During the late '70s, Rockpile
was the touring band for both Dave Edmunds
and Nick Lowe
. Like Edmunds
, the band was passionate about traditional rock & roll. Like Lowe
, the band played with a reckless, trashy abandon. Driven by the powerful rhythm section of drummer Terry Williams
's bass, guitarists Billy Bremner
were free to spit out crushing rock, blues, rockabilly, and country licks. With their fierce live energy and unpretentious rock & roll, the band fit easily into the post-punk new wave at the end of the decade.
Although they only released one album as a group -- 1980's Seconds of Pleasure -- the band provided support for most of the albums Lowe
recorded in the late '70s. After the rushed release of Seconds of Pleasure, the band toured one last time before splitting apart, largely due to mismanagement. All of the members continued to occasionally collaborate with each other throughout the '80s.