As Gary Numan fans descended on London’s O2 Forum last week to see the iconic musician play three classic albums across three nights, four men from Northampton were flying the flag for the county at the final show.
Tim Muddiman has been Numan’s guitarist since 2003.
On Friday night, his band Tim Muddiman and the Strange, opened proceedings in front of a sold out venue, with fans packed inside eager to see the guitarist’s latest project. Speaking ahead of both sets, Muddiman – also a member of Pop Will Eat Itself – said: “The shows with Gary have been amazing. We did these in LA a few weeks ago and the reaction was fantastic – but here, it’s been something else. The crowd is so loyal to Gary in England.
“I don’t take anything for granted, I’m really aware it’s such an honour to be playing them and I love every song. All are really different albums but signature Gary Numan.”
Over three nights, Numan played seminal LPs Replicas, The Pleasure Principle and Telekon followed by other hits.
Muddiman, a former guitar shop owner in Northampton, recruited drummer Adam Gammage, bassist Dan Battison and guitarist Sam Harvey for his band.
All three are musicians familiar to anyone who has followed the county’s music scene in recent years.
Gammage has previously played with Eliot Sumner, Rebecca Ferguson and The Hours, Battison with New Cassettes, Century City and OhBoy and Harvey with The Departure, Tommy Sparks and My Vitriol.
On supporting Numan, Muddiman said: “It’s stressful but brilliant. I’ve been lucky that being in Gary’s band has meant his fans have picked up on what I’ve been doing.
Since forming The Strange, Muddiman has released the singles Wildwood Stone and Rolling Stones – both industrial and electronic infused slices of alternative rock.
He is currently planning the band’s next move and in discussions with labels and live agents. On his hometown Muddiman admits he’s got strong feelings. “I think what the town lacks is a good visionary, entrepreneurial promoter”, he explains.
“There’s a lot people massively into music but not enough coming through the town anymore.
“People skip Northampton and it’s going to take an individual to change that. With the Soundhaus there was spirt.
“ButI think it adds a real energy and direction to musicians there, making sure they get out there and take opportunities that come to them which is what I’ve done.”