - Twisterella Festival (matinee)
11 Nottingham - Chameleon (evening)
12 London - The Old Blue Last
13 Bristol - Stag & Hounds
14 Cardiff - Moon Club
15 Exeter - Cavern Club
16 Worcester - Firefly
17 Birmingham - Flapper
18 Manchester - Carefully Planned Festival

and then...

November 1st - Brudenell Social Club Leeds w/ The Family Elan, Commiserations and more TBA


July 28th, 2014
Mid-Summer Report, October Tour

Hola TFTers,

We've had a couple of great weekends playing festivals and gigs in the North and South of England. It's been lovely weather and we've met some great people and played with some great bands. Big thanks to Fellfoot Sound, Beatherder, Rochester and Norwich folk for looking after us and coming to see us play. We've added a cheeky date tonight at The Brudenell with the amazing Nisennenmondai and announced our October tour dates with the great IEPI from Catalonia.

28 July Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Nisennenmondai + Blood Sport
24 August MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
31 August Raw Power Festival, Tufnell Park, London

October Tour with Iepi (Catalonia)

9 Glasgow - 13th Note
10 Sunderland - Pop Recs
11 Middlesborough - Twisterella Festival (matinee)
11 Nottingham - Chameleon (evening)
12 London - The Old Blue Last
13 Bristol - Stag & Hounds
14 Cardiff - Moon Club
15 Exeter - Cavern Club
16 Worcester - Firefly
17 Birmingham - Flapper
18 Manchester - Carefully Planned Festival

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May 13th, 2014

Summer Dates

Hi Tankers,

Just a quick one to say we'll be playing a few gigs and festivals over Summer as below. Hopefully we'll be playing some new material as we've gone back into the practice room for the first time in a few years. Hope to see you down the front middle.

12th July Waterfront Festival, Nottingham
17th July Fuse Art Space, Bradford w/ Beauty Pageant
18th July Fell Foot Sound festival, Windemere
19th July Beatherder Festival, Lancashire
25th July Billabong, Rochester
26th July The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
24th August Venue TBA, Milton Keynes
31st August Raw Power Festival, Tufnell Park, London

Feb 17th, 2014
Tour Thanks, Upcoming Gigs

Big thanks to everyone who watched us at our recent gigs with Foals. It was a fun and informative experience for us. Massive cheers to the Foals lads for asking us along on their roller coaster ride and to everyone who contributes to that. Special mention to our 'crew' of Archie, Joe and Si who did a great job and proved that people who've learned stuff by doing-it-themselves can handle the big stuff too. Up the amateurs!

We're going to be taking it easy and writing some new stuff over the next few months but have a few gigs coming up and a short trip to Spain as follows:

18th Feb Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Middleman

2nd April Madrid, Venue TBA
3rd April Zaragoza, Venue TBA
4th April Aloud Music Festival, Barcelona

19th April Arden Road Social Club, Halifax w/ The Ex

19th July Beatherder Festival, Lancashire
25th July Billabong, Rochester
26th July The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich

Hope to see you out! Also, the website has been updated with some recent reviews and interviews if that's your bag have a search around.

January 2nd, 2014

Happy New (Year) T Shirts

Wishing all the Tanksters a fantastic 2014. We're getting some new T-Shirts printed that you'll be able to buy at the gigs we're doing with Foals in February or, if you can't get to those, order online. The first is a reprint of the classic 'pie' shirt blue print on grey t-shirt:

And the second is a brand new family friendly New Wave of New Wave of British Heavy Metal shirt in none-more-black. Rock on.

Both available from James' online clothing emporium:

Here's a reminder of the gigs we're playing with Foals plus the warm up gig we'll do at the Brudenell prior with legendary Glasgow postpunksters Dawson:

Jan 26th: The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Dawson!

Feb 04 Olympia, Dublin w/ Foals
Feb 05 Olympia, Dublin w/ Foals
Feb 07 Apollo, Manchester w/ Foals
Feb 08 Apollo, Manchester w/ Foals
Feb 09 O2 Academy, Glasgow w/ Foals
Feb 11 O2 Academy, Birmingham w/ Foals
Feb 12 O2 Academy, Newcastle w/ Foals
Feb 14 Alexandra Palace, London w/ Foals
Feb 15 Alexandra Palace, London w/ Foals

November 19th, 2013
Foals Support

Hola Tankers,

2014 is going to be a year for us trying new and wacky things. First up is us doing some gigs with popular beat combo Foals who asked us to open up the UK and Ireland gigs for their tour in Feb and will see us playing some strange-sized places. All the gigs are sold out but we've hidden a few golden tickets in the limited edition That Fucking Tank muesli bars that Nestle are producing for us as tour promo so keep your eyes peeled and happy munching!

Feb 04 Olympia, Dublin w/ Foals
Feb 05 Olympia, Dublin w/ Foals
Feb 07 Apollo, Manchester w/ Foals
Feb 08 Apollo, Manchester w/ Foals
Feb 09 O2 Academy, Glasgow w/ Foals
Feb 11 O2 Academy, Birmingham w/ Foals
Feb 12 O2 Academy, Newcastle w/ Foals
Feb 14 Alexandra Palace, London w/ Foals
Feb 15 Alexandra Palace, London w/ Foals

Our mainstream toe-dipping means that we'll be postponing the plans for the Euro tour til later in 2014 but we will be hitting the continent at some point.

