IMG_1556We are sorry to announce the death of 1919 guitar player Mark Tighe. The Bradford based band were one of the pioneers of so called goth music with their heavy tribal sound – a truly remarkable sounding group who recently reformed and still sounded at the top of their game.

The band formed as teenagers after seeing the Sex Pistols play Keighley in 1977 and were a key part of the fabric of the groundbreaking West Yorks post punk and goth underground.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. A sad loss of a very dear close friend. There was still so much to share. My deepest condolences to all family and friends. All our love – Franco, Maggie, Anouska & Amara.

  2. Just heard this sad news. Not only did Mark get me through my driving test we also worked together on the design for his CD “The songs of Morton McReary”. Great guitar sound and all round nice guy. One of the few people who could make me laugh. RIP Mark. Condolences to his family.


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