Formed late 1979 from various earlier/concurrent local groups. Philip Fay, Pat Pidgeon and Andy Loughran had all been in The Gamblers. Phil Fay also in The Vultures and Zen Alligators. Several band members also played in The Subterraneans (not the Mother Records band).
On Saturday 27 October 1979, the Soul Survivors played the Dandelion Market with Neu Belsen and The Vain. They played the local circuit, headlining smaller gigs and supporting bigger names, including Rudi in Cork in early 1980.
The Soul Survivors recorded a 5 track demo at Eamonn Andrews Studios in 1980 which included three band originals ("Move On", "Coming Up Again" and "Done Staying Around") and two covers "Gotta Get Away" (Jagger/Richards) and "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" (Holland/Dozier/Holland). "Move On" and "Done Staying Around" were issued as a single by Mulligan Records in July 1980.
The Soul Survivors toured in Holland in May (and possibly July) 1980, including gigs at The Paradiso
in Amsterdam and a well received set at Cafe De Kat in Nijmegen in May.
They split sometime in late 1980 or early 1981 with
Ringo, Pidgeon and Loughran all forming Resisdance.
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