October 17th, 2013
Last Date of 2013, Euro Tour 2014 Booking
Greetings Tankers,

We're coming close to the end of 2013, our tenth anniversary year. The commemorative record 'A Document of The Last Set' is still available and receiving a warm reception. Go to to get a copy.

We've announced a final gig of 2013 in Leeds

Friday 1st November - Brudenell Social Club Games Room, Leeds w/ Rent Boys

Should be a laugh. We're also currently booking a tour around Europe in February and will be joined by the always ace Stef Ketteringham. Send us an email to if you'd like us to come to your place.

September 24th, 2013
New Album, Live dates

If you weren't aware our 10th Anniversary record 'A Document of the Last Set' is available to pre-order now and is out in shops early October. It's been getting rave reviews from old faithfuls who think it's our best record, to Johnny-come-latelys like Kerrang who gave it KKKK. It looks beautiful courtesy of David Hand and Kenn Goodall's mega skills and all in all is the definitive document of what we've done with TFT over the last decade so please grab yourself a copy whilst they're still available:

We're also playing a couple of gigs before the end of 2013

Saturday 12th October - Stuck on a Name Studios, Nottingham
Sunday 20th October - Carefully Planned Festival, Manchester

and we're planning on doing a Euro tour in feb next year so get in touch if you want us in your place.


July 11th, 2013
New vid, Live dates

Cheers to everyone that came out for our 10th anniversary gigs in Bradford and Leeds. They were some hot fun. We have a few more gigs over the Summer (see below) and our 10th Anniversary record 'A Document of the Last Set' set for release in September. Here's a video for one of the tracks from it:

Thurs July 11th - 113 Dalston Lane, London as part of Black Dogs publication launch
Fri July 12th - Bell by the Green, Devizes, Wiltshire
Sat July 13th - 2000 Trees Festival, Gloucestershire
Friday July 19th - Audacious Art experiment, Sheffield as part of Tramlines festival
Fri August 30th - Arctangent Festival, Bristol
Sat August 31st - Bungalows and Bears, Sheffield
Fri Sept 6th - The Hop, Wakefield
Sun Sept 21st - RECON festival, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Black Pus

Hope to see you out!

May 23rd, 2013
New Record, New gigs

Ciao tankers,

Our 10th anniversary 'live' album, provisionally entitled 'A Document of The Last Set' is at the pressing plant at the moment and if Record Store Day hasn't fucked everything up for everyone too much, should be back in time for our gigs in July. As ever, the most excellent Gringo Records are helping it materialise. We can exclusively reveal that it sounds great so big thanks to Matt J at Suburban Home and mastering master Joe Osborne for that. We will be doing it live in the following places:

Mon June 3rd - Camp and Furnace, Liverpool as part of Never Records screening
Sat June 8th - Long Division festival, Wakefield
Fri July 5th - The 1 in 12 Club, Bradford as part of Bare Plume club night
Sat July 6th - Wharf Chambers, Leeds 10th Birthday Party w/ The Unit Ama, J*R and more
Thurs July 11th - 113 Dalston Lane, London as part of Black Dogs publication launch
Fri July 12th - Bell by the Green, Devizes, Wiltshire
Sat July 13th - 2000 Trees Festival, Gloucestershire
Friday July 19th - Audacious Art experiment, Sheffield as part of Tramlines festival
Fri August 30th - Arctangent Festival, Bristol

March 22nd, 2013
10th Birthday Celebrations, Festival appearances

Hola Tankers and apologies for the lack of communications thus far in 2013, we have been busy lads.

For those who haven't been following the minutiae of our lives, this year marks ten years of That Fucking Tank existing. By means of celebrating our ability to keep on going we've done some recording with Matt J of Suburban Home Studios in Leeds that captures our most recent live set. We hope to have this available as a limited run vinyl and (infinitely available) download through the also unstoppable Gringo Records .

July 6th will be our birthday party where we are joined by some of our favourite bands and human beings, past and present, at the greatest co-operatively run venue this side of Bradford, that being Wharf Chambers in Leeds.

We'll also be playing some other gigs and festivals this year which we'll keep updating. See you down the front.

Mon April 8th - The Red House, Sheffield w/ The Cosmic Dead
Sat June 8th - Long Division festival, Wakefield
Sat July 6th - Wharf Chambers, Leeds 10th Birthday Party
Sat July 13th - 2000 Trees Festival, Gloucestershire
Fri August 30th - Arctangent Festval, Bristol

Dec 18th, 2012
Tour Thanks, 2013 Year of the Tank, 90's Covers

We returned from our short-but-sweetest run of gigs on Monday. A massive thanks to peeps at Brew Dog Newcastle and Jade for putting us up in her school; Rose and people at Delius Arts and Cultural Centre in Bradford; Stef, Dan, Ed, Lisa and the lads at Spatchcock in London; and all the Audacious Art Experimentalists in Sheffield. We had a total blast.

We also played with some great bands that you should check out; One Man Dance Team from High Wycombe, Rivals from Sunderland, The Sassys from London and, last but not least, Wooderson from Sheffield.

It was really ace to play to animated crowds and in such a diverse range of spaces. The DIY scene in the UK has never been better to us!

