Fire Destroys New Model Army Studio

Whilst most of us were enjoying the festivities, the members of New Model Army were coming to terms with the impact of a fire that destroyed the band's recording studio, along with much of the band's history and instruments in a thirty odd year recording career.

As these pictures show the impact of the fire, which started in a furniture store next to the band's studio in Bradford, combined with an associated ceiling collapse have proved to be devastating. The Christmas Eve fire accounted for a Gretsch and Slingerland vintage drum kits, a Hammond C3 Organ and a whole number of collectable old guitars and amplifiers.

Also lost are the two projects that the band are currently working on - demos for their 12th studio album due in 2012 and recently discovered 30 year-old tapes containing early work which was to be added to the Spring re-release of the band's Independent Chart-topping debut album, 'Vengeance', from 1984.

There are two silver lining to the otherwise dark cloud, first and most importantly, no one was there at the time with none of the fire fighters that attended the blaze being injured and the musical community pulling together to try and lessen the impact on the band, who despite their loses remain upbeat, singer Justin Sullivan;

"We have really been amazed by the response and the generosity of the offers of assistance we have received. Of course we are all upset about what has happened especially the loss of irreplaceable musical instruments and three or four months of recording work but we are insured and hope that at least our financial losses will be covered. In the end though, nobody was hurt and what was lost is just material. The band is about People and Spirit and without doubt this has never been stronger. There may perhaps be a bit of a delay in our activities but otherwise everything will continue as before."

The video, gives you the full extent of just how much damage was caused by the conflagration.


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