Former Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson launches new label and production duo – listen

Nicholson returns under new Sticky Blood

Former Arctic Monkeys member Andy Nicholson has set up his own record label.

Nicholson is behind new label Card Gang Music, a collective of Sheffield based musicians led by Nicholson alongside Jamie Shield, a producer who has recently worked with George The Poet among others.

Card Gang’s first release will be from Nicholson and Shields’ production outfit. Operating under the name Sticky Blood, they will release the ‘I.D.’ EP on August 14. Hear new song ‘Professional’, featuring vocalist Hekky, below.

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Speaking about the label and future plans, Nicholson commented: “In today’s world of trust fund kids pretending to be A&R at major labels, it’s sometimes difficult to see how you would fit into these organisations, and if you’d actually want to. Creating our own label seemed the obvious choice when looking at all our options. Card Gang was conceived as a brand that would encapsulate our talents and skill sets whether we were working singularly or together under our Clubs & Spades or Sticky Blood monikers. We are sure we will have other aliases depending on the music we create, so having Card Gang Music as an umbrella over our various projects made the most sense.”

Nicholson left Arctic Monkeys in 2006 after the release of debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’. He was replaced by Nick O’Malley who remains in the band today.

In 2008 he formed the band Mongrel with Jon McClure of Reverend And The Makers. He went on to play bass with ex-Milburn frontman Joe Carnall’s band The Book Club in 2009 before leaving to join Reverend And The Makers until 2010.

Arctic Monkeys have released four albums since his departure, including 2013’s ‘AM’.