Author: paaadmin

Past

I was the singer and songwriter in The Loft and The Weather Prophets; we were on Creation Records from the beginning and I think we helped establish the feel and sound of the label. More detail is on my Wikipedia page below; have a look at David Cavanagh’s My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize for the full story. Danny Boyle is also making a film of the label where you can find the truth on celluloid.

After this I made a series of solo records, including Submarine (1990, Creation) and Paradise (1992, Danceteria), the latter having recently been reissued on Tapete Records. I then formed The Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound (with David Sheppard) and signed to the Matador and Heavenly labels respectively, releasing albums under these guises until the early 2000s.

In 2005 I released Hal’s Eggs on Static Caravan and have continued to release solo records on a variety of labels: Songbox (2011, Second Language), Spilt Milk (2015, Fortuna Pop), One For the Ghost (2017, Tapete) and You Made Me (2020, Faux-Lux).

I am also a university lecturer, having run the Songwriting course at Goldsmiths. I am now Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, teaching on Under and Post Graduate courses. I have written journal articles for The Cambridge Journal of Popular Music, among others, and a book in Bloomsbury’s 33/3rd series on Blank Generation by Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

I continue to sing, write, teach and make records.

Pete Astor and The Holy Road - Paradise
you can buy a copy of Paradise here

THe Attendant

The Attendant started making records in the strange days of March 2020: empty city streets and silent threats; it seemed like the right time for me to start working on the best way to frame the poems I’d been writing for what seems like forever. The long, productive days made the writing more focused and intense, with the curious, unexpected space outside somehow allowing out words that had been held inside for a very long time.

It began with drum machine and guitars – off grid recording – then I contacted long-time collaborator/drummer/producer Ian Button for help and The Attendant became ‘a thing’. We continued writing and exchanging ideas throughout the spring and summer: recording, re-recording, improvising words and music until the tracks were done.

The Attendant will be released six tracks on a series of three lathe cut 45s in 2020. These are now available on AUDIT a 10″ on Faux Lux