Bio

The Book of Shame is Pete Boyd Maclean (Award-winning video director and co-creator of New Orders ‘Blue Monday’ amongst others) and Gary Bridgewood (Multi-Instrumentalist who has toured the world with acts like The Real Tuesday Weld, Michelle Stodart (Magic Numbers) and the Paul Weller backed Troubadour Rose).  Their music has a shifting and unique sound - fusing rock, pop, indie, punk. 

In 2019 The Book of Shame release their self-titled debut album, It was recorded at the Gun Factory and produced by Rico Conning (The Lines, Wire Depeche Mode, William Orbit), guests include Fergus Gerrand (Duran Duran, Sting, Katie Melua), Claire Nicholson (Kula Shaker, The Alabama 3), BJ Cole (Brian Eno, KD Lang, Sting). 

When Peter took an old violin to a local repair shop he didn’t expect his life to be changed forever. but that’s exactly what happened. The violin restorer was none other than Gary, Legendary multi-instrumentalist, inspirationalist and a rationalist with an iron fist. This chance encounter led to a collaboration that has resulted in an album, a band, a lifestyle and poverty for two men who should know better. 

 ‘One minute I was planning on learning the violin the next minute I’m in the studio recording an outpouring of emotions in the form of vocals and general guitar stram. Well, it took like two years of cajoling and nurturing, like a modern-day My Fair Lady but with geezers.’ (Peter Boyd) 

Peter remembered an old friend he knew when he was 17 and thought he’d send him a demo of a track. The old friend was Rico Conning legendary frontman of The Lines and producer/engineer/mixer of 80’s legendary artists like Adam Ant, Depeche Mode, Renegade Soundwave, Wire, Swans, Laibach, 

 ‘Rico would perform his magic on a track and send it back to us, and it sounded like a proper song, so this inspired us to do more and then the tunes just kept flowing. We found that people in the music community really come together to help each other out and Gary pulled in his wife Jo who not only sings with an incredible range can also make a fantastic veggie curry and keep Gary in line with his beats. I never did learn the violin but I don’t regret walking into that shop.’ (Peter Boyd) 

Peter and Gary thought it would be good to have a pedal steel guitar on a track and they went up to Leytonstone to see BJ Cole play with a friend of Gary’s. Gary asked if he would play on a song and to our surprise, he said yes and came up with a beautiful and haunting piece for a song called ‘Drifting’. 

 

Gary (guitar, bass, keyboard, mandolin, violin, cello, backing vocals) Gary has been in and out of bands his whole life, starting with early looping experiments using a an old Grundig (this one has real meaning, Gary’s military dentist had exactly the same machine which he would play brass band military music on as he started his butchering) reel to reel recorder and a Team reel to reel. Playing in various bands in London as a student Gary was headhunted by 1000 Mexicans, they had had good success with an Indie no.1 album and wanted to cross over into pop, Gary toured and worked tirelessly to help move the Mexicans from Virgin to Island records only for their lead singer to pull out on the day of signing! One of Gary’s many passions is Klezmer and East European music, he plays fiddle in Beskydy, who has toured Europe, played at Womad and London’s famous Purcell Rooms amongst others. He has toured globally with The Real Tuesday Weld, Michelle Stodart (Magic Numbers) and was a founding member of Troubadour Rose, a trio formed in 2009. Paul Weller offered his studio, The Black Barn, for Troubadour Rose to record their album in as he liked them so much.

Peter is a Video artist and pioneer of the 80’s Scratch Video movement. As one half of  The Duvet Brothers, creators of groundbreaking scratch videos for New Order’s Blue Monday and MAARS Pump up the Volume. They performed live video installations for Sigue Sigue Sputnik at The Albert Hall and for scenes in The Hollywood movie Less Than Zero starring Robert Downey Jnr. The Duvet Bros handheld wobbly camera techniques and jump-cut editing style influenced television adverts and cinema throughout the ’90s. 

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