Presence were a British rock band started by Gary Biddles, Lol Tolhurst, and Michael Dempsey. Dempsey and Tolhurst were founding members of The Cure, and Biddles was a former Cure roadie who previously played in Fools Dance with longtime Cure bassist Simon Gallup.


In their brief existence, the band only recorded two albums. Their debut album, Inside, was released in 1993 through Smash Records, a subsidiary of Island Records. They initially began recording their second album, Closer, that same year with former The Smiths producer John Porter[1] at the helm but it wound up being shelved for a little over two decades. The album was posthumously released on 28 April 2014, a year after the death of Gary Biddles.


  • Gary Biddles — vocals
  • Michael Dempsey — bass guitar (early recording sessions)
  • Lol Tolhurst — keyboards
  • Chris Youdell — keyboards
  • Alan Burgess — drums
  • Roberto Soave — bass guitar (on Inside)
  • Rob Steen — guitar
  • Paul Redfern — bass guitar (on Closer)



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