2013 will mark 10 years of That Fucking Tank, a band that we formed as a joke for a one-off gig in August 2003. To celebrate we've got plans to do a best of/live record with lots of treats and a tour in August time. Aside from that we'll be taking it easy but you can catch us at British Wildlife Festival on March 1st at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

One last chance to catch Andy and James on stage together will be at No Hands club night at 1 in 12 Club, Bradford 28th December, at which we'll be performing a selection of 90's alternative rock covers by Nirvana, Green Day, Soundgarden, Rage Against The Machine and others along with Ben Holden (Dolphins/Stalking Horse) and Patrick Dowson (Nope/Garfunkle and Simon).

Have a great festive period and see you in the new tanking year.

Nov 12th, 2012
Last Gigs of 2012

Greetings. It's been a nice and relaxed year for the Tank. We'll be playing a handful of gigs in December to round it off as follows:

Thurs 13th: BrewDog Newcastle w/ Wooderson
Fri 14th: Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Bradford w/ Trembling bells and Wooderson
Sat 15th: Spatchcock, North London (email for details) w/ One Man Dance Team
Sun 16th: Audacious Space, Sheffield w/ Wooderson

Hope to see you out and about!

Oct 8th, 2012
Upcoming gigs

Hi all, just a quick one to say we're booking in our last gigs of 2012 at the moment. October 15th will likely be our last Leeds show and is with the incredible Yowie (USA, Skin Graft Records) and is dead close to Andy's birthday. We'll do a weekend of gigs in December too. Keep checking back for deets.

October 15th - Wharf Chambers, Leeds w/ Yowie
Dec 13th - Brew Dog, Newcastle
Dec 14th - 1 in 12 Club, Bradford (TBC)
Dec 15th - Spatchcock, London

September 15th, 2012
Tour Thanks and Last gigs of 2012
A slightly belated but no less sincere thanks to everyone that helped out with the recent TFT/GoK tour. We had a great old time and would like to say bigcheers to Audacious Art Experiment in Sheff, Moving North in Manc, Winning Spermers in Glasgow, Hartlepoolers, Bradfordian 1 in 12 Clubbers, Dirty Otters and Beacons fest, Cambridge peeps, ArtScare in Bristol and Wet Room in Liverpool. Also giant thanks to Stef Ketteringham (Guns or Knives) who played a banger every night and also drove us about brilliantly and is an all-round decent fellow to be with.

We've got a couple more gigs in the pipe before 2012 is up

September 23rd - Split Festival, Sunderland

October 15th - Wharf Chambers, Leeds w/ Yowie

Hope to see you out!

July 30th, 2012

UK Tour with Guns or Knives
Following the great times had in mainland Europe last December we'll be doing a tour playing songs from our now-not-so-new album 'TFT' that Gringo Records released in March to some praise. Also on the road will be Stef from Shield Your Eyes' solo project Guns or Knives and we might even do a bit of collaborative boogying in the right scenarios. Dates are below, hope to see you there!

Mon 13th Sheffield, Audacious Space
Tue 14th Manchester, Kraak Gallery
Wed 15th Glasgow, The Old Hairdressers
Thu 16th Hartlepool, The Studio
Fri 17th Bradford, 1 in 12 Club
Sat 18th Day Off
Sun 19th Beacons Festival
Mon 20th Cambridge, Corner House
Tue 21st Day Off
Wed 22nd Day Off
Thu 23rd Day Off
Fri 24th Bristol, The Croft
Sat 25th Liverpool, venue tbc
September 7th Wakefield, The Hop

Thurs 7th June, 2012

Life and Gigs

Greetings Tankers,

Apologies for the break in communications, James and Andy have been busy lads of late getting married and becoming a doctor respectively. Now that's out of the way we are getting back to the business of rocking with a few live dates listed below and plans for a UK tour in August. Keep watching this space for info:

Friday June 8th: Gringo Records Birthday Party, Nottingham

Sunday June 17th: Wharf Chambers, Leeds w/ All Eyes West

Wednesday June 27th: 1 in 12 Club, Bradford w/ Le Cercle des Mallissimalistes and The Family Elan

Sunday July 29th: Off The Cuff Festival, Birmingham

Sunday 19 August: Beacons Festival, Skipton

also, a new spanking Tank feature to outlive the fads of social media: Subscribe to our newsletter for nowt!

Monday 12th March, 2012
TFT Official Release

Hello tankfriends,

Our third album TFT gets its official release today so those of you that wish to purchase it in a shop on CD or online via iTunes can now do that. Go to Gringo records for details. The record's been getting some nice reviews which we'll compile choice quotes from in due course to further convince you to part with your money.

We have enjoyed playing our recent gigs in London, Istanbul, Newcastle and Leeds as part of British Wildlife Festival. Big thanks to everyone involved for making those happen. We have a spattering of live appearances lined-up that looks like this:

Friday April 28th: Milton Keynes party, venue TBC

Friday June 8th: Gringo Records Birthday Party, Nottingham

17/18/19 August: Beacons Festival

If anyone wants to know what we sound like live: someone did a little recording of our recent show in London that you can listen to here.

Cheers 'the noise it makes'.

That's it for now. More details as we get them!

