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Inside Edge Caged Bird official photograph
Inside Edge – Caged Bird, An Evolution Catalyst

The Caged Bird Era

Inside Edge enters the Caged Bird era with a formidable wall of sound, serious jeans and serious music.

The band write completely new material, with new vocalist Matt in the frontline.

It’s late 1987 and Inside Edge continue fulltime with song writing, rehearsals and live gigs gaining bigger audiences, a strong local following, and increased press and radio coverage

“…a formidable wall of sound…”  and “raw guitar music with a commerciality only aspired to by other local acts.”

Adam Moss, Music Notes

An Inside Edge concert photograph in black and white showing Mat (vocals and Nigel (bass) in the foreground and Carl (drums) in the background
Inside Edge Live – l to r: Matt, Carl, & Nigel

Deception

Inside Edge, booked more studio time to record a new demo with new vocalist Matt.

The recording session took place at The Shed Studios in Romiley, Stockport with the very able John Slater at the mixing desk.

The demo featured the songs:

  • Deception
  • Forever And A Day.

Press cutting for Sudan Emergency Appeal Concert in September 1988. The press article is entitled 'Pop goes the Sudan Appeal' and features Inside Edge
Sudan Emergency Appeal Concert – Press Cutting

Sudan Appeal

In September 1988 Inside Edge were one of many Manchester bands and artistes who came together in aid of the Sudan Emergency Appeal.

The concert was held at the magnificent Stockport Town Hall Ballroom and featured some great music and entertainment including:


Inside Edge Caged Bird Poster Portrait with the cage bird logo
Caged Bird Artwork

Caged Bird – An Evolution Catalyst

Between rehearsals and a heavy gig schedule, Inside Edge again set aside time at The Shed Studio in Romiley to record more material.

The outcome of the studio session was Caged Bird, which featured the songs:

  • Fool’s Game
  • Fear
  • Who’s To Blame

The Caged Bird release included a limited edition presentation pack featuring a grey marble box, the official Caged Bird band photo, and a bird feather!

The Caged Bird demo was well received and obtained positive press reviews:

“Serious jeans and serious music”

Adam Moss, Music Notes

Inside Edge Caged Bird tour flyer, adverting a gig at The Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, London from July 1989.
Caged Bird Tour Flyer 1989.

Caged Bird Tour

To coincide with the release of Caged Bird, Inside Edge commenced on the Caged Bird Tour to promote the band to a wider audience.

The tour highlights included The Bull & Gate, Kentish Town London, The Jericho Tavern in Oxford, The Boardwalk, Manchester and Centre Stage in Stockport.

 At the end of the Caged Bird Tour, vocalist Matt announced he was leaving the band.

Matt had cemented his place in the evolution of Inside Edge with a positive and significant contribution to the development of the bands music.

Inside Edge was still growing, still developing, and still evolving. Matt’s decision to leave was a setback, but Inside Edge continued its journey.


Inside Edge band name Banner from The Colours You Paint Me era.
Mike - Guitar & Backing Vocals, black and white photograph taken in the rehearsal studio of Inside Edge with the shadow of a child's tri-cycle in the background

Mike

Guitar & Backing Vocals

Nigel - Bass & Keyboards, black and white photograph taken in the rehearsal studio of Inside Edge with the shadow of a child's tri-cycle in the background

Nigel

Bass & Keyboards

Carl - Drums, black and white photograph taken in the rehearsal studio of Inside Edge with the shadow of a child's tri-cycle in the background

Carl

Drums