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The original lineup of London DIY band Let’s Wrestle will reform for a special farewell show after 7 years and 3 albums of garden shed punk

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Seven years ago three inspiringly naive friends from north London formed a band in a garden shed and released a single called ‘I Wish I Was In Hüsker Dü’.

Let’s Wrestle have today announced that after three albums of very English DIY punk they are laying their band to rest, but not before they reform their original lineup (bassist Mike Lightning left the group after the release of their second album, 2011’s ‘Nursing Home’) for a farewell show at London’s 100 Club on July 10th.

Expect the greatest hits that never were, including ‘Let’s Wrestle’, ‘Music Is My Girlfriend’ and ‘Dick In My Zipper’.

Band frontman and songwriter Wesley Patrick Gonzalez has this to say on the band’s split:

“It’s over, not in a bad way but in a good way. I feel myself and the rest of the bands’ formative years were documented pretty accurately by the records we released, which i’m very happy still sound alright. I’m very excited to be doing one last show with my two oldest friends and to put a nail in the coffin of our teenage escapades. I’m very proud of what we did achieve and will be able to remember fondly, rather than thinking back with anger and I’m very grateful for that.

I feel that it’s important that we end with Me, Darkus Bishop and Mike Lightning, as that’s always how I remember Let’s Wrestle – even though we carried on without Mike and made another album that I’m very proud of. It’s the teenage fuckery of the three of us, in a Volvo estate, pissing on windows that I remember and cherish.

Without this band I wouldn’t have ever experienced; scary gun nuts in America, driving through Cardiff city central with Darkus surfing on top of the car (until the Cardiff police arrested us all), trying to steal 188 cans of Stella Artois in a Sainsburys and failing, or meeting Bill Murray – and that’s pretty good!

We started a band to do something that sounded like Swell Maps, but I’m glad it doesn’t and I’m glad it sounds like Let’s Wrestle, as stupid and naive as we were, and make whatever records we felt like making at the time.

There are also so many other people to thank especially everyone who played in later lineups and people who really championed us within labels, management, other bands, magazines and radio but they all know who they are.

I’d mainly like to thank anybody who listened to the records or came to shows. I hope you enjoyed it.

See ya!”

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