Tues 3rd January 2012
Happy New Ears

A merry new year to all the Tankophiles trawling the internet. We had a smashing 2011 with a particularly banging end at No Hands in Bradford. From this we have learned that now we are fully grown men we can play for an hour and not even sick up our pre-gig curries. Come see us perform this feat in the following places, one of which is on the edge of Europe. Nice!

Thursday 12th January - The Windmill, Brixton, London
Friday 13th January - Peyote, Istanbul, Turkey
Saturday 21st January - The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Saturday 3rd March - British Wildlife Festival at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Also keep an eye and ear out for the official release of our third album TFT which will be hitting shops soonish thanks to the excellent Gringo Records,

TFT for now.

Sat 17th December 2011
Tour Thanks. TFT Release. Last gigs of 2011.

First of all a massive thanks to everyone who helped out on our recent Euro tour, either by promoting gigs, providing hospitality, attending the gigs, buying our shite or just being generally helpful. It was a consistently ace tour with too many highlights to mention so our gratitude to everyone who helped make it happen. Large props to Chris and Patrick in Brighton, Mat in Mons, Antonia in Freiburg, Luca in Milan, Gio in Bologna, Rok in Ljubljiana, Tom and Lucas in Prague, Ciikaal in Ceske Budejovice, Matthias in Halle, Sven in Antwerp, Mark in Canterbury and to everyone else we met along the way. Also special mention to tour hero Stef Ketteringham for not only eating up the substantial miles in his van and making it look easy but also for playing amazing sets night after night as Guns or Knives.

The tour was in support of the vinyl release of our new album TFT and we're happy to say we shifted a fair whack so hope the little flat lads help spread the tank-word far and wide. Adding much support to this cause is the Gringo Records release of the CD and digital versions of the album. You can purchase it now at the Gringo shop. The CD is packaged as a digipack with extensive liner notes which are also included in the download. Go to it, your mum will love it for xmas.

Last, we are playing a couple more gigs before the end of the year is out as outlined below. Hope to see you there!

Sat 17th December - The Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge
Weds 21st December - Santiago, Leeds
Friday 30th December - The Polish Club, Bradford (as part of No Hands club night)

Wednesday 2nd November 2011
Euro Tour Announcement

That Fucking Tank + Guns or Knives European Tour 2011

Bradford-based instrumental noise-rock duo That Fucking Tank are doing a quick flash around Europe and the UK to play tracks from their new album TFT.

The album sees Tank covering broad musical ground including UK hardcore, ambient and acid house influenced tunes amongst the riffs and grooves that have become a staple of their sets. Come see such sonic delights delivered at volume and in the flesh. At these gigs, you will be able to purchase the seriously limited vinyl release of TFT prior to its official CD release early next year.

Also joining the tour is the fantastic Guns or Knives, Stef from Shield Your Eyes’ solo project. Expect raw blues songs extracted with passion from battered guitars, occasionally played the right way up.


Weds 30th – London, Old Blue Last w/ Hired Muscle


Thurs 1st – Brighton, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
Fri 2nd – Mons, Le Bateau Ivre
Sat 3rd – Freiburg, KTS
Sun 4th – Milan, Cascina Torchiera
Mon 5th – Bologna, XM24
Tues 6th – Ljubljiana, Menza, Metalkova
Weds 7th – Prague, Final Club
Thurs 8th – CeskÈ Budovice, Velbloud Club
Friday 9th – Halle, Reil78
Sat 10th – Antwerp, Envers-Swa
Sun 11th – Canterbury, The Beercart
Mon 12th - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club w/ Hot Snakes

Pre-order and stream TFT at

Monday 26th September
New Album TFT ready for Preorder

As threatened Obscene Baby Auction Records is resurrected! Their first release of the decade is the new album by That Fucking Tank, TFT, of which they will be releasing the initial run on vinyl.

Gringo Records will be taking care of the official and mainstream shop release later in the year.

Go to OBA bandcamp page where you can also have a sneaky listen if you want to hear it before buying.

That Fucking Tank - TFT

Format: 12-inch vinyl (first 100 white vinyl)

Release date: December 2011

Run: 300 copies

Notes: TFT is the third album by Bradford-based instrumental two-piece That Fucking Tank, following 2009’s Tanknology; a record that became a favourite amongst the DIY and noise-rock underground in UK and Europe. TFT sees Andy and James deliver a similarly substantial amount of riffs, hooks and grooves via their chosen tools of baritone guitar (played through and switched between multiple guitar and bass amplifiers) and drums (stripped to the bare essentials i.e without toms) but with a much-expanded palette in terms of style, influence and mood.

TFT acts as a concept album of sorts. Confidently in control of their instruments and having honed the sound that has secured their reputation as one of the UK’s most invigorating live acts, Tank are able to revisit and pull together influences that reflect both their broad taste and the fact that they have been playing together in one form or another since the age of eleven. Recorded in the year when these two friends reached thirty, TFT is a musical review of the journey they have embarked on for the last twenty years.

Rob Whiteley is back at the helm as engineer, having now worked with Andy and James for close to ten years. This sustained relationship has led him to develop a unique recording technique that captures the rawness and energy of Tank’s performances (tracks are performed live in the studio with little or no overdubs) whilst creating layers of sound that translate the volume of a Tank gig as closely as possible. The result is an album of unprecedented depth and colour, for a ‘noise-rock’ duo at least, that moves across different spaces and atmospheres whilst retaining a consistency that represents the ‘minimal/maximal’ approach of the band well.

