Mega City Four

Often described as punk with a pop edge, Mega City Four came out of the sleepy Hampshire countryside to deliver tales of the downtrodden and the rights of the many.

A six year recording career saw delivery of only 4 studio albums of fast-paced and driving chords, an all too sparse legacy from one of the founding fathers of 90’s guitar bands.

With Wiz’s passing in 2006 the British music scene lost a great songwriter and it is surely time that Mega City Four were again afforded the recognition that they undoubtedly deserve.

“(Wiz) said, shall we call it ‘Magic Bullets’ and we said yeah, that sounds like a good title. It all goes with the picture on the front really, the heart shaped hole and all that. Plus we’ve got twelve letters in the title, we always try to get twelve letters in the titles.”

— Gerry
Mega City Four Sebastopol Rd
EXCLUSIVE: Tales of Sebastopol Rd with Gerry and Karina! October 9, 2013

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Gerry, the Mega City Four bass player discusses Prague, his favourite track from Sebastopol Rd.

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Mega City Four Sebastopol Rd Bundle
Mega City Four – Sebastopol Rd bundle September 12, 2013

Mega City Four hoody unveiled. This very limited hoody is released to commemorate the release of Sebastopol Rd expanded edition.

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Mega City Four Sebastopol Rd Expanded Edition
Mega City Four – Sebastopol Rd – expanded edition August 16, 2013

We are pleased to announce the release of a 2CD expanded edition of Sebastopol Rd by the magnificent Mega City Four. The album featuring 10 previously unreleased tracks will be released on 23rd September.

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Sebastopol Road – Work Begins October 12, 2012

So we met up with the band this week to start the process of putting together the re-ssie of Sebastopol Road

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Forward 4 Wiz Trust Benefit Gig October 7, 2011

On December 10th the West End Centre in Aldershot is holding a fund raising gig for the F4WT with a line up formed of acts born out of the Rocked Out! workshops. You can get tickets from here for £6. …

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Hampshire Zombie! October 4, 2011

MC4’s very own Mr Danny Brown has been busy this summer filming a zombie movie in Hampshire! Check out the details here

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F4WT – Rocked Out Workshop June 15, 2011

F4Wt has announced that it is very pleased to again be supporting the Rocked Out workshops at the West End Centre, Aldershot. To find out more info, take a look at their website

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Listen to a Spotify playlist by Mega City Four drummer, Chris Jones
EXCLUSIVE PLAYLIST: Chris Jones’s from Mega City Four December 7, 2013

We asked Mega City Four drummer player Chris Jones to compile a mixtape of his favourite songs. Click to read about his choices and listen to the playlist.

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Mega City Four - 21 Trax - Gerry's playlist
EXCLUSIVE PLAYLIST: Gerry Bryant from Mega City Four October 9, 2013

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Mega City Four bassist, Gerry, has compiled a playlist of his 21 favourite tracks to celebrate the Sebastopol Rd re-issue 21 years after it first came out.

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Mega City Four Sebastopol Rd
EXCLUSIVE: Tales of Sebastopol Rd with Gerry and Karina!

3 Loop Music EXCLUSIVE!
Gerry, the Mega City Four bass player discusses Prague, his favourite track from Sebastopol Rd.

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Mega City Four USA Tour outtake
Mega City Four vs The USA – Episode outtake! September 20, 2013

In 1992 Mega City Four headed to the USA on tour and made a film about it. After we posted the final episode we found this brilliant outtake on the cutting room floor…

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Mega City Four US Road Trip USA
Mega City Four vs The USA Episode 11 August 8, 2013

In 1992 Mega City Four headed to the USA on tour. In Episode 11, the band, back to LA for a final show at the Whisky A Go Go and get caught up in the glamour and clamour of a Hollywood film premiere.

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Wiz talks about Mega City Four
Mega City Four vs The USA Episode 10 July 26, 2013

In 1992 Mega City Four headed to the USA on tour. Episode 10, the band cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco and as the tour nears the end, they reflect on how the trip has gone.

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Mega City Four visit KROQ
Mega City Four vs The USA Episode 9 February 20, 2013

In 1992 Mega City Four headed to the USA on tour. Episode 9, they drop in on the Mayor Of Sunset Strip, the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer.

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Mega City Four vs The USA Episode 7
Mega City Four vs The USA Episode 7 January 23, 2013

In 1992 Mega City Four headed to the USA on tour. Episode 7 the band play at the legendary CBGB’s in New York and party at the aftershow.

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Mega City Four at CBGB's
Mega City Four vs The USA Episode 6 January 16, 2013

In 1992 Mega City Four headed to the USA on tour. In Episode 6 the band play at the legendary CBGB’s in New York and party at the aftershow.

