Dark gothic new wave
Sometime around 1999 I developed tendonitis and couldn’t play for a while, so I started to focus on singing and sequencing while I healed. Possibly due to the stress of being out of action, my writing took a darker turn as I beg
an exploring the more gothic end of music. Though I’d always had a liking for darker and rockier music until then I’d been too busy with jazz to really explore it – given Leeds’ place in the history of goth culture I was in the right place to explore the scene.
“Ending” was my first effort at a goth album and was released by Peoplesound. Some of it is scarily dark in the wrong way (I was in a bad place mentally at the time) and musically it was still a bit too jazzy and quirky for the intended style, but I think the better tracks have a certain charm. The follow-up was 2000’s “Submission EP”, which was written specially for a festival performance in Birmingham.