Formed in 2008, Widows came together from the ashes of various bands around the Nottingham heavy music scene. Initially formed by James Kidd and Adam Jolliffe in an attempt to move on from playing metal and get back to their classic/stoner rock roots, they demoed the band’s 1st EP in its entirety on a home recording set up before even getting into a rehearsal studio. Picking up drummer Steve Mellor and bassist Evan Christodoulou across the next few months, Widows evolved into a serious undertaking and began gigging in 2009. The debut EP ‘Raise the Monolith’ was recorded in August 2009 and self released later that year before being picked up by Bad News Records and released with worldwide distribution in July 2010.
Taken under the wing of Desert Scene.co.uk promoters, Widows have played with a number of great bands on the stoner scene like Atomic Bitchwax, Nebula, and Truckfighters and are currently organising tours in the UK and Europe to promote themselves further n raise their profile.
Due to work and family commitments, Evan had to depart the fold in Feb 2011 but has promptly been replaced by Ste Birch (formerly of Millicent Grove) who joined up just in time for the new album.
Widows are currently in the studio recording their debut full length CD ‘Death Valley Duchess’, slated for release in early October, look out for updates on their web pages including the album recording blog on their MySpace page.
"Here is your Friday morning wake-up call people! Widows is a Stoner/Sludge band from Nottingham, UK. These dudes smack you upside the head with a pissed off attitude and a southern swagger. Kick-ass riffs, steamroller grooves, grimey vocals, and unpredictability in an otherwise cliched genre make Widows a band to definitely keep an ear out for. Give me more!"