Vic Godard (born Vic Napper in London, England) is a vocalist, Subway Sect frontman, songwriter & postman. Vic’s musical adventure which has taken him from post-punk to postman began in 1976 when he formed the Subway Sect with assorted South London soul boys, Rob Symmons (aka Simmons/Miller) on guitar, Paul Myers on bass & Ray Price on drums (replaced later in 76 by Paul Packham (aka Smith) then Mark Laff, then Bob Ward). They formed at the suggestion of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (who wanted another band for the line-up of the 100 Club Punk Festival) after spotting Vic, Rob & Paul at a Sex Pistols gig. Despite their inexperience, Subway Sect made a successful debut at the festival. They went on tour with The Clash on their White Riot Tour in 1977, as well as becoming a regular feature on the new Punk scene.
It`s no secret Vic Godard enjoys working with other artists. Looking back over his extensive career, it-s easy to see his beloved Subway Sect has never had the same line-up. He’s always been forward-looking and never followed any trends, always innovating and essentially doing what he loves best.
He visited Spain at the end of 2010. The tour finished in a city called Vic, like him (!). He’d never thought he’d find a group of young people who admired him so much. The following year, he was invited back by the same people. But this time, the tour was more ambitious than the previous visit. At Vic Godard and Subway Sect’s first gig in the medieval town of Vic in 2010, the then unknown band Mates Mates had been the supporting group. In the 2011 visit, Vic and Mates Mates locked themselves away in a studio to record 3 songs written exclusively for the 7” released at the beginning of 2013.
The 7” has a surprise in store. Who would have thought Vic Godard would sing in Catalan (Mates Mates’ native language)? 3 songs, 2 languages, 2 hits and a ballad, what else could you ask for? At the end of the adventure, Godard confessed that Mates Mates was the band that he connected with most quickly, and this is evident in the soon to be released documentary that shows their creative process .
Special mention to Mates Mates who during this time has become one of the most talked about groups in the Catalan music scene with their album “Vida animal”. His experience and their youthful energy form a wonderful listening combination.