Ananda Maya

Child of Light ARC131

Child of Light

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Ananda Maya - Child of Light


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child of lightChild of Light


  1. Texas
  2. See Emily Play
  3. Baby Hate
  4. Whiskey and Heavy Water
  5. Lizard Queen
  6. Preacher
  7. Simones Life
  8. Summer of Love


Line up:

Matt Butler
Ian Pirrie
Chris Porter
Will Ng
Toby Pascoe


Child of Light was recorded between Nov 1989 and Jan 1990

Matt had a friend Chris Porter who was keen to work with him so we had a test rehearsal and this guy turned up in blue jeans and lumberjack shirt and let loose with all these wild bluesy riffs. We were blown away and without any discussion our sound changed from Goth rock to ass kicking rock. The Stones, Hendrix and U2 were heavy influences and it showed when we met with record companies. They pointed out our confused direction but we didn’t care! We didn’t get signed either.

After a break and a lot of song writing we were ready to rehearse but John Murray had moved on already so we needed a drummer. I placed an ad in a local magazine and no one answered except a 15 year old boy who was so keen to join a band he had not even heard so I agreed to meet him. He showed up fresh faced and keen and we talked about music influences, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Hendrix and the Doors. So without hearing if he could actually play the drums I told him he was in the band. He said he did not have a drum kit so the next day I hit my overdraft and bought him a second hand kit from a friend. All I had to do now was convince Matt and Chris that this guy was the real deal.

Toby Pascoe turned up early and we nervously tuned up the kit and waited for the others to show up. Matt arrived with Chris and they both had the same reaction, who is this kid you have foisted on us!? As it turned out he was the most talented drummer I have ever heard to date! He instantly won them over and we were for the next three years a solid unit.

We had a meeting with Island records; they were keen to put us in their in house recording studio to see if we could stand out of our obvious influences. It was a very exciting time for us, a band on the brink of a major record deal!

Matt announced that he was moving to London to work for Psychic TV Records. We could still keep the band together but we’d have to rehearse in London which we did but it put a huge financial strain on us all.

Sometimes we forget that some people have to earn a living, have to pay their rent and put meat on the table. When Chris left the band to become a motorcyclist journalist we were devastated! He had to follow his heart and who could blame him, we were in a writing rut and he was going to live in Italy and review motor bikes! That was it, Matt quit the next day and we never got to record for Island Records.

At that time I still owned my recording studio in St. Paul’s. Recordings were made by many Bristol bands including early work for John Parish and PJ Harvey plus many of the bands you will find on Bristol Archive Records, John Parish actually produced most of this album with Will Ng on drums who later joined Head.

Myself and Toby formed an experimental progressive rock band and we recorded an album. Toby took me to musical heights I never thought I could reach, he could play the drums, guitar, flute, saxophone, clarinet, Theremin and any musical instrument you could put in front of him. Our new band would be called Fugitive Colours.