My Bands

The bands I have been in…
CONCRETE WINDOWS
Mark Wallis Phil Harfield Ben Francombe Mark Francombe
My first ever band, we did punk versions of Status Quo songs, or at least thats how I like to remember it. There are rumours of a tape, but as long as I keep paying… it should remain missing.

UNCLE IAN 1980 – 1991 (link to Nicks site)

Mark Francombe Nick Elborough + Rich Lewis – Helen Badham – Micheal Elborough

Was my second EVER band. We started at school and were named after a hated geography teacher who we nicked-named Uncle Ian. It was basically always myself and Nick Elborough. It started as a joke, mucking about with tape recorders and old electric organs. We built odd circuits, and bits of synths, and at one stage had amassed quite an impressive array of analog oddities and modified er… things. After a while we started to incorporate video, often using snips and cuts from horror films, we became a kind of multimedia trash kitsch thing. Although we recorded almost everything we did (badly) we never released much, mainly because we never wanted it to become too serious, cos were maybe afraid that that would kill the fun. In the end it fell apart just because I was doing too much with the Cranes (who were very serious) and Nick had job and family commitments. This site is a new thing put together by Nick an I as a kind of memorial. Nick has also made some cool new versions of old UI songs.

CRANES 1989 – 1998
Alison Shaw Matt Cope Jim Shaw Mark Francombe

Photo from Melody Maker
Photo from Melody Maker

Cranes was the band I was in from 1989 to 1997ish. Formed by brother and Sister Jim and Alison Shaw in 1988, I lived their track called Vegetate on a local compilation tape that Uncle Ian also had a track on, and me and me and Nick (mostely Nick) made a video for it. I joined a year later.
We traveled the world and beyond. The Young Gods, The Cure, Slowdive all became great friends, where are they now? Jim and Ali continue to this day with new members. My time in the Cranes has probably been one of the best times of my life, and I am very sad that it is all over. A quick dip into my diaried of the period (oh when shall I publish them I wonder…??? ) and I realise that it wasn’t all fun and laughter, but it really was an amazing period of my life, and for that I am very lucky

EARDRUM 1992 – 1999 (link to really old website, the first website I ever made I think?)
Steve Austin Mark Francombe

The electronic band I had with Steve Austin. Everything is in the archive for free!!! A couple of tracks on compilation albums. The 2 amazing Castle Von Buhler compilations, and a Norwegian techno compilation called Space Invaders. We performed a number of times, the coolest was when we supported the amazing Loop Guru.

WASABI 1999 ??? (micro-site)
Camilla Johansen Mark Francombe

The band I nearly had with Camilla Johansen. The band never actually happened, we had big plans, had photoshoots, spread the word but never actually wrote a song. but I made this little site, and I still like it, so there… HA!

Mark and Cammila looking cool in a bar in the posh end of Oslo - photo by Grete Hjorth Johansen

GOD.COM 2000 -2001 (micro-site)

Mark Francombe Lars Nedland Ida Jahr

The Noise/metal band I had with Ida Jahr and Lars Nedland. tracks are in the archive. The gig was fun, the tracks are great, nice people… just didn’t work out, why.. well…? um… what can I say… it was METAL for crying out loud, metal I mean… really!

WE SNAKES 2006 – to date (link to archive.com page where we have a gig recording, please take it!!)

Petter Flaten Eiletsen Frederik Ness Sevendal Mark Francombe

My current guitar improv trio. Occasional performances, no rehearsals. Petter plays guitar with sticks, radios, contact mikes, vibrators, darkness and evil. Frederik plays guitar with loops, effects, bows and folkish wit and charm and Mark plays guitar with loops, effects, knobs, flashing lights and very few actual notes.

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