The Memory Band
The Memory Band
The Memory Band was conceived as an imaginary band, built inside a computer and made flesh by the contributions of numerous musicians. Live, it is an acoustic band of ever changing numbers and on record it is at the forefront of a new approach to traditional music.

Featuring violins, harmoniums, guitars and whatever else is available The Memory Band perform pieces written by Stephen Cracknell, also responsible for the Gorodisch recordings on the Leaf label, who has produced the The Memory Bandís eponymous album.

After making contributions to the elusive Grantby recordings on the Cup Of Tea label Cracknell became a founder member of the legendary Trunk Records, still going strong and regularly breaking boundaries. Then Cracknell began his electronica project Gorodisch with a name derived from a character in the French film Diva and the soundtrack influences strong. After a stint playing bass in Badly Drawn Boy's band, Cracknell released the acclaimed Gorodisch mini-album Thurn & Taxis. Then in typical fashion he decided to form the Memory Band, with further Gorodisch recordings in production. In February of this year he debuted his first composition for theatre, a soundscape for Soul Pilots produced by EK Performance at The Tramway in Glasgow.

In it's short history the band has been a temporary home to Adem of Fridge (and a solo deal on Domino records), Polly Paulusma (now signed to One Little Indian), assorted members of Moshi Moshi's recent signings Hot Chip and currently enjoys the company of Nancy Wallace and Rob Spriggs, most of whom have also taken part in recording the album.