In keeping with the autobiographical nature of the album Andy and James have decided to release the initial pressing of this record through their resurrected label Obscene Baby Auction; putting the DIY ethics of the band into practice. A final important nod comes in the form of the packaging and liner notes that consciously echo Crass. Although it may be difficult for first-time listeners to make links between Tank and the anarcho-punk scene stylistically or aesthetically, an ethical and political affinity exists; Tank do their best to demonstrate that good music need not be the product of a careerist or cynically professional approach - it can just as likely come from friends having a good time together.


1. TFT // 2. Wonderful World Of // 3. Car On Fire // 4. Lomond // 5. Nailbomb //
6. NWONWOBHM // 7. Acid Jam // 8. D8 // 9. Threads // 10. End (Of Wonderful World)

We have sold out of Baby Auction mailorders but you can still buy vinyl versions from Norman Records and read a bloody nice review HERE.

Saturday 17th September 2011

Hey Tankers;

Here's a sample track from our new album 'TFT'. It's the title track, which means it's also called 'TFT'. TFT is an acronym of That Fucking Tank. Hence this our most biographical song to date. Enjoy!

The album will be out before the year is up - watch this space!

Tues 23rd August 2011
New Album Developing

Just a quick update to let you know that we met what looked like a formidable challenge and manage to both write (the majority of) and record (all of) our new album in a fortnight. In our opinion it's sounding pretty rocking. Now is the hopefully not-too-slow-and-painful process of mixing, mastering, pulling together the artwork and liner notes so it comes out fresh and still kicking.

We've decided to release the initial pressing of this album ourselves through our ten-year old label 'Obscene Baby Auction'. If you've not come across OBA then please familiarise yourself by following this link where you can listen to and download the whole back catalogue including out-of-print Tank treats.

We'll release more details on the album and how to pre-order in due course but for now watch this space. Also, we're planning to do some Euro-touring when the album comes out so if you want us to come and play in your place then please get in touch via Cheers muchly.

Tues 12th July 2011
Vid and Festivaling

Greetings Tank-lads,

Andy has made a video for the new song NWONWOBH avaliable on Brew records as below. It features our two favourite things: metallers and bikes. enjoy!

Also, be aware that we will be playing some gigs in the coming months and hopefully debuting some new songs in anticipation of recording our third record provisionally entitled 'masterofbadmotorfingermelloncollieinuteroliarinbloodIII'.

Friday July 16th at Out Of Spite Festival, Joseph's Well, Leeds - Facebook event here

Saturday July 30th at The Grand Obscene Baby Auction, 1 in 12 Club, Bradford - details at

Friday August 12th at Beacons Festival, Skipton - details at

Saturday August 13th at Leave Me Here Festival, Durham - details at

Hope to see you out!

Weds June 8th

New Record

Hi all. Just a quick note to say that after what feels like an age the eagerly awaited split 10" featuring our new(ish) song NWONWOBH will see the light of day on July 18th. There's only 300 vinyl copies available so head on over to to get yours. On the 10-inch are also tracks by Shield Your Eyes, Kong and Castrovalva. Andy has made a video for the song that will see its debut on Monday 20th June. Watch this space.

Plans are also coming together for our recording of something that could well make up a third album assuming it doesn't go rubbish. All being well we'll put another full-length out by Autumn with plans for Euro touring in November. Please get in touch if you want us to come to your country. Especially if it's warm. Email

Tuesday 26th April 2011
Tour Thankings

We're back off our tour-hols with Shield Your Eyes and happy to say a safe and enjoyable time was had by all. Grazies to Dan and Carly in Sunderland, Nora, Claire and Joel in Edinburgh, Chris Winning Sperm for graciously putting us up in Glasgow and Andy Brown for organising a rocking gig and also to Giuseppe and Ron at The Countesse of Rosse, Saltaire for providing an excellent venue for a final banger.

Also big thanks to the butchers in Drymen and the makers of disposable barbecues. We had a totally amazing time camping in Loch Lomond and fending for ourselves in the wild despite the hoards of aggro-lads who threaten to jeopardise Scotland's pretty ace legal acceptance of Wild Camping. Next time we hit Scotland we hope to do a bit more if the same but further north so if you live in a town or village no matter how remote and have a plug socket or two then please get in touch.

Our next gigs look like this:

Monday 30th - Brudenell Social Club w/ Thee Oh Sees

Friday 15th - Out Of Spite Festival, Leeds.

Friday 12th - Beacons Festival, Skipton.
Saturday 13th - Leave Me Here Festival, County Durham

Last, Andy and James are working on a live soundtrack for an experimental theatre production that will take place in Leeds, Nottingham and London in May. See for details; should be molto interessante.

Wednesday 12th April 2011
That Fucking Tank and Shield Your Eyes Scottish Micro-Tour April 2011

This April two of the UKs most tour-loving underground rock acts hit the road in attempt to go very North. Lord only knows how That Fucking Tank’s normally real-ale influenced instrumental high-octane riff mash-ups will be enhanced by fine whiskey consumption, whilst Shield Your Eyes promise to further negotiate the under-explored pathways laid by British progressive blues bands of the 1960s and 70s in a manner that keeps noise-rock loving hipsters grinning like mentalists.

