Sheer Zed and The Martians #Squatting #LiveMusic #Activism #Music

Sheer Zed & The Martians

In 1994, two weeks before I was made homeless, I met a drummer called Eddie through a mutual friend Lisa. Eddie was a lovely, interesting bloke and a Star Trek fan who played drums with a group called The Martians. We talked and after showing him my book of lyrics and poems he suggested I should come along to one of their rehearsals. After the first rehearsal in a squat at Ferncroft Avenue (which was soon to become my home), London, a two year odyssey of squatting, gigging, rehearsals, happenings, pop-up Martian squat shops, demonstrations, studio and home recording sessions, Exploding Cinema appearances, Megatripolis t-shirt selling/poetry reading and sci-fi cult madness enveloped my life in a vast tsunami of psilocybin, beans on toast and copious amounts of tea. I wrote and produced numerous pieces of music with folk around and in the band during this time (1994-1995) One recording was initially instigated (if my memory serves me well) at Al Scott’s studio and then completed and finished at a studio In Bermondsey. The band was the brainchild of Louis (aka Detreb, guitarist/songwriter. We each had our own Martian codename). Sheer Zed was and still is my name from this point onwards. Nick (a mysterious and cosmic antipodean man, creator of the Martian t-shirt and author of The Martian Dictionary, who told me he allegedly used to write a regular column in an underground newspaper during the 60s called ‘About Most Things’, signing himself ‘The Walrus’ and a meeting he had with Sir Paul McCartney at a party in St. John’s Wood where Nick introduced himself to him as ‘The Walrus’. Yes indeed, if only I could verify this remarkably tall but tantalising tale I would be a very happy Martian!)

Martian T-Shirt

The band comprised of Louis (aka Detreb, guitars), Naomi (aka Glam, vocals/dancer), Alex (aka X-ela, The Martian Ali, vocals), Mike (Mr. Blooblap, guitars) Eddie (E-D, Drums), Rick (aka Ricochet, saxophone), and myself (Sheer Zed, vocals, percussion and a Casio sampler borrowed from Andy Ward of The Perennial Divide at one gig only) Over the two years we were together we played many gigs; The Rock Garden, The Zap Club, The Swan in Fulham, The George Robey, The Bull & Gate and The Powerhouse to name but a few. The tracks Battle Song, Teepee Resin and Family Tribe were migrated and restored from the original knackered cassette tape by Adrian Finn at The Great Bear. I am still considering what to do with these lovely artifacts. This blog article is dedicated to the vision and life of Nick and all former Martians, wherever they may be. Death to homelessness and viva The Martian Revolution!

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Writer • Shaman • Electronic Musician • Artist • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Numerous compilations such as Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of shamanism and Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, TQ zine, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist and shaman, exploring the realm of sound through ritual, mantras and sound design. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on three pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

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