Impact on BMXers
Published in Cambridge Evening News on 17 December 2004

ST NEOTS hardcore five-piece Impact have been let loose from the local circuit and are threatening to take the BMX obsessed scene by storm.

The group have recently released the ear battering single The Barren Landscape of You on cult Cambridge label Repeat and it has been getting national attention, becoming a favourite on Radio One's punk slot The Lock Up.

The track is a double A-side with Bury St Edmunds mosh makers The Volunteers on the flip side and is also raising money for anti-fascist group Love Music, Hate Racism.

Although the band have been around for a few years playing at skateboarding and BMX events and local venues, they are now getting serious and are planning an album.

Guitarist Mike told Venue: "Neither us or The Volunteers are signed so Repeat records agreed to put this out to get the music out there and see what reaction we get and it's been really good so far.

"It's not just about getting signed, we just want to get the music out to as many people as possible. We did a mini tour of East Anglia and we got a really good reaction.

"We have decided we are going into the studio to record an album and get that to the record labels and see what happens."

The band have been helping raise money for a skatepark in St Neots and the committee, made up of local youngsters, has just learned that they have raised enough cash to make the dream a reality.

"Hardcore is not that big here right now. It's very big in the States but it's all linked in with BMX and skateboarding," Mike explained.

"Two thirds of the band are BMXers and we have done music for BMX videos.

"I think it's about the attitude that skaters have about not conforming to the norms of everyone else.

BMXing and skateboarding are quite aggressive sports and a lot of people like to listen to something loud and heavy to get their adrenaline going while they are doing it."

The single is available from and the band will be playing it at the Portland Arms on January 8.