Buckfast Superbee are playing a reunion show after seven years apart. On April 30, the punk band will perform at The Casbah with Furious IV (who are also reuniting after more than seven years) and Diamond Lakes. The lineup includes original members Timothy Joseph, Derek Dutt and Kevin Stram, along with drummer Danny King of The Palace Ballroom. In a phone interview, Joseph says that people have been asking when the band would play again for a long time, but he only recently started taking the idea seriously.
"I don't want to pretend that we made a difference in people's lives," he says. "But ever since we broke up people would come up to me and say 'No, you can't do that!' The guys in the band have wanted to do it for the last couple years. Eventually, one of our songs came up on one of my daughter's iPad playlists, and the idea just kind of struck me—let's book a show."
In March, the band released a new song titled "Chorea," as a preview of sorts for the show. For the time being there are no other shows planned. Joseph says the band is slowly wading in and will weigh possible future shows after this one.
"We just want to do this to see how it feels," he says. "We released a new song, with a video for it, just to generate some interest. There's a lot of questions to be asked."
One thing Joseph stresses is that the band is getting back together because people wanted to hear the music. He says it's mostly for the benefit of fans, and if people enjoy the show, then it'll be worth it.
"I'm not the guy who I was when I wrote those songs," he says. "But I don't want to take anything away from people. The band sounds great, and weíre excited to play the show. Music is attached to a time and place, and a lot of people are excited to hear it again. I want people to engage with the music and have a good time."