Working out of San Francisco The Contractions burned across
the Punk/New Wave scene in the late 70's and early 80's. Their
rough edged urban garage rock mixed with a pop-funk sensibility
grabbed immediate fan and critical support. Mary Kelley played
lead guitar, Kathy Peck was
on bass, and Debbie Hopkins weighed in on the drums. And everybody
sang. The Contractions were a female trio with the right sound
in the right place, at the right time. The Contractions played
4 national tours and shared shows with Duran Duran, The Jim
Carroll Band, The Go Go's, The Blasters, Oingo Boingo, X,
Black Flag, DKs Chris Isaak and many many others.
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Here's just a few things people were saying about the band
as they toured the country:
"...their music has the hard driven, raw energy that's
the earmark of the New Wave and (they're) performing better
than most anybody else around." - Pacific Sun
"...a hard hitting trio, blending infectious rhythms
with lyrics and themes touching on the avant-garde."
- L.A. Weekly
"...(there's) danger in their music, music that's on
the edge and constantly shifting." - Toronto's SHADE'S
"The Contractions are a new band, definitely not trend
followers, their music defies any real attempt at categorization."
The Contractions were always energetic and exciting. Their
shows worked because their audience and the band were on the
same wave, playing hard, playing tight, and keeping all the
rough edges needed to make it in the urban scene.
Contractions reunited 2001 for the first time in over a decade
for the "H.E.A.R. This"
benefit CD compilation adding their song track "
Rules and Regulations" to the international Punk and
Rock roaster of bands. Bass player, Kathy
Peck is the co-founder of Hearing Education and Awareness
for Rockers (H.E.A.R)
and its executive director. Mary Kelley got her degree from
St. John's College and has continued her music career writing
and touring the East Coast and Europe. Debbie Hopkins continued
her drumming with Bay Area bands and is a now a physical therapist.
Listen to the Contractions track: Bewitching Me MP3
Contractions Live at SIR San Francisco Angle Prod. 1981
February 3, 2001
" H.E.A.R. This" benefit
Contractions Reunion photo
June 2, 2001.
Black and White Ball
Discography: Album: Something Broke
Singles: Rules and Regulation/ You Touched Me
Breaking Up Is Not Hare To Do /Don't Blame It On Me
Sound of Music Compliation
HEAR THIS CD Compilation on SubCity Records available at Tower
Records and other records stores across the US.
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