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"Mad Mackerel Recomends"

Nick Marsh, lead singer with 1980’s alternative goth-rock luminaries Flesh For Lulu (yep, we loved ‘em) and lead guitarist in London’s raucous 10 piece gypsy blues outfit The Urban Voodoo Machine finally officially releases his haunting solo album, A Universe Between Us.

To listen to this album is like pulling up a stall beside some beaten barfly loosened by liquor, contemplating life, love and loss. Like Charles Bukowski, Marsh is poetic without being florid; reflective without being maudlin; brittle and brutal whilst also deeply romantic.

There is a clear love for nostalgic, but twisted, Americana. Check out our taster track that comes across like an evil Richard Hawley on smack singing something from Blue Velvet. Or something like that. - Mad Mackerel


"Classic Rock Magazine - Track Of The Day"

Nick Marsh made his name in the 1980s with Flesh For Lulu. Now, as he releases a solo album, he’s provided the latest Track Of The Day. Check out all the Tracks Of The Day.

A Universe Between Us is an album, says Marsh, that offers an intimate and classic approach to lyricism. Comparable to Leonard Cohen, yet also influenced by a wide range of artists and writers (he cites The Velvet Underground., 70s Bowie, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan and Marc Bolan among many others)

Among those helping out Marsh on the album are Medieval Baebes and Miranda Sex Garden founder Katherine Blake, Ray Hanson (Thee Hypnotics), Mike Servant (Miranda Sex Garden), Vince Johnson (Daisy Chainsaw), David Ryder-Prangely (Rachel Stamp), David Francolini (Levitation, Dark Star) and Matt Fisher (The Servant).

Marsh is playing live at the Ship Of Fools Bar Bar & Co. (a real ship) in London on September 5. He’s also working on a new album with his other band The Urban Voodoo Machine; he’s the lead guitarist.

A Universe Between Us is released by Belissima on September 6.

Right now you can download the song Best Shag In The World here.

Find out more at www.myspace.com/nickmarshmusic - Classic Rock Magazine


"Think Nick Cave mixed with Burt Bacharach"

Nick Marsh is probably best known as the singer in 80s gothic rock band Flesh For Lulu. When they split in 1992 Marsh took on lead guitar duties in London’s gypsy blues outfit The Urban Voodoo Machine and now, as a side project, he has released his debut solo album ‘A Universe Between us’.


Though he’s been making music for some years, time has treated him and his voice well; the first thing to strike me when I put on this CD is just how good his baritone, velvety voice still is. The other thing that’s immediately obvious is how well it fits his chosen style of music, which is probably best described as dark lounge performed by a mariachi in 1950s LA. Think Nick Cave mixed with Burt Bacharach and you’d be in the right ballpark but there’s many other influences at play here; Dick Dale, Leonard Cohen, The Tindersticks, Rufus Wainwright, David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino all seem to have played a part in shaping the sound but the end result is undeniably Marsh’s.


Lyrically he treads a fine line and in less capable hands ‘A Universe Between Us’ could sound like a corny pastiche but for the most part Marsh’s skill as a songwriter sees him through. When he fails though, he fails massively, most notably on the lamentable ‘Best Shag in the World’ which could just as easily have been written by David Brent. The inclusion of an instrumental ‘El Deludo’ seems unnecessary but there are some great songs here, in particular ‘Destiny Angel’ and ‘The Smokin’ Gun’ that on the whole make it an enjoyable album. 3/5 - Punk Rock Iss Nicht Tot


"Think Nick Cave mixed with Burt Bacharach"

Nick Marsh is probably best known as the singer in 80s gothic rock band Flesh For Lulu. When they split in 1992 Marsh took on lead guitar duties in London’s gypsy blues outfit The Urban Voodoo Machine and now, as a side project, he has released his debut solo album ‘A Universe Between us’.


Though he’s been making music for some years, time has treated him and his voice well; the first thing to strike me when I put on this CD is just how good his baritone, velvety voice still is. The other thing that’s immediately obvious is how well it fits his chosen style of music, which is probably best described as dark lounge performed by a mariachi in 1950s LA. Think Nick Cave mixed with Burt Bacharach and you’d be in the right ballpark but there’s many other influences at play here; Dick Dale, Leonard Cohen, The Tindersticks, Rufus Wainwright, David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino all seem to have played a part in shaping the sound but the end result is undeniably Marsh’s.