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Mega City Four USA 5
Mega City Four vs The USA Episode 5 January 9, 2013

In 1992 Mega City Four headed to the USA on tour. Episode 5 of their road movie sees the boys do their first radio interview.

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Farnborough schoolmates Darren Brown and Gerry Bryant, friends since they were 7 years old, made their first dent on the music scene with a band named ‘Stallion’. Darren, better known as ‘Wiz’, was the driving force behind the formation of a new band, adding his brother Danny and drummer Chris Jones to form Mega City Four. All four moved into a house together in Farnborough with two cats, Rosie and Gizmo. MC4’s career kicked off in 1987 with a string of local gigs and, later that year, they released their first single, a double a-side, ‘Miles Apart’/’Running In Darkness’. This earned them support slots with the Senseless Things, Carter USM, the Doughboys and Snuff and they soon established a healthy national following.

In 1989 MC4 toured extensively in support of their debut album, Tranzophobia’, criss-crossing the UK, Europe and North America and earning themselves a reputation as an energetic and ‘full-on’ exciting live band.

Another breathless ‘pop-core’ album ‘Who Cares Wins’ soon followed, accompanied by a compilation of singles under the title ‘Terribly Sorry Bob’, and with attention fully focussed on the bands from major labels, they released Sebastopol Rd on Big Life Records in 1992.

Teaming up with producer Jessica Corcoran (Senseless Things, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Shed Seven and The Wonder Stuff) Sebastopol Road, edging more towards power pop than previous outings but retaining the sweet but melancholic crunchiness of earlier albums, reached No 41 in the UK charts.

Buoyed by the success of Sebastopol Road, the band forged ahead and released ‘Magic Bullets’, their fourth studio album in 1993. However by this time MC4 and Big Life had reached a creative impasse and the band moved on to independent label, Fire Records, for whom they delivered ‘Soulscraper’, their final album.

With the band drifting apart Wiz decided to move to Canada to join the ‘Doughboys’ before forming ‘Serpico’ back in the UK with Gerry, and subsequently ‘Ipanema’.

Tragically Wiz passed away during a band rehearsal on 6th December 2006 at the age of just 44.

Following Wiz’s death a trust was set up in his memory to assist, mentor and educate musicians in furthering themselves both creatively and commercially. The Forward 4 Wiz Trust continues this great work, striving to deliver what Wiz loved most, new music.

Such was the impact of the MC4 that their track ‘Prague’ was included as the b-side of Muse’s international best selling single ‘Resistance’ in 2010,; the single was dedicating to the memory of Wiz.

Tranzophobia - 1989
Tranzophobia - 1989
"Mega City Four's debut is energetic yet monotonous punk with a pop edge, or perhaps that should be new wave with a punk edge": AllMusic
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Who Cares Wins - 1990
Who Cares Wins - 1990
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Sebastopol Road - 1992
Sebastopol Road - 1992
"....a warm and winning album through and through": AllMusic
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Magic Bullets - 1993
Magic Bullets - 1993
"....this LP nevertheless continues the terrific thread of its predecessor in material, sound, and words": AllMusic
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Soulscraper - 1996
Soulscraper - 1996
"...the Megas leave the pack of U.K. bands behind when Wiz's agonized lyrics meet the gut-wrenched guitars, a true soulscraping combo": AllMusic
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Albums
Tranzophobia - 1989
Who Cares Wins - 1990
Terribly Sorry Bob - 1991
Sebastopol Rd. - 1992
Inspiringly Titled - The Live Album - 1992
Magic Bullets - 1993
Peel Sessions - 1993
Soulscraper - 1996

Singles
Miles Apart / Running in Darkness - 1988
Clear Blue Sky - 1988
Less Than Senseless - 1989
Awkward Kid - 1989
Finish EP - 1989
There Goes My Happy Marriage EP -1990
Words That Say - 1991
Stop EP - 1992
Stop (Live Single) - 1992
Shivering Sand - 1992
Shivering Sand (Live Single) - 1992
Iron Sky - 1993
Wallflower - 1993
Wallflower (Live Single) - 1993
Skidding - 1995
Superstar / Chrysanth - 1995
Android Dreams - 1996
3 LOOP FAVOURITES: Mega City Four – Prague October 10, 2012

The original, pre – Muse version. Keep watching for news of the re-issue of Sebastopol Road with rare and unheard tracks.

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Mega City Four – Shivering Sand June 3, 2012

“Forget everything you think you know and start all over again,
Forget everything you think you’ve learned and make some room in your head”

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Mega City Four – Iron Sky May 29, 2012 Watch video...
Mega City Four – Stop May 17, 2012 Watch video...
Mega City Four – Early Interview April 30, 2012 Watch video...

Mega City Four - Stop
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