Perforated Eardrum Out Now!

You can now buy 'Perforated Eardrum' This is a zine I illustrated. The text is by Clara Heathcock. It documents the time she burst her eardrum. On doctors orders she was told not to listen to music for a month while her ear healed. The text is about music and various other things like anxiety, politics and gender refracted through music and the experience of not being able to listen to it. Each chapter relates to a particular song or artist. David Bowie, Julie ruin, Life Without Buildings and Kate Nash among others all get a look in. It was originally published without my illustrations as a series of blog posts on the site

Below is the cover plus some of the drawings from it which are currently on display at the 'Oh My Zine!' exhibition at The Bowery Gallery in Leeds. As well as the video I made a couple of weeks ago about the process behind drawing 'Perforated Eardrum'. You can buy the zine here for a tenner plus postage. 36 colour pages.

Perforated Eardrum Zine

Drawing 'Perforated Eardrum' Video.

This short video demonstrates the process behind creating the drawings for the zine 'Perforated Eardrum' made in collaboration with Clara Heathcock. I selected a different part of the text to that which I used in the original drawing for the relevant chapter in 'Perforated Eardrum' and got my friend Shane Bordas to film and edit a short video which shows me drawing the picture from start to finish.

The text this drawing responds to is the following 'It's funny, writing about music. My friend Karren is fond of the phrase ''writing about music is like trying to dance about architecture''. I've never watched a good piece of interpretive dance about architecture but I bet one exists, and I bet the moment the moment between two architects when they catch each other's eyes watching it is really something.'

The drawing I created for this video is a bit looser than those featured in the zine as it was done in one take, specifically for this video. The zine will be for sale on this site later in the week and it's currently on sale at The Bowery gallery in Leeds where some of the original drawings are also exhibited. For more details about the 'Oh My Zine!' exhibition visit

'Oh My Zine!' Exhibition at The Bowery Gallery

I have some work in the exhibition 'Oh My Zine!' at The Bowery Gallery in Leeds. There are more details on the exhibition which runs until 21st June here....

The exhibition features work from a new book/zine I have published in collaboration with my friend artist and writer Clara Heathcock called 'Perforated Eardrum'. This is being launched proper in the next couple of weeks so lots more information to come on that.

In brief 'Perforated Eardrum' recounts the few weeks after Clara burst her eardrum and was unable to listen to music and is about the experience and feelings around music refracted through the experience of not being able to listen to it.

Each chapter is illustrated by myself and references a particular song or artist in response to Claras text. The pics below reference Amy Winehouse, the Wire song 'Outdoor Miner' and the band Moldy Peaches.

'Oh My Zine!' aims to create awareness and encourage engagement with zines and zine culture. You can see the pics below as well as a few others at the gallery.  Prints are available for sale in the gallery shop as well as the first few copies of 'Perforated Eardrum'

'The Scream' of Zippy

Based on the painting 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch in case that was not apparent and featuring the iconic English kids TV character zippy.

Video Hits on Youtube

I recently uploaded some songs on to youtube. Some are old songs, some are more recent as well as a few cover versions. The videos simply contain still images and are just designed to showcase the songs. I plan to add a video section to this site at some point that will showcase some of the proper videos I have made over the years.

1. 'Rusty Old BMX Bike' Taken from the 2017 cassette album 'ICU on Telephono 1986' The photo is a vintage shot of me circa 89/90.  You can check out the album this was taken from here....

2.'Dead Youth' by Movement. The first song I ever wrote. There is a bit more info on this band on the bio page. Track recorded 1996. Another vintage pic of me plus band memorabilia.                   

3.'Hey Music Fan' from the 'My Big Idea EP' released back in 2016. A collaboration with Mats Davidsen. You can listen to the whole thing here...

4.'God Only Knows' cover. Recorded in 2003 with my friend Daniel Halliday when we were both in the midst of serious Beach Boys addiction.

5.'Holding Back the Years' cover. Recorded in 2009 with my friend Daniel Halliday and featured on the Cogs album 'Afternoons' (please don't tell Mick!) I could never match the flawless original but probably closer in spirit to the inferior original version recorded my Mick Hucknall's punk band The Frantic Elevators. Painting on video is by Andrew Wyeth.


6.'Gin and tonic Tonight' cover. This is originally by Mats Davidsen from his Painted Romans project. I have collaborated with Mats on the 'My Big Idea EP' as well as 'Power Ballad' from 'ICU on Telephono 1986' where this track is also contained.

7.'Who Invented the Set Up? by Athena. Recorded in 1999. This track was featured on the compilation 'Bedroom Cassette Masters Volume 9' The EP it was originally taken from, the 'Museums EP' was reissued last year.You can listen here....
Bedroom Cassette Masters.... There is some more info and a link to a full biography of Athena on the bio page of this site.

Updated Biography Section

The biography section of this site has had a drastic overhaul to incorporate loads of old work (some of which goes back thirty years!) This is now a fairly extensive overview of my art to date...

Scene from 'Workathon' comic (1999)