World of Leather

During this UK-based indie band's short lifespan in the mid-90s over 50 people passed through the line-up. With an average of around 15 guitarists at any one time, their live show briefly boasted 25 musicians…
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During this UK-based indie band's short lifespan in the mid-90s over 50 people passed through the line-up. With an average of around 15 guitarists at any one time, their live show briefly boasted 25 musicians simultaneously on stage. Led by Mark Chase (b. 1 October 1961, Liverpool, Merseyside, England; vocals/guitar), other key band members included Paul Cuddeford (b. 1 October 1968, Guildford, Surrey, England; guitar), Al McWalter (b. 30 June 1963, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; guitar), Paul Guerin (b. Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, England; guitar), Perry Ap Gwynedd (b. Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales; guitar), Adrian Zolotuhin (b. Surrey, England; guitar), Matt Mars (guitar), Gus Goad (b. Ely, Cambridgeshire, England; bass), Rej Ap Gwynedd (b. Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales; bass), Ray Weston (b. 20 January 1961, Glasgow, Scotland; drums), Mark Walker (b. 7 March 1962, Kensington, London, England; drums), Alex Baird (b. Glasgow, Scotland; drums), Mayumi H. Nishihari (b. Tokyo, Japan; vocals) and Tot Taylor (b. Ely, Cambridgeshire, England; keyboards).

The size of the band came about when Chase and Taylor, who was their producer at the time, held an audition and decided on the spur of the moment to hire anyone who was a competent musician. Having signed to the small independent label Soundcakes, they released several singles that failed to gain any commercial recognition. Their 1994 debut, St. Mark's Place, was critically derided, despite tracks such as "Silver", "Future Ex-Pop Star" and "Papergun", that demonstrated Chase's ability to write a catchy, if derivative, pop song. UK sales of the album were disappointing, although they did achieve reasonable success in Japan and Scandinavia. The following year's Jesus Christ Superstore also received little positive response in the UK, and despite having written songs for a third album, the band amicably went their separate ways.

World Of Leather's fun, full-on melodic indie rock proved to be the wrong thing at the wrong time. However, testament to the talent within the band was that several members went on to enjoy successful careers in music, some working with high profile bands and artists.