We are pleased to announce the release, on 15th February, of an album by The Waterfoot Dandy called Waiting For Titan.
The Waterfoot Dandy was better known to friends and family as Gary Lomax.
Gary was a teacher, from Waterfoot, who was well known across the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, for his photography and music.
The dad-of-five studied photography at London’s prestigious Royal College of Arts, but shunned the offer of a job at Vogue to start a family in Rossendale.
Born in Rawtenstall, Gary played for Bolton Wanderers’ youth team as a young man before deciding to train as an artist.
While studying art at Manchester University, he trained under Rossendale’s most famous artist, Dave Pearson.
He then took up a Masters degree at aforementioned Royal College of Art, where he studied under renowned photographers Michael Langford and John Hedgecoe. He went on to work as a teacher at Harper Green School, in Bolton, and at Burnley College but always maintained a keen interest in music.
He was a well known figure at legendary Manchester club The Hacienda during its heyday as a member of post-punk band Victor Drago, The band comprised Paul Cairns – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar & Keyboards, James Hargreaves – Vocals, Bass & Trumpet, Gary on Vocals & Lead Guitar, Steve Davies – Congas (notably a member of The Fall for a short period in 1980 when Paul Hanley was doing his exams), and Pete Mulvihill – Drums who was replaced by Tom Winstanley. Music from Victor Drago is available from Detour records and I Tunes.
Described by his family as a ‘creative genius’, Gary’s “Get To Grips With Terror!!!” release as The Waterfoot Dandy was a favourite of Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who often played it on his show.
Gary sadly died of a heart attack on Sunday, February 15. 2015.
Gary’s music was released by In Tape records, which was started in 1983, and included such bands as ; Asphalt Ribbons (who became Tindersticks), The Creepers, Eva, Frank Sidebottom, The Heart Throbs, Gaye Bykers on Acid, Implied Consent, Janitors, June Brides, Life with Patrick, Membranes, Robert Lloyd and the New Four Seasons, Rote Kapelle, Stitch, Terry & Gerry, The Weeds, Whipcrackaway (which featured German Shepherd label co-owner Ian Moss), Yeah Yeah Noh and Zor Gabor.
Eddie Fenn, former Creeper and In Tape guru has uncovered a set of Gary’s recordings for this release on the anniversary of his passing.
These are lo-fi recordings with occasional drop-outs, and varying sound quality but they capture the raw genius of Gary Lomax.
As Eddie says (in his guise as The Honourable Ted):
This is the first of The Waterfoot Dandy’s recording all performed live in his 4 foot waterlogged coal cellar of a studio approximately mid to late nineteen seventies. Bass guitar played with his bare feet and equipment all resurrected from skips. Gary lived the dream and now he’s dead. But he’s no Solomon Grundy and won’t be back on Monday but his presence lingers on in the fabric of the nth number of time, space continuums that permeate our cosmos. This is his first release since 14 days to live (In Tape). Originally designed to be released on his and his fellow collaborator The Honourable Ted’s label (NOB Records. That’s Naughty Old Boys) and after much consultation with his wife and soulmate Christine has kindly agreed for it to be released on German Shepherd records as they are good old boys and like minded chaps.
The music is uniquely Northern and reflects the trends of the time. In hindsight the nearest comparison we can give you is The Residents, albeit with a very broad Lancashire accent.