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Nick Hudson‘s dystopian-gothic post-punk juggernaut THE ACADEMY OF SUN has been active in various incarnations since 2012. TAOS has collaborated with Massive Attack‘s Shara Nelson, members of NYC’s Kayo Dot, David Tibet of Current 93, Asva, Matthew Seligman (Bowie, Tori Amos, Morrissey) and performed in a medieval castle in Italy, a boat on The Thames, colossal churches, The London College of Fashion, The Old Market theatre in Brighton and many other places.
Hudson, solo, in 2015 played at legendary NYC venue The Stone and in 2016 embarked on a two month tour of Europe and The Middle East with Toby Driver and Keith Abrams from Kayo Dot. Currently a five piece, in November 2017, The Academy Of Sun released Codex Novena, a hypnotic, colossal opus that found its way onto both the Dangerous Minds and Sweeping The Nation end-of-year lists. For his projects Ganymede In A State Of War and Platform On The Ocean, Hudson received significant funding support from Arts Council England.
In June 2018 Hudson flew to Seattle to join Asva alongside Stuart Dahlquist and Toby Driver for their first show in seven years. This show led to Asva being asked to play Roadburn in 2019. In Spring 2019, Hudson will take a version of The Quiet Earth to Murmansk, Russia, as part of the Barents Birds Festival. The British Library, in 2013, requested that Hudson donate his entire recorded output to the library for preservation in its sound archive.
The Academy Of Sun are currently working on an epic new record, experimental video series, and psychogeographical sigil installation, called The Quiet Earth, and can be seen live at Brighton Dome as support of Mogwai and The Twilight Sad on November 25th. The very next day, Hudson will join Toby Driver on his extensive European tour, where he will also play a solo set on various dates.
“The music of TAOS is both beguiling and contradictory. It’s capable of being simultaneously pompous and understated. It confounds and reassures. No matter the direction it is driving in it is somehow always enticing.” – Echoes and Dust
“Nick Hudson…channeling Coil, goes the full Scott Walker.” – Mojo
“‘Ganymede’ remains a song-suite of liberation, violence and ambition that is rich in promise and dizzying in its potential.” – The Quietus
“Nick Hudson and his group The Academy Of Sun are some of the most exciting musicians currently operating in the UK. In the many years I have known Nick he has proven to be a fantastically dedicated, prolific and talented artist. I believe that he is currently at the height of his creativity this far and that this project will reach far more people than have so far been exposed to his music. In my almost quarter of a century in the music industry I have seen many great talents fail to achieve what they could through lack of ambition or hard work and that cannot be said in this instance. They are all extremely dedicated and willing to do whatever they can to reach as large an audience as possible.” – Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai)