Jesus and Mary Chain Play Nick Sanderson Benefit

Bands including Mary Chain, British Sea Power and Black Box Recorder announce benefit for family of Earl Brutus man.

The Train Driver In Eyeliner tribute concert featuring Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Box Recorder, British Sea Power and Earl Brutus DJs, has been announced for October 27 at the Kentish Town Forum.

Tickets for the show are priced at £20 and are available via All proceeds from the show will go to Nick’s immediate family.

To read Ian Harrison’s obituary and appreciation of Nick, click here.

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Born Sheffield, South Yorkshire 22nd April 1961 Nick was a talented musician with an infectious passion for everything from Manchester United to the British rail system, British history & ornithology.

Nick started out as drummer with Sheffield post-punk group Clock DVA in the early Eighties before a stint with The Gun Club. A member of Manchester’s World of Twist, Nick also went on to regularly drum for Jesus & Mary Chain, for whom he played on their 1998 album Munki.

Yet it was to be Earl Brutus, the band he formed with Gordon King of World Of Twist and Jim Fry, who he knew from his Clock DVA days, which gave a voice to Nick’s acute sense of the minutiae of British culture.

The name was meant to conjure up "a pub that’s quite a rough sort of place, but with a nice carvery on Sunday lunchtimes" and they marvelously continued to be at odds with all prevailing trends courtesy of both a musical blend that fell somewhere between Kraftwerk and the terrace-stomp of classic glam-rock and a keen lyrical absurdity that often championed the un-celebrated while deriding the vacuous.

Having originally come from a railway family, Nick was to finally become a train driver on the London to Brighton line following the demise of Earl Brutus.

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