|Also known as
|Rock, Alternative, Britpop, Funk
|Copywriter, bassist for The Anchoress/Paul Draper
|Sweetheart Contract, The Anchoress, Spooky Action Band
|The Anchoress Web site http://iamtheanchoress.com/
Ben Stax is the bassist in the band Sweetheart Contract, who worked on the Confessions of a Romance Novelist album by The Anchoress a.k.a Catherine Anne Davies and has been working on Paul Draper's album Spooky Action At a Distance.
Working on 'The Anchoress' Project
Ben worked with Paul and Catherine on their album projects at the same time.
| After demoing a couple of tracks in Paul’s studio, “Popular” was one of the first to be recorded in earnest. It’s a song that Catherine has had for a while, which meant she had a clear direction of what was required and how we should approach the session.
Shortly afterwards, I remember Paul coming to a gig I was playing in Hoxton with a band called Sweetheart Contract. In fact, it was through Dexy, Sweetheart Contract’s lead singer, that I first met Paul and subsequently Catherine. So it was quite fitting that it was sat in Paul’s car outside the venue before we went on stage that I got to hear the first rough mix of “Popular”. A false intro, trashy drums, angular guitars, layers of vocals, false endings, a Beatles-esque reprise, accessible but not trivial, frivolous but not flippant…all without sounding over-produced or over-complicated.
I always knew The Anchoress would be great, but that was the first moment I had an inkling of just how special it would be. And from the look in Paul’s eye, I could see he was convinced too.
|—Ben Stack MansunWiki