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Andy Gill, guitarist of Gang of Four, dies aged 64

Andy Gill, the guitarist who provided scratching, seething sounds that fulled British punk band Gang of Four, died Saturday at the age of 64. 

Gill died after a brief respiratory illness unfortunately progressed. Touching tributes were posted online from all walks of life. Gills commitment to the band was outlined on Twitter by one of the other members “His uncompromising artistic vision and commitment to the cause meant that he was still listening to mixes for the upcoming record, whilst planning the next tour from his hospital bed,”

Gill was born in Manchester on January 1, 1956. The band formed in 1976 when Jon King, Andy Gill, Dave Allen and Hugo Burnham met each other at university in Leeds. The band’s debut single “Damaged Goods” backed up with “(Love Like) Anthrax” and “Armalite Rifle”, was recorded in June 1978 and released on 10 December 1978, on Edinburgh’s Fast Product label. It rose to Number 1 in the indie charts and became a regular on the John Peel radio show. This early success led to two Peel radio sessions which propelled the band into international attention, mainly due to their emphatic live performances. 

1979 Gang of Four released the debut album “Entertainment!” To critical acclaim, It was named by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003 as one of the 500 greatest albums ever.

This being said the band wasn’t far away from controversy, the BBC invited the band to play “At Home He’s a Tourist” (which topped the charts) on ‘Top of the Pops’. The band walked off and refused to play after the BBC asked the band to change the lyrics from ‘rubbers’ to ‘rubbish’ as the original line was considered too risqué. The single was subsequently banned by the BBC radio and TV. A later single “I Love a Man in a Uniform” was also banned by the BBC during the Falklands War in 1982. 

The 70s punk scene in Leeds were wreck-less places for the faint-hearted. One extreme saw the first openly Nazi punk bands the Dentists and the Ventz. The other extreme saw the city’s university and the radical leftwing theory popular in its fine art department produced the Mekons, Delta 5 and Gang of Four. As you could imagine the result was frequent chaos and terrible violence through the university campus and at the F Club, the city’s main punk venue. This unrest placed mass influence on the music bands were producing. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Gill “virtually weaponised the instrument with his stabbing, scraping attack and feedback sorcery.”

The band followed up their debut album with ‘Solid Gold’. The album was a massive success providing us with songs such as ‘What We All Want’, ‘Paralysed’, ‘He’d Send in the Army’ and ‘Cheeseburger’. 

In addition to Gill’s work with the Gang of Four, he was also a record producer. He produced or co-produced all of the band’s albums. He also produced albums for artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Jesus Lizard, the Stranglers, the Futureheads, Michael Hutchence, Killing Joke, Polysics, Fight Like Apes, Therapy? and the Young Knives. Most notably working with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on their self-titled debut in 1984. 

There’s no doubt when it comes to assessing Gill’s talent, you could say he was the most acclaimed guitarist to come from the post-punk era. We’ll leave you with a statement wrote by one of his former band members “We’ll remember him for his kindness and generosity, his fearsome intelligence, bad jokes, mad stories and endless cups of Darjeeling tea. He just so happened to be a bit of a genius too.”

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London Fashion Week Mens

It’s the start of the new year and that means one thing, new fashion. Saturday the 4th saw the opening day of London Fashion Week Men’s. We sent our best snapper to see what all the fuss was about. Collections from Ahluwalia, Astrid Anderson, Per Gotesson and Stefan Cooke graced the stage. Exciting stuff but you’ll have to wait to episode 7 of the melted magic mag to see the good stuff! 

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Nitty

Nitty is an up and coming Drum & Bass producer and DJ based in Leeds influenced by the UK Bass scene. 

We were tasked to produce a logo, Facebook cover, Soundcloud banner with a distinctive pattern design with the colour scheme of green and purple. It needed to be distinctive so that can it be transferred onto other media’s while still keeping its identity. We used subtle but powerful triangular shapes to form the pattern. The outcome came out well and we had excellent feedback from Nitty.

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Perspex

We traveled to the depths of Dudley Street Space Station to capture the video of “Perspex – Jesus On The Valium”. Filmed and edited by the Melted Magic Club, music by Perspex.

Perspex are an outfit who won’t stay in the wardrobe – always changing their colours, wrestling with Mr sonic possibilities upon an old sofa bed made from chart hit formulas and fuzz pedals. Through a love of angular guitar music, 70s krautrock and 60s girl groups, The golden boys have crafted what they call “Plastik Muzik” – a term coined on pink sugar paper in the arsehole of a 7-day brainstorm. After gigging up and down the country, a tightness has been reached, an act has been born.

We filmed and directed the different shots from the confines of a back to back house in depths of York. After capturing the footage we headed to the studio to process and edit. The aim was to create a video that reflected the fuzzy sound of the band. We purposely lowered the quality of the video adding a grain effect to supplement this style.

The photography compliments the video as a visual reference.

To celebrate the release of their new tune, Perspex played a gig at Oporto in Leeds. We kept the poster clean taking inspiration from the Swiss-style movement. The colour scheme mirrors the 70s colour pallet style using less saturated hues.

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This is the fourth edition of the melted magic mag. We’ve doubled the pages and doubled the fun (hopefully). We’ve reviewed some shorts, looked at some nice jackets and we’ve even timetabled some class events for you to take part in. Test your musical knowledge with our ‘pub quiz’ while studying Giovanni Ricco’s beautiful snaps. What’s not to like?This is the second edition of the melted magic mag. This time round we analysed the people you’re most likely to see at the rave. We had a look at some of Patryk Krygowski’s work. Helvetica took centre stage, but you’ll have to buy it to find out how!

This is the fourth edition of the melted magic mag. We’ve doubled the pages and doubled the fun (hopefully). We’ve reviewed some shorts, looked at some nice jackets and we’ve even timetabled some class events for you to take part in. Test your musical knowledge with our ‘pub quiz’ while studying Giovanni Ricco’s beautiful snaps. What’s not to like?This is the second edition of the melted magic mag. This time round we analysed the people you’re most likely to see at the rave. We had a look at some of Patryk Krygowski’s work. Helvetica took centre stage, but you’ll have to buy it to find out how!

This is the fourth edition of the melted magic mag. We’ve doubled the pages and doubled the fun (hopefully). We’ve reviewed some shorts, looked at some nice jackets and we’ve even timetabled some class events for you to take part in. Test your musical knowledge with our ‘pub quiz’ while studying Giovanni Ricco’s beautiful snaps. What’s not to like?This is the second edition of the melted magic mag. This time round we analysed the people you’re most likely to see at the rave. We had a look at some of Patryk Krygowski’s work. Helvetica took centre stage, but you’ll have to buy it to find out how!