Phil Nicholls – Photographer

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A long time ago we were at Bath Moles recording our first album and press representative Chris Sharpe from Beggars Banquet came up to the studio with about 7 photographers zipped up portfolios and placed them all on the table for us to peruse and pick a photographer to do our album and press shots. I didn’t even have to open any of them when I saw Phil Nicholls name on the front of one of the folders. I put my hand on the portfolio and said to Chris: “He’s doing it, Phil Nicholls!”

“You haven’t even looked at it?” he said.

I didn’t need to. While I was at college doing my photography degree I had been keeping a scrapbook and collecting and cutting out pictures from the music papers, especially Phils from the Melody Maker. His photographs were different to everyone else’s. They had a unique sense of stillness and pathos and a calm empathy with the subject matter. They were always immaculately printed too, almost bathed in light.

I’m proud to have Phil as a mate since that first time he came up and I’ve lost count how many times he has travelled with us, been at studios and gigs snapping his brilliant pictures. When you meet him, you understand why his pictures have such a quality about them.

Check out his website, it’s more than just music photography.

MuZiK KluB 20 on it’s way…

All MuZiK KluBs were posted out this afternoon!

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Gavin Clark RIP

I was sad to hear about the death of Gavin Clark, who died on Monday, a fine fine singer. (Is it just me or is the beginning of this song a sample chopped up of Sam Hemptons guitar from the middle of Candlelight? It sounds EXACTLY the same?)

Here’s a great documentary about Gavin by Shane Meadows…

Noisey are extremely proud to present “The Living Room” – a new film from Shane Meadows, the man behind films such as “This Is England” and “Dead Man’s Shoes”. The film is about Shane’s long term friend and collaborator Gavin Clark, whose music features in many of Shane’s projects.

Update: On Monday morning (February 16, 2015), Gavin Clark shockingly passed away at the age of 46. A peerless songwriter and poet, Gavin is infamous for his work with Sunhouse and Clayhill, and had collaborated heavily with UNKLE. He is also much loved for his musical collaboration with visual director Shane Meadows on films such as Somers Town and This Is England, plus the recent live re-scoring of Dead Man’s Shoes.

MuZiK KluB 19 includes latest F*** Me USA Album!

fuck me USA Lost Masters

Great new MuZiK KluB release this month which is a feast of Electro-Clash inspired by Spacemen 3, Underworld and Suicide! Listen to a stream of “Nothing Feels Real Anymore” here…

1. Nothing Feels Real Anymore 7:04
2. I’ll Trouble You No More 7:13
3. I Nearly Lost My Way 6:08
4. I Don’t Want To Follow Leaders 6:20
5. To Be Truly Alone 4:00
6. I Feel Your Love 5:04

Fuck Me USA – The Lost Masters
1. Gangster Love (On The Freeway)
2. Mean Street
3. Jimmy on the Stateside
4. My Side Of Town
5. American Dream
6. NYPD Blue
7. Downtown Shakedown
8. Guns For Hire
9. Lonely City
10. New Your City Blood

New MuZiK KluB T-shirts!!

I have to say that the new limited edition T-shirt giveaway with this months MuZiK Klub looks well classy with the silver logo on grey. I have my Mother over for xmas and she is folding them all and packing them ‘sweatshop-stylee’ to earn her keep!

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