Been ages since we put any news on here, so here’s something …
Here’s a little snap of Gary, Tim and Darren limbering up during a recording session today. We’re beginning to get some of the newer tunes down, playing and singing live as much as possible, trying to capture some more character and energy than we’ve managed to on the recordings so far. We did a few takes of two songs today, and if those turn out OK, we’ll work on more in the same way. More news soon!
Don’t forget our next gig is on March 16 at the Toft House, Middlesbrough Little Theatre Club, with Kev Howard & Tim Coyte, and Sam Slatcher. Hopefully more to come, too!
This coming Sunday, we’re playing at TSOne in Middlesbrough at the Into Teesside festival, a FREE all-day music festival featuring 14 acts across 2 stages in 1 venue – with no clashes – celebrating the wonderful Teesside & North East music scene! See you there!
A little update … We’ve been busy practicing old and new songs ready for a couple of upcoming gigs, and getting our new recruit Darren Reay up to speed. Darren is taking the place of our beloved Jimmy Howes, who has decided to take a break from the Werbeniuk shenanigans. As with anyone who’s ever trodden the boards with us, the door’s always open … To misquote the League of Gentlemen: WERBENIUK – YOU’LL NEVER LEAVE!
Facebook people will have seen this already, but here’s all five of us the other night after a practice at our Billingham HQ:
So… watch out for us in the coming months. Details of gigs will appear on the gigs page, and so far we’ve got April 16 at Hole In The Wall, Darlington, and – as previously announced – May 28 at TSOne in Middlesbrough. We’ll get sharing event pages on Facebook soon, so watch out for those and get yourselves there! More to follow!
We’re proud to announce we’ll be playing this free festival in May, presented by Into Tomorrow
“A non-stop 9hrs of live music with 14 acts across 2 stages (upstairs in The Alchemy and downstairs in the main bar) …and no clashes!
Lost State of Dance / Major Matilda / The Approved / Chloe Chadwick / Crease / Heather Story / Idle Violets / Charlie Thomas – Singer Songwriter / Nine Tons / Grace Gibson / Werbeniuk / Michael Gallagher / Velvoir / The Wainstones !!!
Come and celebrate our amazing North East music scene with us! Free because it’s our thank you to all of you who make the Teesside scene the best in the country.”
Werbeniuk wish you all a Happy New Year, and hope it brings you health and happiness. Thanks for bearing with us during a difficult year; 2017 finds us rejuvenated and optimistic, writing new songs and looking forward to sharing them with you. See you in a pub or a tent sometime soon. Cheers!
Just to reiterate what was published to the Facebook page, we’ve had a couple of practices now with our new member Tim Oxnard (looking youthful & handsome 2nd from left). Tim’s been in The High Plane Drifters (as featured on “Breaking Bad”), The Approved and The Magick Godmothers, among other bands. We’re currently rehearsing for a couple of gigs in November and December (more on that soon), but it’s going pretty well so far, so fingers crossed! A
Having recently found ourselves in excess of the recently-imposed EU Baldies-in-Bands Quota, we decided we had to make changes. This meant giving our long-suffering (and newest) member Martin an ultimatum: either adopt the permanent wearing of a TRULY MASSIVE HAT, or sling his hook. There being no hat of a suitable size in the known universe, Martin has reluctantly mutually decided to leave the band at the end of the month. We thank him for his conscientious mastery of Werbeniuk’s complex and infectious music, his flair and panache, his world-class swearing, tiny drumsticks, and unfailing support for Darlington FC.
To say farewell in style (or lack thereof), Martin’s final gig with Werbeniuk will be on Saturday 30 April at ARC in Stockton, supporting Space.
Werbeniuk will continue as a four-piece, and will be writing and recording new material, and hopefully bringing it to a venue near you in the near future. Keep em peeled.
We will be hawking our second album “ONE OF US DID” (out now) on SATURDAY 27th FEB at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough. We’ll be joined by Talk Symmetry and The Billingham Forehead.
Striking and contemporary, Talk Symmetry bring a unique twist to electronic music, meshing together synthetic sounds and live guitar melodies, woven with a heady vocal intricacy.
Billingham Forehead features Brian Stevenson, better known from his time in the band Junior Elvis. Currently a two-piece, they sing about love and death (and, formerly, soft drinks).