Astral Social Club

Named after a derelict social club in his hometown of Mirfield, in West Yorkshire, Astral Social Club is the project of prolific Scottish-born Neil Campbell. A pivotal figure on the UK post-punk underground, with a vast catalogue of both solo and band releases as well as numerous collaborations (with UK noise/art unit Smell and Quim; Swiss aktionists Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck and Schimpfluch-Gruppe; Scottish DIY punk-improv duo Prick Decay / Blood Stereo; as well as with individuals like Campbell Kneale, Phil Todd and long-term ally Richard Youngs), Campbell first came to prominence in the early 1990s as a member of the influential Nottingham-based amorphous / anarchic free rock collective, A Band. He was a member of both Matthew Bower’s Total and Sunroof! projects, appearing on three of the latter’s albums before helping to form the highly influential and prolific (with in excess of 40 releases) Leeds-based drone/psych rock outfit, Vibracathedral Orchestra in 1998. Campbell left Vibracathedral in 2006 to concentrate on his solo project, Astral Social Club, under which moniker he’s released a number of albums (on labels like VHF, Important, Qbico, Textile) and an ever-increasing stream of CDRs self-released in an limited edition series of volumes that open up an intriguing – often very stylistically varied – sketchbook-like view into his evolving creativity.

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Astral Social Club -  Live at Old Blue Last

Clip from show tearing up the air at the Old Blue Last, London, 15/11/07.

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