Nick Sanderson (musician)


Nick Sanderson
Born(1961-04-22)22 April 1961
Sheffield, England
Died8 June 2008(2008-06-08) (aged 47)
GenresAlternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, train driver
InstrumentsDrums, vocals
Years active1982–2008
LabelsDeceptive Records, Fruition
Associated actsEarl Brutus, Clock DVA, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Gun Club, World of Twist, Freeheat

Nick Sanderson (22 April 1961 – 8 June 2008) was an English musician, most famous for being the front man in Earl Brutus, and a short-term member of the Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Musical career

Sanderson started his professional career in the early 1980s by becoming the drummer in the Sheffield post-punk group Clock DVA. After that he drummed for the re-formed punk-blues group The Gun Club.[1] He later joined World of Twist, a Manchester-based group.

In the early 1990s, Sanderson became a lyricist and singer in Earl Brutus. The band eventually signed a deal with the Island Records subsidiary Fruition. The two Earl Brutus albums, Your Majesty. . . We Are Here (1996) and Tonight You Are the Special One (1998) received critical acclaim, but did not make the charts.

In 1998, he also played for The Jesus and Mary Chain on their album Munki, and for Jim Reid's Freeheat, in addition to writing "Male Wife" with William Reid on Lazycame's album "Yawn!" in 2000.

Personal life

Sanderson was married to The Gun Club's Japanese bassist, Romi Mori, with whom he had a son, Syd.

After Earl Brutus's commercial failure, Sanderson got a job as an engine driver on the Brighton to London line.[2]

He died in 2008 after a battle with lung cancer.[3] A tribute concert was held in his remembrance.[4]


  1. ^ "Nick Sanderson, Gun Club Drummer, Dies - Los Angeles Music - West Coast Sound". Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Nick Sanderson: Singer with art rockers Earl Brutus – Obituaries – News". The Independent. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Features | Remember Them... | Nick Sanderson – An Obituary, An Appreciation". The Quietus. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  4. ^ "NME News Jesus And Mary Chain, British Sea Power for Nick Sanderson tribute gig". 25 September 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2014.