Saboteurs formed in Lincoln UK in late 2015. Ben Ellis (vocals/guitars) was performing solo acoustic originals and playing in folk-punk band Dog Goblins while Rick Whitehead (guitars/vocals) had been lead songwriter and guitarist in an alt-metal band, Tripswitch. When Warren ‘Wozza’ Nel joined on drums in 2016, the band hit the road racking up countless gigs, including several festivals slots. Lizzie Clarke (ex-Almaboobies) took over on bass in 2017 bringing her own brand of hyper stage presence to the band's live performances.
‘We have a diverse range of musical influences including New Model Army, Tool, Queens of The Stone Age, Deftones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Siouxsie And The Banshees. Above all, our music is totally and utterly from our hearts. When we first got together we realized that trying to scratch every one of our musical itches would be a tall order. But we knew how much music meant to each of us and that we didn’t much care for trends. We were all experienced musicians with our own individual tastes, backgrounds, and tales to tell and we threw it all into the melting pot to create the sound we have now.
We released our debut EP, simply titled ‘Saboteurs’ (link Spotify), on 2 February 2018. The first track, ‘Nobody Knows Me Like You’, is about personal failings and mental health. It's about questioning yourself and those closest to you. Asking as a person, father, mother, or friend; ‘Am I coping?’, ‘Where do you go from here?’, or ‘What are you working on at the moment’? Well, for now, we're looking forward to more gigs across the UK and Europe and playing some more festivals in the summer. But we hope to return to the studio soon to continue our journey'