Lyrically he treads a fine line and in less capable hands ‘A Universe Between Us’ could sound like a corny pastiche but for the most part Marsh’s skill as a songwriter sees him through. When he fails though, he fails massively, most notably on the lamentable ‘Best Shag in the World’ which could just as easily have been written by David Brent. The inclusion of an instrumental ‘El Deludo’ seems unnecessary but there are some great songs here, in particular ‘Destiny Angel’ and ‘The Smokin’ Gun’ that on the whole make it an enjoyable album. 3/5 - Punk Rock Iss Nicht Tot


Discography

NICK MARSH SOLO RELEASES:
A Universe Between Us
Album
Released Oct 2010
Belissima Records
Distribution: Genepool (via Universal)

Don't Give Up On Me / Destiny Angel
Single
Released Oct 2010
Belissima Records
Distribution: Genepool (via Universal)

WITH THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE
“Ladies and Gentlemen, The Urban Voodoo Machine“.
EP Released 2005

With Love From The Urban Voodoo Machine
EP Released 2006

Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop 'N' Stroll
Album Released 2009
Gypsy Hotel Records

Goodbye To Another Year
Forthcoming Single Release
December 2010

WITH GIGANTIC
Disenchanted
Album Release 1997

WITH FLESH FOR LULU

Roman Candle
7" Polydor POSPX653 Nov 1983
12" Polydor POSP653 Nov 1983

Subterraneans
7" Polydor FFL 1 May 1984
12" Polydor FFLX 1 May 1984
2x7" Polydor No Cat. No. May 1984

Restless
7" Polydor FFL2 Sept 1984
12" Polydor FFLX2 Sept 1984

Flesh For Lulu
LP Polydor POLD5165 Oct 1984
CASS Polydor POLDC5165 Oct 1984

Blue Sisters Swing
EP Hybrid RIB3 May 1985

Seven Hail Marys
7" Statik VIC-235 May 1985
Spanish only 7"

Baby Hurricane
7" Statik TAK37/7 Oct 1985
12" Statik TAK37/12 Oct 1985

Big Fun City
LP Statik STAT LP28 Nov 1985
CASS Statik STAT C28 Nov 1985

Fresh Flesh
LP Dojo DOJOLP39 1986
This LP was never officially released.
It contains all of the non Polydor released tracks from the Live From London / Live Flesh video release.

Idol
7" Beggars Banquet BEG177 Dec 1986
12" Beggars Banquet BEG177T Dec 1986

Siamese Twist
7" Beggars Banquet BEG184 May 1987
12" Beggars Banquet BEG184T May 1987
CASS Beggars Banquet BEG184C May 1987
CDS Capitol DPRO-79293 May 1987

Postcards From Paradise
7" Beggars Banquet BEG193 June 1987
12" Beggars Banquet BEG193T June 1987
US 7" Capitol B44074 June 1987
US 12" Capitol ??? June 1987
PROMO V15337 June 1987

Long Live The New Flesh
UK LP Beggars Banquet BEGA82 July 1987
UK CD Beggars Banquet BEGA82CD July 1987
UK CASS Beggars Banquet BEGC82 July 1987
US LP Capitol CLT-48217 July 1987
US CD Capitol ??? July 1987
JAP LP Vap 35190-25 July 1987
JAP CD Vap ALCB15 July 1987

Good For You (Split Single)
7" Beggars Banquet FFF1 (Promo Only) 1987

I Go Crazy
UK 7" Beggars Banquet BEG221 Oct 1988
UK 12" Beggars Banquet BEG221T Oct 1988
US 7" Capitol 44165 Oct 1988
US 12" MCA MCA23736 Oct 1988
CANADIAN 7" MCA MCA53036 Oct 1988

Plastic Fantastic
UK LP Beggars Banquet BEGA100 Sept 1989
UK CD Beggars Banquet BEGA100CD Sept 1989
UK CASS Beggars Banquet BEGC100 Sept 1989
US LP Capitol C1-90232 Sept 1989
US CD Capitol ??? Sept 1989
JAP CD Beggars Banquet ALCB-14 Sept 1989

