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I recently came across this documentary about Andi Sex Gang. He was one of the first artists I collaborated with, shortly after I decided to leave music college in 1998. His band Sex Gang Children were enormously influential in the 1980s and he can reasonably be credited with having defined the Goth movement.
Andi is a visionary musician and a true original; he also has a background in social activism and, although when I met him he had recently emerged from a brutal few years, he struck me as one of the most life-affirming, dignified and driven people I’d ever met. He was also very funny.
Playing his extraordinary music remains one of the highlights of my life and although this film is a little rough around the edges, it gives a great idea of what Andi is like and serves as a decent introduction to his art.
I appear very briefly towards the end, in some promotional footage, looking like a scrawny vampire apprentice – though thankfully without the blue hairspray I would occasionally deploy for gigs.
‘Immigrant Boogie’ is out today, It features Charlie Steen (SHAME) on backing vocals and Leo Taylor (The Invisible) on drums. Pretty much everything on this track – vocal, guitar and drums – was a first take.
This is the first track from Ghostpoet’s new record which we worked on between November and February.
Check out the wonderful video for this new single from Bas Jan!
A couple of weeks ago I had a wide-ranging conversation with Michael Ross, experimental guitarist and editor of the excellent Guitare Moderne. He’s written a lot of it up here.
Michael also posted some stuff from YouTube that I had no idea existed, including an early Amoral Avatar show in Russia and the entire Eno/Schwalm ‘Drawn From Life’ concert from 2002!
Yasmine Hamdan’s new record Al Jamilat, which was produced by Luke Smith and I, is out today!
Brett Anderson, whose last two solo records I produced and co-wrote, has a solo career retrospective box-set out today as well – lots of bonus materials and it looks beautiful.
It’s been quite a while since the last update. I’ve finished 3 records since then – for Ghostpoet, Sam Amidon and Seamus Fogarty. All will hopefully come out over the next few months, and I’ll post videos and stuff here.
I helped out a teeny bit with the recording of the amazing Deep Throat Choir. I also helped out a teeny bit on the sessions for Bas Jan, which is Serafina Steer’s new project.
I played guitar on a few film scores as well, including this one:
And, by contrast, this one:
Lots coming up over the next few weeks, including a trip to Belgium to work on the second Oscar And The Wolf record at ICP Studios.