A band has released a special compilation album to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Over the last two decades Accrington’s The Itch have performed alongside The Buzzcocks, The Jam and iconic punk bands including Stiff Little Fingers and Sham 69.

The group has also released hit songs gaining widespread popularity from countries including Japan, Italy, Belgium and the United States.

The newly released ‘20 Year Itch’ album includes the back catalogue of all their songs with tracks from their debut record Avenue Parade, along with previously unheard demos and tracks only released abroad.

Guitarist Colin Benmore said it was a great way to celebrate the band’s longevity.

He said: “I got contacted by Detour Records asking about doing an album and they asked us about putting everything on to one album, the whole back catalogue.

“This is only the second album we have done but we have appeared on a lot of compilations and demos.

“It’s great that it’s now been released and it's a great way to celebrate the 20 years.”

The Itch
The Itch
 

The band – originally known as Technical Itch – was founded in Accrington back in 1992 by brothers Colin and Dave Benmore, friend Pat Gallagher and later joined by Mark Griffiths.

Their first single Wigan to Brighton was released in 1995 and drew praise from Radio 1’s John Peel who called the band to say how much he loved the track.

Colin, who now also works as a site supervisor at Accrington Academy, said over the years they have been fortunate enough to support and play alongside many of their boyhood idols.

He said: “We have many memories that stand out. The best one was probably when we supported The Jam as they were the first people we ever went to see and they were the inspiration to form the band.

“We have played at a lot of rallies and seaside resorts and done the Isle of Wight scooter festival.” The band has now recruited two new members Russell Lowe and Stephen Horsfield and they hope to produce another album by the end of next year.

Colin, 49, said: “We are going to be doing some more recordings and supporting slots with bigger bands.

“We are writing songs at the moment and we really want to get another album out there.”