Artery (2)

Artery evolved from earlier punk band named 'The' in 1978, with an original lineup of Mark Gouldthorpe (guitar), Toyce Ashley (vocals, guitar), Neil McKenzie (bass) and Garry Wilson (drums). After a self-financed single in 1979, the band released a second in 1980 on the Aardvark label, after which Mick Fidler (vocals, guitar, saxophone) was added. Two further singles followed in 1981, before Ashley left, with Gouldthorpe taking over on vocals and Simon Hinkler (formerly of TV Product) joining on keyboards and guitar. They received support from John Peel, for whom they recorded their first session for his BBC Radio 1 show in July 1981, recording a second early the following year. They signed to the Red Flame label in 1982, releasing a single and the Dale Griffin-produced mini-LP Oceans that year. Their track "Into the Garden" reached number nine in the 1982 Festive Fifty. They were often compared to Joy Division, although Gouldthorpe stated "We never listened to Joy Division – they were never an influence". Further lineup changes followed, with John White replacing Fidler, who was sacked for missing rehearsals, Christopher Hendrick replacing MacKenzie, and David Hinkler joining on keyboards. The band was reduced to a trio of Gouldthorpe, Wilson, and Hendrick by the time of the release of their second album, One Afternoon in a Hot Air Balloon (1983), with White leaving to form UV Pop and Simon Hinkler moving into production. Simon and David Hinkler and Garry Wilson all played in Pulp around 1983. In 1984 Hendrick left, with MacKenzie returning, and the band moved on to the Golden Dawn label, adding Murray Fenton to the lineup. A third album, The Second Coming, was released in 1984. Simon Hinkler briefly returned, with band manager Tony Perrin added on bass. A live album was released in 1985, by which time the band had split up, after Fenton had joined The Batfish Boys.

Gouldthorpe and Simon Hinkler collaborated on a further album, Flight Commander Solitude & the Snake in 1986, and Hinkler went on to join The Mission. They collaborated on a second album, A Room Full of This, in 1992, working together under the name The Flight Commander.

A compilation of demos, live tracks and interviews, Afterwards, was released in 1989 on the Pleasantly Surprised label.

Gouldthorpe moved away from music to run his own hair salon, stating in 2009 "I lost it with music for a bit and went into dark corners".

The band reformed in 2007 after being invited to perform at the Meltdown Festival by long-time fan Jarvis Cocker, and recorded a session for Marc Riley's BBC 6 Music show. The band stayed together, releasing the Standing Still EP in 2009. In 2010 they decided to split up again after David Hinkler decided to leave, but continued after recruiting James Bacon to replace him. A new album, Civilisation, was released in October 2011. (was taken down fall 2017, and via Facebook the band wasn't even aware it was up recently / prior to that)


RFM 4 Artery (2) - Oceans album art Artery (2) Oceans (MiniAlbum) Red Flame RFM 4 UK 1982 Sell This Version
RF 18 Artery (2) - One Afternoon In A Hot Air Balloon album art Artery (2) One Afternoon In A Hot Air Balloon (Album) Red Flame RF 18 UK 1983 Sell This Version
GDLP01 Artery (2) - The Second Coming album art Artery (2) The Second Coming(LP, MiniAlbum) Golden Dawn GDLP01 UK 1984 Sell This Version
PS011 Artery (2) - Afterwards album art Artery (2) Afterwards(Cass, Album) Pleasantly Surprised PS011 UK 1985 Sell This Version
GDLP 02 Artery (2) - Number Four (Live In Amsterdam) album art Artery (2) Number Four (Live In Amsterdam)(LP, Album) Golden Dawn GDLP 02 UK 1985 Sell This Version
none Artery (2) - Meltdown Live - 2007 album art Artery (2) Meltdown Live - 2007(CDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label (Artery Self-released) none UK 2007 Sell This Version
none Artery (2) - Civilisation album art Artery (2) Civilisation(CD, Album) Twinspeed Records none UK 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

take 1, TAKE 1 Artery (2) - Mother Moon album art Artery (2) Mother Moon(7", EP) Limited Edition Records (3), Limited Edition Records (3) take 1, TAKE 1 UK 1979 Sell This Version
STEEL 3, STEEL 3 BONUS Artery (2) - Unbalanced / The Slide album art Artery (2) Unbalanced / The Slide(7" + 7", EP) Aardvark, Aardvark STEEL 3, STEEL 3 BONUS UK 1980 Sell This Version
AARD 5 Artery (2) - Cars In Motion album art Artery (2) Cars In Motion(7", Single) Aardvark AARD 5 UK 1981 Sell This Version
AS 026 Artery (2) - Afterwards / Into The Garden album art Artery (2) Afterwards / Into The Garden(7") Armageddon Records AS 026 UK 1981 Sell This Version
RF 704 Artery (2) - The Clown album art Artery (2) The Clown Red Flame RF 704 UK 1982 Sell This Version
RFB 25 12 Artery (2) - The Alabama Song album art Artery (2) The Alabama Song Red Flame, 10 Records RFB 25 12 UK 1983 Sell This Version
G.D. 1203 Artery (2) - A Big Machine album art Artery (2) A Big Machine Golden Dawn G.D. 1203 UK 1984 Sell This Version
GD704A Artery (2) - Diamonds In The Mine album art Artery (2) Diamonds In The Mine (Single) Golden Dawn GD704A UK 1984 Sell This Version
PPR010 Artery (2) - Standing Still E.P. album art Artery (2) Standing Still E.P.(CD, EP, Ltd) Phantom Power Records PPR010 UK 2009 Sell This Version


SPINNEY008CD Artery (2) - Afterwards (Recordings From 1979 To 1983) album art Artery (2) Afterwards (Recordings From 1979 To 1983)(CD, Comp, Ltd) Spinney Records SPINNEY008CD UK 2006 Sell This Version
CDM RED 296 Artery (2) - Into The Garden - An Artery Collection album art Artery (2) Into The Garden - An Artery Collection(CD, Comp) Cherry Red CDM RED 296 UK 2006 Sell This Version


SV003 Artery (2) - 3 Days In June - The Reformation Of Artery album art Artery (2) 3 Days In June - The Reformation Of Artery(DVD-V, Ltd, PAL) Sheffield Vision SV003 UK 2009 Sell This Version