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The Pagans of Northumberland: Side Project Ruffians Turned Full-Time Hooligans 

Saturday 14th, October 2017 / 10:00
By Sarah Mac 

Local punks going full-time with their oi! tunes


CALGARY – When the system isn’t working and you go back to our old ways, you get The Pagans of Northumberland.  

Although these rebellious punks have only released a handful of songs, their style and sound is a perfect example of the punk and oi from decades past. Gritty, raspy vocals are backed by hard-hitting drum and bass lines infused with a classic U.K. punk flair. Up-tempo guitar riffs are accompanied by socially and politically driven lyrics; it’s a perfect soundtrack when paired with football and any other drinking related activities.  

The Pagans of Northumberland consist of four members, each hailing from well-known and stellar bands of the past. Clayton MacNeill from Knucklehead on guitar and vocals; Joel Diemer from The Disruptors on guitar; Tim Whelean from the Motherfuckers on drums and Mike McLeod from the Mad Cowboys and Chixdiggit! on bass.  

“It started out as a side project. Then it became the only band that all of us are in; it took on a life of its own and slowly became full-time,” MacNeill explains.

He continues “and at first the plan was to just put out a bunch of seven inches. But as we started getting to it, we kind of accumulated enough songs that we decided, let’s just do a full-length. So, I’m not sure when, but within the year our first full-length album will be released. We have it ready to go, we’re just shopping around for labels and getting that kind of stuff figured out.” 

The Pagans have been quite casual in the past when it comes to shows, but with a full-length album in the works, lately they’ve been making more appearances. 

“We’re starting to do a lot more shows around town and getting the word out. We haven’t done too much touring, but it’s in the works. We’ve all played in bands for 20 years, we know that if you go out somewhere without anything no one really cares. You’re just a band that’s playing a show, unless you have a release or something else to support it.”  

He continues,  “We’re hoping a lot of people will come out to the show at the Palomino though, the Suede Razors are a great band from Oakland and we have a full-length coming soon. So, it should be a great night.” 

You heard them, Calgary! Come out, raise a glass and show some love to The Pagans of Northumberland!  


Don’t miss The Pagans of Northumberland when they play on Saturday, October 21 at the Palomino Smokehouse & Bar (Calgary). Listen to the band online at