The Story, Malvern
2006 of The Sampler #05 can be
Dead Magazine. This is a fair and honest review. This
Magazine is a good source for Vintage Goth retrospectives.
Gajoob 1990 (review of En Face)
suave female lead vocalist steals the show on several of the cuts'
are some links to early Finish The Story clippings of reviews and
interviews from 1981and 1983
of ‘one-off’ Malvern gig in Record Mirror August 8th 1981 by MickMercer
clipping of ‘one-off’ Malvern gig September 1981 by Sara Jones
of gig in Bristol by Dave Massey in Sounds (magazine) July 2nd
in ‘Women In Rock’ published by The Daily Mirror 
in ‘Melody Maker’ 
from 'Era Club' Bristol 1983 
from journal/review by Mick
Live Bootleg (?)
rudimentary live recordings from two gigs, of a band I have written
about many times before, so I won’t reiterate anything other to point
out that here we have a rare example of a band out of their own time,
creating music during the early 80’s more in keeping with late 90’s
for most people. They didn’t exactly play many gigs so the fact any
recordings exist is a miracle. I know I recorded them at the Ad Lib
club myself but that tape has vanished through the mists of time.
the video too!)
from journal/review by Mick
WINDOW/FINISH THE STORY
The Sampler #05
in July I reviewed this sampler, only for that to turn out to be a sampler
of this sampler, and with almost entirely different tracks!!! (Has the
world gone mad?)
difference this time around, now their inclusion had been settled, is
five Finish The Story tracks. Rejoice people, rejoice! ‘Trapped In The
Hometown’ has a gauzy tangle of music behind slowly drawn vocals with
its memorable guitar rising alongside and revealing a weighty variety
of musical avenues to pull you down; the mood empty, or brightly in
your face, a thoroughly diverting, divine encounter. ‘Playing At Life’
is even better with a mean throb, and more of his sublimely catchy,
nagging guitar with Nicola’s unusually piercing vocals and a weirdly
spooky synth. ‘Solace’ is more relaxed, actually far more towards the
This Window style, being like ambient bellows, billowing...........and
there’s an intriguing little slice called ‘Ripples In The Water’ at
the end too.
unique charms of Finish The Story are something which this trio could
easily carry on today, so let’s hope that works out. Put together they
make sense, and not just when his curiously distinctive raged guitar
style becomes sternly honed and oddly hypnotic.
great little record.
September 2005. Great background and images a fresh look back.
2005 a retrospective look back at Finish The Story - Contemporary reviews
and new updates.' The Mick 17'
THE STORY/THE DANCING DID.
Phoenix Club, Malvern (Record Mirror August 8th 1981)
LONDON gigs generally become dull, repetitive routines of expected dross,
the rural areas seem to offer a more refreshing alternative.
The Phoenix Club turned out to be a flowery, decaying building stuck
halfway up a hillside; access being via a labyrinth of subterranean
passages from the local hotel below, through which a couple of hundred
drunken misfits cantered; scrupulously clean punks. ungainly straights
and a host of pristine, yet remarkably grotesque new romantics all destined
for inebriated cavoration.
Finish The Story slipped onstage quietly and began laying into our eardrums
with an unusual sound. A trio with a heavy keyboard slant and alternate
bursts of lead or bass, the ruthless patterns were strangely offset
by the vocals of the lead singer which were emotional but strident.
The intriguing, almost unnerving, result was accompanied by their own
video on the last song and the crowd were obviously impressed, even
though the band weren't. Quite a debut.
Zag SEPT 1981
The End..? I'm still shell-shocked. Finish The Story's debut
gig was better than the second coming of Jesus Christ. Hastily flung
together four weeks ago for this gig, they were raw, powerful and exciting.
They're a three-piece band from such diverse Islands of Aptitude as
Bromsgrove, Bristol and Evesham.
Fronted by the blonde and the beautiful Nicola (the Evesham ingredient,
hostess at the notorious Vauxhall Inn), they skipped through a short
set of six embryonic classics. The drum machine went places no drum
machine has been before, Gary etched lines in the air on his keyboards
(I thoughthe was touching em .. Mick), Pete murdered his rabid guitar
in true Bauhaus style, and above it all Nicola's vocals soared
clear and sane.
She bounced and bopped through the catchy "Chant of the Boxed-in Society",
caused a major emotional earthquake with "Apparently He Couldn't Hear
Me", bounded through "Inspiration Didn't Come Today" and "Alone With
A Picture In A Matchstick Frame", forgot the words to "The Dodgy Concept",
and . finally ended with "Playing At Life".
They left. the audience happy, if a little confused, Through the last
two songs a video of unsurpassed excellence played. They were wonderful.
What more can I say?
Next band up were Evesham's own Dancing. Did..(Cut!.... Ed).