Andy Nicholson

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Andy Nicholson
Also known as AndyGun
Origin Hillsborough, Sheffield, England
Genres Indie rock, post-punk revival, garage rock, hip-hop
Occupation(s) Musician, DJ, producer
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, drums
Associated acts Arctic Monkeys
Reverend and The Makers
The Book Club
Clubs & Spades
Website AndyGun MySpace page
Clubs & Spades Official Website

Andy Nicholson is an English musician, DJ and producer, best known as the original bass guitarist of the Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys, which he left in 2006. In 2008 he founded Mongrel with Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers.[1] In 2009 he became the bassist for ex-Milburn (band) frontman Joe Carnall's band The Book Club,[2][3] but left later that year to join Reverend and the Makers.[4] He is currently producing and performing in hip-hop group Clubs & Spades with Maticmouth from Reverend Soundsystem.


Early days[edit]

An attendee of Stocksbridge High School, Nicholson was the only member of the Arctic Monkeys to not live in the High Green district, residing in nearby Hillsborough.[5] Nicholson played bass guitar, and was seen as "the band wit, reliably swift with a self-deprecating quip".[5]

Leaving Arctic Monkeys[edit]

The band announced in May 2006 that Nicholson would miss the band's forthcoming North America tour as he was suffering from "fatigue following an intensive period of touring", and would be temporarily replaced by Nick O'Malley of The Dodgems while Nicholson recovered.[6] However, on 20 June 2006, it was announced that he was no longer part of the band,[7] with Alex Turner later stating "we sorta found ourselves in a situation where we wanted to move forward".[8] The band sacked Nicholson, paying him off with a six-figure sum.

After Arctic Monkeys[edit]

Initially, Nicholson began making a name for himself in Sheffield as a DJ, mainly as a resident at Threads,[9] but also performing at Reverend Soundsystem (under the name AndyGun).[10] He also remixed a Reverend and The Makers song "You Get So Alone Sometimes it Just Makes Sense". In November 2007 he made his DJ début in London at a club event called Threads vs Filthy Few.[11]

In 2008 Nicholson formed Mongrel, which consisted of himself, Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers, Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell and Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys, as well as London rapper Lowkey from the Poisonous Poets. They released their first album, Better Than Heavy on 7 March 2009.

He was also in the band Lords of Flatbush,[12] with Sheffield-based singer Steve Edwards and Louis Carnall formerly of Milburn, but left to concentrate on Mongrel. The position was handed over to his brother Rob Nicholson of Sheffield band Dead World Leaders,.[13]

In August 2009 Nicholson joined ex-Milburn (band) frontman Joe Carnall's band The Book Club, but left later that year when, on 23 December Jon McClure announced via his Twitter account and official website that Nicholson would be made an official member of Reverend and the Makers. He remained in the group until their 2010 hiatus but when they reformed in January 2012 Nicholson was replaced by his friend and former band mate in The Book Club, Joe Carnall.

Nicholson is currently producing and performing in hip-hop group Clubs & Spades with Maticmouth from Reverend Soundsystem. They made their live début at The Plug on Saturday 20 July 2013 as part of Tramlines Festival[14] and their début album, Stand Up was released on Monday 22 July 2013.[15] And now part of production duo Sticky Blood with Jamie Shield.