China Drum were formed in rural Northern England in 1989 by brothers Bill and Dave McQueen, a guitarist and bassist respectively, and singing drummer Adam Lee.

After four years of extensive local and regional gigging, the band self-released their debut single, "Simple", in 1993 which was championed by the great John Peel, Steve Lamacq, Jo Whiley and Mark n Lard later made Fiction Of Life single of the week on the Radio 1 Breakfast show. They were also heartened when Frankie Stubbs and his influential punk band Leatherface received the single warmly and covered the B-side track "Meaning" on their "Little White God" single the following year.

The "Great Fire" single was issued later in 1994 by the London-based Fluffy Bunny Records imprint before a UK tour with Green Day which also included an Amsterdam date, their first international gig. Green Day remained supporters of the group, and bassist Mike Dirnt can be seen wearing a China Drum t-shirt in the music video for their successful single "When I Come Around". Over the next two years, China Drum released the Barrier EP and numerous smaller releases, many of which received national support from such outlets as BBC Radio One.

The band soon signed with Mantra, a sub label of Beggars Banquet Europe and Japan and MCA Records in the US who issued a reworked version of the Barrier EP in the United States. They released their debut album, Goosefair, in 1996. The album peaked at No 53 on the UK Albums Chart and saw good critical reception. Extensive international touring followed in support of the album, including dates in North America, Bosnia, and Sarajevo, and shared bills with Ash and Supergrass. Their breakthrough hit came via a high-tempo cover version of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights", which received its first wide release as the B-Side to Goosefair's lead single, "Can't Stop These Things".

THE REUNION (2013 – Present)

In 2013 the band reformed with a line up including Lee, the McQueen brothers, and new members John Steel on guitar and Kate Stephenson on drums.[7] Returning to the China Drum moniker and focusing mostly on early material, they played their first gig after reuniting at The Garage in London on 21 February with support by Midway Still and Vanilla Pod which sold out. Further concerts were announced thereafter starting with Newcastle University Students' Union on 10 May & UK tour followed in dec . 2014 China Drum are writing and recording new material. A brand new EP is imminent & a Uk Tour for Dec 2014 is now in theworks aswell as festival appearances in the summer !




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