A punk rock vocalist from Abbots Langley has made a return to the music scene 40 years after his band’s debut.
Nick Blinko’s unique band, Rudimentary Peni, have just released Great War – their first album in 26 years.
Rudimentary have quite the cult following, which has been amplified by Oscar-nominated actor Riz Ahmed wearing one of their shirts in Sound of Metal.
Blinko, whose intense and disturbing artwork has also landed him plaudits, suffers from a number of mental health issues, including depression and schizoaffective disorder.
While he said in a rare interview with The Guardian that depression makes work “total rubbish”, his mental health issues have played a significant part in Rudimentary Peni’s discography – as has Abbots Langley.
The band’s 1995 album, Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric, was written by Blinko while he was in hospital suffering from severe delusions.
Within said delusions, the songwriter believed he was Nicholas Breakspear, AKA Pope Adrian IV, the English pope who was born in Abbots.
The fact that Blinko shared the birthplace of the pope, along with his initials, led to the confusion and, subsequently, the album.
Rudimentary Peni’s latest release is available on all major streaming platforms.
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