Decline and Fall
12" Beggars Banquet FLESH1 1989
CDS Beggars Banquet FLESH1CD 1989

Time and Space
7" Beggars Banquet BEG240 1990
12" Beggars Banquet BEG240T 1990
CDS Beggars Banquet BEG240CD 1990

Time and Space / Decline and Fall
12" Beggars Banquet 1990
CD Beggars Banquet CD24-2041 1991

Final Vinyl
12" Capitol USPRO79992 19??
This is a red vinyl 12"

Big Fun City / Blue Sisters Swing
CD Anagram/Cherry Red CDMGOTH10 2001

Long Live The New Flesh (Re-issue)
CD Superfecta SR004 Aug 2003

Compiliations
Some Kind Of Wonderful - Film Soundtrack
Flashback - Film Soundtrack
Nintendo - White Knuckle Scorin'
Hits Magazine- Son Of Postmodern
Hits Magazine- Revenge Of Postmodern
Undead - A Gothic Masterpiece Volume I
Beggars Banquet - The Collection
Classic Alternatives - Volume Four
New Wave Diary Megamix Volume Five
House Of Dolls Magazine - Free 7" - HOD1
Rarewave - Lost Classics Of The Eighties
April - Polygram promo cassette 1998
It Came From Hollywood!
Debut Magazine Issue No.2 1984
LPMAG2

Videos
Live From London / Live Flesh
UK VHS Oct 1985
US VHS Oct 1985
US LD Emperor ID7774EM Oct 1985
US DVD

Punk Special / Punk Overload
US VHS 1986
UK VHS 1986

In Goth Daze - The Gothic Video Collection
UK DVD Cherry Red CRDVD38

Photos

Bio

Nick Marsh, lead singer with 1980’s alternative rock luminaries ‘Flesh For Lulu’ and lead guitarist in London’s raucous 10 piece gypsy blues outfit The Urban Voodoo Machine finally officially released his haunting and timeless solo album, ‘A Universe Between us’ in October 2010.

Originally released for fanbase only, the album has been remastered and repackaged with new artwork.
‘A Universe Between Us’ is a radical departure from Marsh’s stateside chart successes and the riotous antics of his voodoo buddies and offers an altogether more intimate, poignant and classic approach to songwriting.
To listen to this album is like pulling up a stall beside some beaten barfly loosened by liquor, contemplating life, love and loss. Like Charles Bukowski, Marsh is poetic without being florid; reflective without being maudlin; brittle and brutal whilst also deeply romantic.

The titles of the songs reveal Marsh’s love affair with nostalgic Americana. The Femme Fatale with The Smokin’ Gun struts through the roach-riddled lyrics following the Midnight Cowboy call of Destiny Angel, whilst Red Hot & Ready pulses like a flashing neon light on the crumbling wall of a cheap hotel. A Universe Between Us evokes filmic visuals: Images pass ephemeral but indelible. If there were a modern musical equivalent of Edward Hopper, Marsh might be it.

His story-telling ability and lyrical dexterity can also be compared to Leonard Cohen, for behind the melancholic facade is a stoical, self deprecating sense of humour that allows Marsh to openly admit his failings with a rare comic candour. Marsh’s epic, emotive voice which belted out hits with Flesh For Lulu such as ‘I Go Crazy’, ‘Postcards From Paradise’ and ‘Subterraneans’ has continued to grow in maturity and breadth.

A Universe Between Us is the result of Marsh’s shift from old school rock traditions, the consolidation of a broad sweep of influences absorbed over the last decade and an inspired collaboration with first time producer Katharine Blake, the founder of the No. 1 selling classical act Mediaeval Baebes and avant garde/gothic band Miranda Sex Garden who also provides the lithe and luxurious strings and additional vocals whilst other guest performers include Mike Servant (Miranda Sex Garden), Vince Johnson (Daisy Chainsaw), David Francolini (Levitation, Dark Star) and Matt Fisher (The Servant) to name but a few.

Marsh may have “the bus fare to nowhere” but along with Babylonian whores and shape shifting aliens, he takes us on a seductive, sensational road trip of the heart...