This week Nick talks to the wonderful mixed-media artist and writer Abi Palmer. Abi’s work includes the installation ‘Crip Casino’—an interactive gambling arcade parodying the wellness industry which has been shown at Tate Modern, Somerset House and Wellcome Collection – and, last year she released her “fragmented memoir” ‘Sanatorium’ via the brilliant Penned in the Margins publishers.
Over the course of this fun and freewheeling conversation Abi talks about being the lead singer in a band with her brother called ‘The Fuzz’, before later changing the name to ‘Lashed’. She also talks about the hurdles of years of music education lost to incorrect psychic readings, slightly interfering band parents, gargling guitar solos and the tense band wars that took place in the Surrey village of Worplesdon.
Also stay tuned for a My Teenage Band first – exclusive recreations of Abi’s songs in voice-note form.
Abi’s book ‘Sanatorium’ is out now via Penned in the Margins
Follow Abi on Instagram and Twitter at @abipalmer_bot
Jingle and beds composed by Anya Pearson – Insta: @anyaplaysguitar
The debut album of Anya’s band Dream Nails is out now
Lead vocals by Imo Berman
Artwork by Eloisa Henderson-Figueroa
Web design by Imo Vee
Presented/Produced by Nick Taylor