The Green Nuns was initially formed in 1994 when Matt Coldrick and Sev Burden were sharing a flat. Coldrick was working as a session guitarist and composing soundtracks for natural history films, while Burden was a psychedelic trance DJ. Together they made their first recording, ‘The Whirling Dervish’, which was produced by Pete Smith (The Hypnotist) and released on Triumph Records, before Burden left the country to travel. In the meantime, Burden had introduced Coldrick to the sound engineer Dick Trevor, who had been on the techno/trance scene since the days of Castle Morton. Having established their Blaglands Studios, Coldrick and Trevor released a series of recordings that began with ‘Conflict’/‘Cor’ (TIP Records 1995) and included ‘Atomic Armadillo’ (on Flying Rhino’s compilation Boyd In The Void). Radio exposure from such DJs as Danny Rampling, Annie Nightingale and John Peel broadcast their sound around the UK before the Green Nuns played a number of live shows, including the Brixton Academy, the Trinity Centre in Bristol and the Liberty Science Centre in New York.
While performing on a session for soul singer Gabrielle, Coldrick met the keyboard player Neil Cowley (b. 5 November 1972, London, England, ex-Brand New Heavies), who soon joined the group to work on new tracks for a debut album. Released in October 1997, Rock Bitch Mafia featured more of the band’s muscular psychedelic trance. Straightahead rockers such as ‘Cor’ and ‘Rock Bitch’ featured chunky sledgehammer riffs, while ‘Octofunk’ unveiled more quirky, funky melodies and ‘Klunk’ included fragments of cartoon noise. The group also produced a number of excellent remixes for other artists, notably Prana (‘Scarab’) and Tufaan (‘Tufaan’). In 1999 they released the Green Nunions EP, the final Green Nuns Of The Revolution recording. Coldrick, Trevor and Cowley have continued to record and produce as solo artists.