Andi Sex Gang

20.04.2017

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.

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctYymLmG3eQ

Ghostpoet – new single

19.04.2017

‘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.

There’s some more info at Clash and The Quietus.

This is the first track from Ghostpoet’s new record which we worked on between November and February.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7OkcTaMBrY

Guitare Moderne interview

21.03.2017

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RjFkOkK7Go

Catching up

18.03.2017

Yasmine Hamdan’s new record Al Jamilat, which was produced by Luke Smith and I, is out today!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUC5cVyQUH8

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.

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0wj4vVqlV8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfjW_0_xht4

I played guitar on a few film scores as well, including this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4VmJcZR0Yg

And, by contrast, this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47h6pQ6StCk

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.

More soon…

One Day Band Session 6

13.11.2016

Following ODB5, I recorded another one of these improvised sessions with Leafcutter John and Tim Harries. Once again Nick Siddall did an amazing job on the mix, and I’m so happy to have been a part of this. Thanks again to Trestle.