The trip will also act as a nostalgic homeward journey for Andy (guitarist in Tank and bass player for this tour in Shield ‘Em) who was born in the Highlands and is looking forward to meeting up with his childhood friend who believed himself to be a dog.

More info on bands to be found at



Weds 20 – Sunderland - Independent
Thurs 21 – Edinburgh – Henry’s Bar
Fri 22 – Get in touch – house parties and the like welcome!
Sat23 – Get in touch – house parties and the like welcome!
Sun 24 – Glasgow - 13th Note
Mon 25 – Saltaire – The Countess of Rosse FREE GIG!

Sunday 6th March 2011

Tour Thanks

We’re back off our short tour now and happy to say it was a top-ranking UK trip if ever there was one. Big buggering thanks and a raised glass of real-ale to Nash in Preston, Sam, Wooderson and the Sheffield lads, Henry and MAC in Brighton, Micheal and the incredible Star and Shadow cinema in Newcastle, Christian and The Cow dudes in Cambridge and Wolves Festers.

We experienced some hyper-encouraging practical applications of the DIY ethos on this tour – it’s a genuine pleasure and privilege for us to be part of a community of music makers and lovers that are creating working alternatives to the culture of money-making, self-advancement and fashion-based competition that characterises ‘the industry’. Thanks for continuing to give us something to believe in!

Last but in no way least, much love and gratitude to Colorful Mountain and Buzz Aldrin for joining us on the tour and being a source of inspiration and entertainment musically and personally. If you didn’t catch them play then they come very recommended; hopefully it won’t be long before they return to our scabby shores.

In other news, we have some sporadic gigs a’happening over the coming months with the first instalment of our Dad-to-Dad tour (Scotland) currently being booked for late April. More news on that as it develops. Also the eagle-eared of you may have noticed we have a couple of new tunes in our set which we hope to be the preliminary rumblings of some new record of a sort.

Cheers for now and continue to be ottimo to one another.

Friday 28th January 2011

That Fucking Tank – UK Tour 2011

That Fucking Tank have had a couple of months to digest the Christmas pies, snap out of the post-festive malaise and get back on the road for a quick banging UK jaunt. Joining us for a few days will be a pair of Italian lovelies: Buzz Aldrin and Colorful Mountain (ex Nervous Kid) who promise post-punk tribal garage and psychedelic lap steel hypnosis respectively.

Bring real ale money, earplugs and dancing shoes to following places at the appropriate time:

Thurs 24th – Preston. The Mad Ferret
Fri 25th – Bradford. 1 in 12 w/ Vialka and Stig Noise
Sat 26th – Day Off
Sun 27th – Day Off of Worship
Mon 28th – Sheffield. The Washington FREE GIG!

Tues 1st – Brighton. The Hydrant w/ Colorful Mountain, Buzz Aldrin and MAC
Weds 2nd – Newcastle. The Star and Shadow w/ Colorful Mountain and Buzz Aldrin
Thursday 3rd – Leeds. The George w/ Colorful Mountain, Buzz Aldrin and more (part of British Wildlife festival)
Friday 4th – Cambridge. The Cow w/ Colorful Mountain and Buzz Aldrin
Saturday 5th – Manchester. The Castle Hotel (part of Wolves Festival)

More info and music at:

We’re also playing a Leeds gig to showcase the amazing ‘Mr Blood’ video by JakoMat Jakomat held at Nation of Shopkeepers on 12th Feb. It’s FREE Entry and also playing will be Mob Rules (Leeds) and Hysterical Injury (Bath) who are both ace-haus.

Wednesday 5th January

New Year Slick Vid

Happy New Year Tankers. James and I have had a cracking break eating mince and throwing snow down the drain. We even started thinking about writing some new songs but they are yet to get passed the ideas stage at the moment. Needless to say, however, they are right rockers.

We have a few gigs sliding down the pipe that will splurge on to this screen soon. For now though please take a few minutes of your lives to enjoy JakOMat's quite breathtaking and wholly self-funded video for our disco-hit, Mr Blood.

That Fucking Tank: 'Mr Blood' from JakoMat on Vimeo.

If you like what you see then please get in touch with Matt and Jack and let them know! It took a lot of blood, sweat and babies to make.

That's pretty much all for now. If you fancy seeing some Tank related shenanigans in January then why not come along to see Nope and In Zaire play in a town near you.? Details follow...

This January warm up your cold winter heart and dispel the post-festive blues with a dose of tribal psychedelic dance drone from two groups from differing countries and climes.

In Zaire come from Sunny Italy via Berlin. You may recognise a couple of members from being excellent Lightning Bolty noise-rockers GI Joe. In this guise they explore further the afrobeat trance-party territory hinted at in their two-piece form with an ex...tended line up of layered voodoo rhythm percussiveness, wacked-out noise, and spiritual chantish vocals. Party lads party hard.

Nope are a related beast emerging from the bleaker landscapes of Yorkshire’s thread-towns, moors and valleys. Psychedlic washes of synths provide the backdrop for pounding unrelinquishing note repetition and thump-drumming that may call to mind a beefed up Neu! and other Krautrockers. The members CVs include big-noise duos That Fucking Tank and Mucky Sailor. Best enjoyed dancing after a fat chongo.

