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Nottingham, United Kingdom

The A Band are a British improvised music collective formed in Nottingham, UK in the late 1980s. In 2005, The Wire magazine stated that “the importance of The A-Band to the UK rock underground is commensurate with the explosive impact that groups like AMM, SME or The People Band had on the free jazz and Improv set. An ever-fluctuating group of artists, dole boys, punk conceptualists and record collectors, they were the first UK ensemble to anchor a free drone music in the muscle and scorch of the most high-energy rock, while keeping it as untutored as the most elemental folk.”

The A Band itself was founded at the behest of saxophonist Vince Earimal, who required a backing band, and the unit quickly became an ever-changing, freeform improvisation unit, able to play without Earimal. Richard Youngs joined upon moving to Nottingham and he recalled in The Wire (also issue 259) that Jim Plaistow and Neil Campbell (of Astral Social Club) were the only constantly present members. They could number up to 18 on any given occasion (largely due to Campbell’s insistence that he would only perform with the band if there was a new member each time). The original collective came to a halt around 1995.

The line-up of the group has never been fixed, with over two dozen members credited on recordings, and several other people appearing live, including Philip Julian of Cheapmachines and Phil Todd of Ashtray Navigations, Karl Waugh, John Aziz, Martin Bizarro, Sharen Woodward (Spew), Simon Murphy and Simon Wickham-Smith.

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  • supernormalfest

    A Band are playing this year's Supernormal Festival - http://supernormalfestival.org.uk/ - tickets are only £65 for the whole weekend and it's going to be a blinder! If you're coming, let us know on here so we can get to know all you lovely people :-) http://www.last.fm/festival/1819826+Supernormal+2011

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    Oops. The A Band are in the similar artists for Alterations. I wonder whose fault that is... *whistles*

    13 Jul 2010 Reply
  • boozec

    Is there anyone who can hook me up with an LP/EP from these guys?

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    Our tracks are no longer fully streamable, and most of them are over 20 mins in length. How is a 30sec preview representative of our music? Last FM made these changes without our consent!! http://www.last.fm/group/Bring+back+the+full-track+streaming

    13 Apr 2010 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    YES!!!!! Alterations are in the top similar artists!!!!!! :o)))

    6 Mar 2010 Reply
  • grahamdunning

    Inadvertently played a gig with some of you at the Synth Off... Nicely done, small world, etc! Graham Dunning Blood Moon

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    not us?

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • neil_campbell

    "Medley 2010 (w/ Pipes & Drums)" was ist das?

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    Stewart: Last FM shows all tracks that people who have downloaded the Last FM software play on their computers, even the tracks that have NOT been uploaded. These are the ones you cannot play. The reason you cannot play them is because they are NOT on here... also, nothing can be done about other or incorrect tracks and artists, except voting for the most correct option or adding an explanation in the band description...

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
  • neil_campbell

    hippies!

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • stewartkeith

    Can somebody sort out the tracks on here? I can only play a few, and there are several by some other A Band (hello to all other groups called The A Band, by the way - yes, we know you're out there)

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    I'm trying to get the recording from the guy who had the Zoom... as I so stupidly forgot to empty my Edirol before the gig...

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • stewartkeith

    hopefully to be released on vinyl someday - that's how good it was.

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    Martin: that would be a quote from the Manchster gig... hopefully available soon

    20 Jul 2009 Reply
  • martinbizarro

    "we're going to be tuneful and melodic. Apart from the vacuum cleaner and the four huge metal things that we found outside" is a great quote.

    20 Jul 2009 Reply
  • stewartkeith

    me too, I especially like how the tabletop stuff is quietly omnipresent

    16 Jul 2009 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    I like Seth's recording of Almost Asleep.

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    hmm...I somehow deleted the "don't like" comment you were replying to, Stewart. The feeling still remains, though. I prefer it as sound-only (or image without sound).

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    No, I just really don't like it and I think it detracts from the sound. Actually, if watched without sound, it's really quite entertaining. Somehow, though, for me, when both sound and image are put together in the vid... the result makes for an uncomfortable spectacle. I really don't like it.

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • stewartkeith

    is that because you're featured in it? I think he just filmed where the only light was (see the beginning for how it looked from the other side) I like it because it shows some of the silliness that was the central thingy (although there's no whoopee cushion visible)

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
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