Epic, intelligent, melodic, atmospheric – this is the sound of Working For A Nuclear Free City.
Descendents of Berlin-trilogy era Bowie and informed by David Axelrod, Working For A Nuclear Free City represent the best of Manchester’s experimental underground.
The band’s origins are in Cheshire, with brothers Phil and Jon Kay and schoolfriend Gary McLure. Beginning as a studio project, they made instrumental soundscapes until the addition of Ed Hulme, who joined two days before the band’s first gig. “We have always intended to have vocals on the tracks, but there just wasn’t anyone to do it,” says Phil. “I knew Ed could sing so we started recording his vocals on the tracks and at the same time got more confident with my own voice. I still think instrumental tracks are important though. Sometimes it just doesn’t need words.”
Taking their name from a sign they saw in Manchester. “We are not tree hugging hippies,” says Gary. “We liked the name because of the irony and the related conspiracy theories of secret bunkers hidden around Manchester. The signs have now changed to City of Peace, presumably so that the council can’t be done for false advertising.”
Establishing themselves on the live scene, Working For A Nuclear Free City emerged as one of the city’s most exciting and mysterious bands. They also became known for their remixes, with credits for The Rakes, Polytechnic, Shitdisco, Archie Bronson Outfit, The Whip and Starsailor among others.