Both bands will also be flogging a self-released tour only tape. See them in following places at the following times:


Tuesday 11th – Cowley Club, Brighton
Wednesday 12th – The Croft, Bristol (front room)
Thursday 13th – The Red House, Sheffield
Friday 14th – The Packhorse, Leeds
Saturday 15th – Private Party in Dalston, London (email for details)
Sunday 16th – Metro, Milton Keynes (early show)

Tuesday 30th November
Thanks and extra gig

Cheers tons to all those involved in the past weekends Tank gigging, especially to Stephen of Wrongpop in Stoke and Dave of Artscare in Bristol. We had major fun and very much enjoyed seeing and playing with Don Vito, Lamo, Part Chimp, Hysterical Injury and the rest!

We have an extra surprise gig before the end of the year for Leeds people. It's free and other bands playing are Fucked Up, Pulled Apart by Horses and Kong. Nice. Get tickets here


Friday 3rd - VOX, New Craven Gate, Leeds, LS1 5NF. 9pm - 3am
Friday 10th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Damo Suzuki and Humanfly

Friday 5th November
Some giggings

Hi all. Just a reminder that we have three live music appearances coming up. See below for details. Also we finished recording and mixing the new song 'NWONWOBHM' and are very much looking forward to seeing how it materialises as a disc in the future. Hope to see you down the frontish.


Friday 26th - Wrongpop at Fat Cats, Stoke-On-Trent
Saturday 27th - The Croft (10pm finish), Bristol

Friday 10th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Damo Suzuki and Humanfly

Mon 27th September 2010
Thanks and one more

Massive gushes of thank-juice to all those who came out and saw us play on our September part-timers tour. Via thorough statistical analyses James and I arrived at the decision that they were some of the best UK gigs we have played! Fancy that. If you have any photos, videos, feedback, comments or criticisms that you would like to send our way then please email to

Even greater globs of gratitude spurted in the direction of Dot-Dot-Dash in Reading, Hired Geeks in London, Not Shy of the DIY in Sheffield, Ellis of Wingwalker in Liverpool, Adam British Wildlife in the Lakes, This Dirty Basement and No Hands in Bradford, Sian Hayward in Manchester, and Richard Amundsen and the Split Fest organisers in Sunderland. We're happy to be able to say that touring the UK without the use of money-hungry middle-men and dealing with people who are doing the whole thing for love not money, and in their spare-time, is still a viable and most rewarding experience. It's only possible thanks to the generous energies of those involved so cheers tons.

As for future plans - we're playing one more gig that might be considered an afterword to the tour. That happens this Saturday as part of the Play Patterns festival and is at The(/Josephs) Well in Leeds. Then aside from a small spattering of dates in November and December (see below) we're going to be writing some new stuff, recording in office spaces and potentially even doing a self-released 7-inch through our resuscitated Obscene Baby Auction label.

Also we've got a split 10-inch coming out on Brew records in December with other tasty bands including Kong and Shield Your Eyes details of which will follow.

Next gigs

Saturday 2nd - Play Patterns Festival, The Well, Leeds


Friday 26th - Wrongpop at Fat Cats, Stoke-On-Trent
Saturday 27th - Bristol, TBC

Friday 10th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Damo Suzuki and Humanfly

Tues 7th September 2010
Extra Dates added

James and I are enjoying our part-timer's tour so much that we thought we'd fit a couple of extra dates in. Check out the new forthcomings!

Thursday 9th - Binary Cell, Liverpool w/ Hot Club De Paris Guestlist only - go here to add yourself.
Saturday 11th - Fellfoot Sound Festival, The Lake District
Friday 24th - Bradford Playhouse, Bradford FREE GIG w/ Black Moth and Wooderson
Saturday 25th - Manchester Academy Fresher's Ball, Manchester
Sunday 26th - Split Festival, Sunderland

Friday 3rd September 2010

Grandad's Tour

Hi Tankers,

Our 'tour' starts today where we will be playing a splattering of gigs across the UK throughout September, having the weekdays and some weekends at home or work to do useful things with our lives like gardening, reading the paper and completing spreadsheets. Dates are as follows

Friday 3rd - Reading, South Street Arts Centre
Saturday 4th - London, Victoria, Hired Geeks Alldayer with Part Chimp etc
Sunday 5th - Sheffield, The Red House
Saturday 11th - Fellfoot Sound Festival, The Lake District
Saturday 25th - Manchester Academy Fresher's Ball, Manchester
Sunday 26th - Split Festival, Sunderland

Some people that like Tank and are good at drawing and computers and that have incredibly generously made tour posters for this momentous occasion. Big thanks to Julian Dicken of Broken Face Design for his gorey Black Metal-font effort and also to Paul of for his Airfix porn. Be dazzled and amazed by their contributions below.

We will also be playing our new ditty 'NWONWOBH' at these gigs so bring your leather studded wrist bands and fingerless gloves for enhanced fist pumping. You may be interested to know that we have recorded the rocker ourselves at Lumen offices in Holbeck, Leeds for a split 10-inch on Brew records ETA December 2010. Here's a picture of the glamorous act of recording:

That's pretty much all the news. Hope to see you down the front for some serious ear buggering.

