EXTC - FEEDBACK

EXTC (L-R) Steve Hampton, Terry Chambers, Matt Hughes, Steve Tilling
EXTC (L-R) Steve Hampton, Terry Chambers, Matt Hughes, Steve Tilling

"EXTC eased themselves into the gig like a boxer in a world championship fight. A knockout performance." Record Collector  

"EXTC delivers everything to fans who've waited 40 years... the music is brilliantly performed." The Big Takeover  

"What a night. To see EXTC is to spend the best evening in the best company and, given the chance, you really should go. If King Arthur and Merlin were ever to wake, they would be pleased to see how the good folk of Albion remember them." Dave Jennings, Louder Than War (full review)

"Post punk was a high-water time for great drummers and XTC's Terry Chambers was easily one of the best of that rhythmic generation. To this day his drum sounds and shapes on those peak time XTC albums are astonishing. He was a key member of the band who were always a rushing fountain of glorious pop ideas - from their frenetic debut with its off-kilter rush of fragmented brilliance to the aching new wave pop anthems to their dub space to their pastoral pomp to their effortless pop genius to their experimental rhythmic and profound almost prog clank, they unzipped pop music inside out.

John Robb
John Robb

Like all great bands, though, they could only be as good as their drummer, and always more than underpinning their flights of sonic fancy was Terry Chambers - powerful and perfect, not only playing to the song like the great god drummer Ringo but often leading them. The very sound at its peak was a combination of Hugh Padgham's mic technique and production juggernaut but would have been impossible without Terry's perfect groove, muscular attack, keen sense of swing, and embrace of space and minimalism - the best drummers know what not to play and make every beat count." John Robb - music journalist, boss of Louder Than War, musician (The Membranes, Goldblade) and author.


"Terry Chambers' piledriving, powerhouse drumming was an integral part of the XTC sound during their early hitmaking years. He provided a rock-steady backbone to the lyrical and musical brilliance of Messrs Partridge, Moulding, Andrews and Gregory across five classic albums and a slew of great pop singles. Now, after more than three decades away from the spotlight, he's back, and his triumphant return to the live stage is proof that the old fire still burns bright.

Darryl W. Bullock
Darryl W. Bullock

Following a rapturously received series of shows with the other half of XTC's rhythm section in TC&I, Terry continues to pull them in as part of his own band - the superb EXTC (a name, coincidentally, bestowed upon them by Andy Partridge) - three multi-talented musicians (including his former TC&I bandmate Steve Tilling) who share his love of playing in front of a live audience. Performing songs from the entire XTC canon, an EXTC gig is a night to be remembered." Darryl W. Bullock, author of David Bowie Made Me Gay and The Velvet Mafia


Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher

"The all-guitar line-up recalls XTC in its heyday. Songs that never sat together before suddenly seem part of a unified body of work. It's all part of the one rich and imaginative canon; like dipping into a selection box of chocolates, except without the ones in purple wrappers you always avoid." Mark Fisher - The Guardian, Limelight


"A strong live band, backed by a tight, confident drummer who oozes feel for the songs and drives them in a way that simply must be experienced. The gig filled me with joy. EXTC nailed it." Phil Lively, The Progressive Aspect


"I've had the privilege of seeing two EXTC performances and both experiences have been FANTASTIC. The focus was on pleasure and fun... and the quality of the music was first class. A real treat." Mandy Hamilton


"A packed, enthusiastic crowd of super fans with two marvellously played sets of their favourite songs was a magic combination. We sang along 'til hoarse and cheered them to the rafters!" George Glen

"XTC songs brought to new life with energy, passion and fun, topped off by Terry Chambers' iconic drumming. A fantastic gig - I'd happily see EXTC every night of the year!" Julie Matthews