Altered States appeared in their original form way back in 1986. A dynamic combination of Lancastrian Yig Hughes (vocals & guitar – middle) with east-end of London rhythm section Rob Ryan (bass – left) and Martin Winbury (drums – right) they were soon signed to the Ediesta label – part of the old Red Rhino empire based in York.
With the debut release “Low Life” (12″) in 1987, the band soon found themselves adopted by a keen audience looking for something more raw and less-theatrical than many of the other alternative bands around at that time. Altered States live is what they were really about. After having seen a gig, you wondered why any band needed more than three in their line-up. They had a remarkable energy and intensity on stage that transferred remarkably well to vinyl (yes, these are the days before CD !) and had this reputation further enhanced with the release of their first (and only…) album release for Ediesta in 1988 titled “Is Anyone Out There ?”