Seedy Reed is a multi-instrumentalist whose origins date back to 1993 as vocalist and rhythm guitarist for London-based artrock combo Gaw Nihc.
The band on formation was heavily influenced by avant-gardists such as Faust and The Residents- and as such, they all chose their own pseudonyms, the most amusing of which being bassist Katie Kutts who just stole her name from another person: a member of the UK dance music project: Sheep On Drugs. To date Reed has been the only member of this band to pursue a solo career- at least using the same moniker. Despite their distance, Gaw Nihc still collaborate and their latest EP Broken Art came out in 2020.
After relocating to Melbourne in 2001. Reed played solo acoustic shows for 2 years before forming his power trio ‘The Seedy Three.’ The band commenced by putting together a tribute LP of Prince’s Purple Rain album that somehow managed to be squashed down to 25 minutes. After an extensive tour schedule, the band wrapped up and Reed immediately returned to the strict combination of his own solo work as well as his faithful collaboration with Gaw Nihc.
The striking difference between these two projects are Reed’s vocals… with Gaw Nihc, he sings in many different styles, but as Seedy Reed, he is absolutely committed to presenting his singing with a distinct guttural growl.
After only presenting a handful of recorded tunes as a solo artist- including a run of download-only protest songs made as fundraisers for charities or humanitarian organisations, Reed finally released his debut LP ‘Every Taste in the Basement’ in 2021.
Seedy Reed is here with Paul Elliott to introduce the songs from Every Taste in the Basement on And This One's Introduced By... on Planet X on 3CR.
Simon Strong, Michael Helms & Paul Elliott