Poster by Broken Face Design

See more at

Thursday 28th July 2010
New Website, New Song and Split

Eagle-eyed internetters will notice that this is a brand new website. The older one was getting a bit crusty so we polished it up. Have an explore; you may find musical and digital treats previously hidden. I am also trying to collate an archive of all our past gigs so if you have any posters, flyers or dates then send an email to

We are currently writing and plan to record a new song provisionally entitled 'New Wave of New Wave of British Heavy Metal' for a forthcoming split with mint bands on Brew records for release later this year. Also we have a few gigs coming up in September so see below or check out the 'Upcoming gigs' section for that.

Next gigs

Friday 3rd - Reading, South Street Arts Centre
Saturday 4th - London, Victoria, Hired Geeks Alldayer with Part Chimp etc
Sunday 5th - Sheffield, The Red House
Saturday 11th - Fellfoot Sound Festival, The Lake District
Saturday 25th - Manchester Academy Fresher's Ball, Manchester
Sunday 26th - Split Festival, Sunderland

Thursday, 11 March 2010
Camden Crawling
Good afternoon.

We are very please to announce we will be appearing at the Camden Crawl. Go here to see the full line-up or just take my word for it that it's pretty good!

The dates are Saturday May 1st & May 2nd 2010. More details when we have them.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Happy new year!
... from James & Andy to one and all.

We have a couple of gigs coming up. And maybe a UK tour in early April. You will know when we will know.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009
December gigs
Merry 1st of December to all men & women.

Tank always do gigs in December. James & Andy bracing the icy winds of our blighted isle. Usually Inappropriately dressed. This month is no exception although we have played a lot this year and we have a little rest over Xmas / new year.

4th of December - Bristol, Fleece & Firkin w/ Lightning Bolt
6th of December - Leeds, Nation of Shopkeepers w/ Blacklisters FREE GIG

See you soon!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009
It's the just same old show, on my radio
Last week we did an interview on Leeds Student Radio. Big thanks to James Travis the astro-physical DJ. You can download the podcast from the James' show here. It contains some great laughs and some records being chosen by us.

We've also been working on a remix of a tune by Elso (a Leeds DJ/producer type) which will be released in the next week or so on the front of Leeds Guide Magazine. Full details to follow and I will whack the tune up for download when interest in the magazine version has died out!

Come and see us play Santiago's in Leeds on the 20th of November, it should be a larf.

Thursday, 24 September 2009
September / October 2009 tour dates
We are on the road again this weeks;

25th September - SWG3, Glasgow
26th September - Polish Club, Bradford
27th September - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Zu & Chickenhawk
30th September - The Lexington, London w/ Pulled Apart By Horses
1st October - The Jericho, Oxford w/ Pulled Apart By Horses

Come out and say hello! Mine's a pint of foaming nut brown ale stout yeoman of the bar. Etc.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Tourage UK
Now we have returned from our tour of two halves of the UK it is time to extend a warm thanks to all those who helped organise the gigs, put us up, fed us, watched us play and talked to us afterwards. We had an exceedingly excellent time; the UK really came up trumps with some Summery weather and we took in some exotic sites in pockets of England we have never visited – Hell Fire Caves in west Wycombe and ‘frog’ pub being particular highlights.

So, in no particularly strict order cheers to;

Michael Matthews of Sunderland and We Be The Echo of San Francisco

Poor Girl Noise Toms and lads in Oxford

Double Dot Dash girls and boys in Reading, Toddlers and The Hobgoblin pub

Mike Diver and Clash music Londoners

The Camden Barfly, particularly Adam and John for being incredibly accommodating of our jam.

Toby in Brighton and the pier arcade for stocking Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

Don McClean and the Bletchley massive for a stonking night. Chops!

We were pleasantly surprised and humbled by the turnouts and the kind reception we received. Thanks to everyone that came along. Many promoters noted that it wasn’t their regular crowd which means we’re either drawing a new set of people along to DIY gigs in the UK, or that we’re so old that our audience is made up out of people, like us, who haven’t been to gigs in ages!

It was strangely pleasant to hear people say to us; “It’s really good that your still going’. I’ve never really thought of Tank as a long-running band, let alone an institution, but I guess we’re hitting our 5th or 6th year soon and it’ll soon be time to start writing some power ballads. Catch us while we’re still rocking hard.

I guess another reason people might seem surprised that we’re still going at it is because a lot of bands ride some kind of wave of hype that launches them into the stratosphere or they just stop and try again with something different. The ‘buzz’ around Tank – which people tell me about but I’ve never experienced first hand – seems instead to be like some kind of almost imperceptible constant hum like tinnitus. I hope people appreciate the way we keep on doing our thing, trundelling along, progressing slowly into newer territories. I’ve always had more respect for bands that play the long game. DIY isn’t a stepping-stone, it’s a network that should be pushed, prodded and expanded into new places. We very much look forward to rolling into some new places on our next trip out. Please feed us something hot, our aging bodies need it.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Summer Holiday

We are doing some gigs in England, as August is the only month of the year when it is warm enough to do so (in theory). We are also playing Moorfest on August 8th. Moorfest is in a field somewhere between Skipton and Leeds.