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VOID with LOUISE
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CHRIS, LOUISE (first vocalist) and TONY

Two apprentice electricians from Brown & Smiths decide to form a band after being inspired by the DISLEY group NOISE, whose bass player NEIL DARLINGTON they work with. Another band, the NEW MILLS based band X S RHYTHM, who will later evolve into BLITZ also inspire the two to do something. VOID, the band they form begin rehearsing at 'The SLUM', the now legendary rehearsal rooms that all the early '80's punk bands in the DERBYSHIRE area use (Bands such as X.S. RYTHYM, BLITZ, ATTAK, The VIOLATORS and on occasion, LIFE ON EARTH to name just a few.)

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CHANEY-Drums
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VOID at Smugglers with GAIL (LoE) on Vocals

TONY SMITH on bass is an avid STRANGLERS, JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER devotee and so wants a 'bass heavy sound'. He and CHRIS ROGERS on guitar decide to use a drum machine in the early days of the group. They decide early on that they want female vocals but that they want to be flexible and use different vocalists when needed.

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CHRIS and TONY with GAIL (LoE) on Vocals
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TONY-Bass

The use of different musicians will give their music a slightly different slant to other groups of the time. Amongst those who will serve include in no particular order - LOUISE KING, who will go on to join The VIOLATORS after HELEN leaves; HELEN HILL herself of VIOLATORS fame; STACY SMITH; and of course GAIL HEATHCOTE, LIFE ON EARTH's vocalist. VOID were quite inward looking and didn't care if people couldn't understand what they were trying to do. The music VOID created was very intense and made up of monochromatic landscapes of sound reflecting the dour times that people lived in.
The image and music of VOID were at odds with the perceived notion of what bands from the Derbyshire area like BLITZ, ATTAK and The VIOLATORS looked and sounded like at the time.

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VOID with GAIL on Vocals
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VOID at Smugglers

The music was led by TONY's 'Hooky esque' lead bass riffs, a la JOY DIVISION and CHRIS's GANG OF FOUR style guitar scratchings. VOID, who later would become INDEX were an alternative to the livelier, more rogueish, rougher sounding alternative bands popular at the time.

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