Punk 'supergroup' Wingmen (The Stranglers, The Damned, Ruts DC) line up UK tour in support of debut album

Wingmen
(Image credit: Cadiz Music)

Wingmen, a new 'supergroup' featuring members of The Stranglers, The Damned, Ruts DC and Johnny Moped have announced a UK tour for January to tie in with the release of their self-titled debut album.

Formed out of pandemic isolation boredom and frustration, the group features The Stranglers frontman Baz Warne, guitarist Leigh Heggarty from Ruts DC, The Damned bassist Paul Gray and Johnny Moped drummer Marty Love, who also plays with Gray and The Damned's Captain Sensible in The Sensible Gray Cells. Wingmen's 10 track debut album is set for release on January 27 via Cadiz Music, and their UK tour will kick off on January 18 at Colchester Arts Centre.

“I called Paul and suggested to him that we should have a go at a new project after enjoying working together on The Sensible Gray Cells record and if so, did he have anyone in mind,” explains drummer Marty on how Wingmen came to be. “And we both wanted to work with Leigh, and he was interested in the idea. I asked Leigh if he knew any vocalists that may fancy it and he said Baz Warne could be worth a call, and to my surprise Baz said yes! So, then there were four. "

“It's funny how these things turn out,” adds Paul Gray. “We had no idea where this project might take us; an idea born out of frustration became a full band within 24 hours, words and riffs and much tuneage followed, beers and jolly banter ensued when we finally met up to mix the results, a record company said "yes please!" and now we find ourselves taking the results off on tour! And we'll be joined by Rob Coombes from Supergrass on keys - it's gonna be an absolute blast!”

“I just can't wait for this line up to hit the stage and play these songs to the public,” continues Marty Love. “It's all about getting your hard work heard and getting a real live reaction. And having Rob Coombes onboard will make this band sparkle.”

Wingmen will play:

Jan 18: Colchester Arts Centre 
Jan 20: Milton Keynes Crauford Arms
Jan 21: London Islington Academy
Jan 22: Bristol The Fleece  
Jan 24: Newcastle The Cluny 
Jan 25: Leeds Old Woollen Mill 
Jan 26: Liverpool Academy 2 
Jan 28 Birmingham Academy 2 
Jan 29 Brighton Concorde 2 

Watch a trailer for the tour/album below:

Wingmen is set for release on January 27 (opens in new tab). The album tracklist is:

1. Starting Blocks
2. The Last Cigarette
3. Louie Smokes The Bible
4. Brits
5. I Would If I Could
6. Down In The Hole
7. Mary Go Round
8. Oh! What A Carry On
9. Backstage At The Opera
10. It’s Raining All Over England

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.