The remaining half of Wet Nuns, Rob Graham (now of Drenge) , unleashes the previously unreleased track ‘Spooky Glow (Part 2)’, an epic noise wave, doom metal bliss, just ahead of a Wet Nuns charity event being held for former drummer, Alexis Gotts, who sadly took his own life in 2014.
Rob explains: “Whilst we recorded the Wet Nuns album, we had a few extra tracks that we intended to use as b-sides. Ever since the band ended in October 2013 I’ve always been aware of these tracks sitting there collecting dust, wondering if anyone would be interested to hear them.
One of these was a sort of doom metal sequel to the ‘nice’ instrumental track, ‘Spooky Glow (Part 1)’, that marks the halfway point of the record (believe it or not we did have some idea of structure to that album, crazy I know).”He adds: “I thought now, in the build up to the charity/memorial concert on 5th March, that it would be cool to share ‘Spooky Glow (Part 2)’. I’m really aware that this is a dark as heck tune, and given some of the circumstances of the show that might seem a little inappropriate to some. But you know what? I know Alexis would have found it fitting and probably hilarious and I love it too. It’s his finest vocal performance in my opinion, and he was tremendously proud of it himself.
Moments before writing this I read that of the 1 in 4 people effected by mental illness in the UK every year 75% percent of them don’t get any help. If this track helps people to talk about mental illness more then that’s a small success. I think if Alexis had the right help and the right understanding from the medical professionals, his friends and family and ultimately society as a whole then perhaps things would have transpired differently. That’s why I’m putting this track out into the world and putting the March 5th show on, it’s all about bringing things out into the open, people need to discuss these often ‘swept under the carpet’ topics.
Anyway, enjoy the tune, remember it is just a b-side though, so no pop hooks or anything (Soz), but that’s not really what we were about is it?! (the sound at the end is the cave I used to work in telling tourists about geology and stuff).”
The Alexis Gotts Memorial show will take place at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on March 5th 2016. More acts and special guests will be announced over the coming months. Tickets are available now from HERE, with all proceeds going to the charities Mind and The Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.