Eyeless Boxed Set available now!

Pretty neat set of all Eyeless In Gaza material – Eyeless In Gaza: Skeletal Framework – just released on Cherry Red, booklet includes some great track notes from Martyn plus a few of my shots of Eyeless.

Eyeless At Cov Climax

Eyeless In Gaza in action at Coventry Climax, 3rd April 1980

The complete Eyeless In Gaza Cherry Red recordings, compiled and curated by Martyn Bates and Pete Becker – coming this August!

Eyeless In Gaza: Skeletal Framework – The Cherry Red Recordings 1981-1986, 5CD Box Set

• 5CD clamshell box set featuring sleevenotes and extensive song-by- song reminisces by Martyn Bates.

• Their entire 1981-1986 output for the label re-worked into five thematic suites by the band, bringing new life and light to familiar and much-loved material.

• Includes the classics ‘Invisibility’, ‘Veil Like Calm’, Kodak Ghosts Run Amok’, ‘New Risen’ and many more.

• A brilliant introduction for the curious and a fascinating re-visit for long-term fans.

During the first half of the 1980s, few artists cut a path as individual and self-contained as Eyeless In Gaza. Over six albums and several classic singles, the duo followed their muse in multiple different directions at once, unrestrained by any desire to fit in with whatever was going on around them. Bursts of primal electronica sat comfortably alongside reflective ballads and lo-fi recordings and polished productions were equally valued, all of it pulled together by Martyn Bates’ unmistakable vocals and a singular, minimalist approach to songwriting.

Curated by Eyeless In Gaza, and accompanied by Martyn Bates’ song-by-song reflections on their work, ‘Skeletal Framework’ presents the band’s entire Cherry Red output re-cast as five themed suites (or perhaps even playlists), each reflecting one of their many sides. The group’s best-known work sits comfortably alongside deeper album cuts and rarities with interesting results, as the duo guide us back and forth across recordings spanning almost six years of one of Cherry Red’s most distinctive artists.

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Litten Tree Show

Exhibition at the Litten Tree Building Showrooms now open & up until the 24th March. Thanks to Alan for use of the space and Mark Cook for both hanging the prints and DJ’ing at the launch. Plus to all the people who turned up & I got to chat with on the night.

LTB afternoon before launch

Top floor LTB afternoon before launch

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@ Litten Tree Building hanging my show

Upstairs at LTB hanging the show – thanks to the irreplaceable assistance of Mark Cook, expert in hammering, measuring and picking out the right nails at Wicks – also DJ of some renown, who will be playing choice selections from his vast collection of sorted tunes at the exhibition launch, Friday 18th Feb.

Upstairs at LTB, hanging prints

Upstairs at LTB, hanging prints, Mark Cook on ladder

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More prints for Litten exhibition

Managed to get a few more prints done for the exhibition at Litten Tree Building Showrooms – which opens on the 18th Feb and runs to 24th March, 2022. Should end up with 18 or more very large format prints on the top floor of the LTB.

Also Litten Tree Building has a gig with Dr Alex Paterson (of The Orb) on Saturday 19th Feb, and when some provides a bit more infos I’ll add a link…

Large Format Print - Coventry Festival Against Racism

Large Format Print – Coventry Festival Against Racism, Butts stadium – June 1981

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2022: @ Litten Tree Building

Exhibition at the delightful Litten Tree Building Showrooms, thanks to Alan Denyer who fixed up the venue and offered me the space to show my large format prints.

This free exhibition, opens 18th Feb 2022 and goes on until March 24th, if you caught the exhibition at the Tin last September, this is a much bigger space and all being well I should get to include more prints.

This Is Then, Litten Tree Buildings, 18th Feb – 24th March 2022

Litten Tree Stairwell

Litten Tree Stairwell

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this is then

A visual record of the Coventry music scene 1979-1981 by Mark Osborne.

A work in progress.

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