I am a Scottish singer songwriter. I have recorded over 15 records in as many years. I write songs of love and joy and sadness and anger using an old piano and sometimes just by bashing out beats on a drum machine and strumming along on a guitar. If I get stuck lyrically I tend to set an old typewriter loose on my ideas.
I sing and play keys in the fabulous Giant Stone Eater. A band inspired by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. We play mainly originals with some Alex Harvey songs and other covers thrown in.
Gustav Bertha was my artist name between 2001 and 2008. I recorded 8 albums worth of material under that name and signed a physical distribution deal with Swiss label Rec Rec before switching to writing and performing under my own name in 2009.
I played nearly a hundred gigs with the trio Gordon Bell & The Sinking Ships between 2009 to 2012. A few years before that I played for a few years with some lovely blokes in a band called sLow.
Between 2003 and 2018 I sang for Not The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. I have had the honor of doing some shows with members from the original Sensational Alex Harvey Band while singing for Chris Glen and The Outfit. Playing with that band had a big impact on 15 years of my life – seriously.
Digging back into the depths of time I had stints in the 90s playing keyboards and writing for Fife-based Psycho Annie in Scotland and was briefly the bassist with Stavia Blunt in London. And, of course I still have my dodgy solo recordings as Gunthar Brock and plasticpsychobabble from back then. But well hidden, under lock and key.
Apart from all this and that my longest running band is The Deadly Eddies. We rehearse most weeks in a cellar and rarely play any shows. Once we were called The Secret Life of Andrew Aston. It’s a long story which inevitably leads into other long stories….