‘The place is England: a horrible electronic slum. The time is 22 minutes and 11 seconds into the future. A new drug – SWENDAB – is doing the rounds, sending everybody round the bend – as per. And as ever, here in this ‘less-than-United-Kingdom’, the rain must fall continuously. (It’s a wonder we haven’t all rusted by now.)
Rebelling against the drudgery of his surroundings, trapped inside his own fragile psyche – with no map nor money – meet GAZ-15: ex-bouncer/ex-lover/full-time-fuck-up.
Tonight, like every other night, he will go AWOL, lost in ‘the hallways of always’ of another SWENDAB-binge, searching for a meaning he knows he will never find. All those memories leaking into the eternal drainpipe. What a monster he’s made of himself. Not quite human. Oh to be a clone of others.’
This bizarre Brave New World-esque artwork excerpt is projected from the view of GAZ-15, the protagonist from the forthcoming vinyl release BLADE JOGGER. Who is GAZ-15? ‘He’s all of us’, says Austin Collings the man behind the lyrics: ‘He walks amongst us.’ Elsewhere he’s also described GAZ-15 as an ‘ex-bouncer, ex-lover and full-time-fuck-up.’ It is also a ‘brave’ attempt at re-styling the soundtrack to the latest Bladerunner film.
It is a collaboration and labour of love, between loveable Mancunians Austin Collings and By the Sea, with even a handy comic book journal to boot (something for their inner geek fans to cherish forever).
Liam Powers & Austin Collins taken in Manchester’s China Town, awkwardly outside a strip club by Natalie Curtis.
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