Chris Riley - In The Haze

(Nice Mind Records, NICE018)
Digital Download - £1

An original single and b-side written and recorded in and inspired by the second phase of the UK 2020 lockdown.

Label scribe VH Monks writes on the release below:

"Both of the new acoustic tracks featured on this single cut from Nice Mind’s lead minstrel are much more personal and straightforward than much of what came with Cestrian, Riley’s album that arrived a few months ago, and yet they carry a fair load and the magnitude of what 2020 has delivered all the same.

With these nostalgic trips comes the weight of the clime, and while his album came together in lockdown, you can feel these were songs borne out of it; brief escapism to memory and the battering of liberty.

But you should free yourself with them really.

‘In the Haze’ is a mature take on a youthful escapade forgotten, and then more, perhaps your entire ancestry behind you, entwined into a pale, translucent thread. It bleeds into being, the intimate guitar nestled in a somehow vibrant but barely-there synth cocoon, and then this quietly shattering music sends small spells of thunder around the titular refrain. Like the cover, it’s a colourful ripple across history and mind, a luminous flash over lullaby and shadows, a burning flame through calm and waning. Sometimes lightning strikes over the most still of lakes.

From the sometimes forlorn, to that black and white photo of your grandparents goofing about, a twinkle in the old man’s crooked smile. ‘There’ll Never Be (Another You)’ is pretty in twee, but not excessively or mawkishly so. Just unabashedly open and heart pumpingly gentle, a carefree runaway compared to its pairing. Stumbling tumbling memories ride over peels of skip hop picks, tender but racing into the past, rushing to grab onto an ethereal image that whispers from history. The spiralling guitar that fades in echo to close is like waking up in a cold sweat and smiles.

Chris sings on both of these tracks as if channeling the feelings of a past self, a natural relaxed warm tone, reflective and emotive, an occasional echo at peace with himself, if not certain moments that taunt (haunt?) him.

Songs to play with, to rest with, to grow with."

-VH Monks- October 2020

Available to stream and download from Nice Mind Records here.


Chris Riley

Nice Mind Records proudly present Cestrian the debut album by label stalwart Chris Riley. Written and recorded over a number of years, 13 original acoustic tracks of diverse moods and colours through a psychfolk filter.

"This album refracts a myriad of lights and darks, a kaleidoscope of maturity +jollity, folk + prog, poetry + imagery, whistling + recorders, acoustic refrains + vibrating sonic beams." VH Monks

All songs written, performed and recorded by Chris Riley with additional organ and guitar by WVP (Tracks 5, 6, 12 & 13).

Mixed and Mastered at The Culture Bunker by Nice Mind Records.

Available on Limited Edition CD with fabulous artwork by sydelic and for stream and download with exclusive extras here at Nice Mind Records.



Chris Riley

When The Roses Are In Bloom' by Chris Riley.
Taken from the forthcoming album 'Cestrian' (available July 3rd in both digital & CD formats), this EP features 4 tracks written by Chris himself. Only the title track will be on the album so if you want to hear the should have been on the album future classic 'Away From My Door', this is the only place to get it!


whitevanperil / Suddenly Bears (NICE015)

Unlikely label friends whitevanperil and Suddenly Bears have joined forces to create
'Lives' by WVPSB.
2 Tracks:
No Lives Matter Fuck You - whitevanperil give us a 10min sonic assault that sounds like the sirens warning Whitechapel of impending doom.
All Lives Matter Love You - Suddenly Bears do what they do best, try to calm us all down and forget about the world
So, welcome to 'lives'.
Please note, the download comes with a text-free version of the now deleted cover for you to savour in any way you so desire


Suddenly Bears

Out now on Nice Mind Records, the debut album by Suddenly Bears.
'I Fought The Dharma (and the Dharma Won) is 60 minutes of Stockhausen, Satie, Radiophonic inspired music to aid in the creation of mental constructs.
At times drone-like, at times dreamlike, at all times, very Suddenly Bears
Written and recorded by the Bears themselves. Mixed and glued together at the Culture Bunker all for the glory of Nice Mind Records
Digital only release for the bear friendly price of £4


Chris Riley

Welcome to Syracuse, the first single from the upcoming album from singer, songwriter and dicey poet, Chris Riley.

And what a single it is!

Starting with the title track, Syracuse, a magical song that takes you out of time and mind, on an adventure where you are the hero, your reward being this beautiful tune. Just roll with it.
Following that, Chris spends some time living with his psycho baby before sending it off to label friends The Support Band to add some extra psychotic sounds.
To finish we are introduced to a messed up monkey who just wants you to shake his tree.

All in all, a perfect introduction to what you can expect to hear on 'Cestrian', Chris's debut album, coming soon on Nice Mind Records

All songs were written and recorded by Chris Riley.
Mixed and produced at the Culture Bunker by Nice Mind Records

Digital only releaseSyracuse (Bandcamp)


The False Poets

The original line of The False Poets in Garage Rock Preservationists mode. Includes a previously unreleased version of the band's debut single Tell Me When and 3 classic garage nuggets).

Recorded in The Red Room at First Avenue Studios, Heaton
24th February 2013

Mixed at The Culture Bunker by Nice Mind Records

Digital only release: The Red Room EP (Bandcamp)


The False Poets / The Support Band

Split LP from garage rockers The False Poets and krautrock noisemakers The Support Band.

Tracks 1 - 3 written by The False Poets
Track 4 written by The Support Band

1 & 3 recorded at Nemix Newcastle & The Culture Bunker
2 recorded live at Bubbles, Ashington
4 recorded at White Gables Recording Studio

Produced, mixed and designed by Nice Mind Records

Digital-only release:The Daily Permitted Exercise LP (Bandcamp)
More from the Chris Riley about the recording HERE


Kevin Phillipson

13 original songs written, performed and recorded by Durham songwriter Kevin Phillipson. The songs are performed with eloquent lyricism on acoustic guitar and keyboards with flavours of pop, folk and the occasional hint of gentle psychedelia.

Written, performed and recorded by Kevin Phillipson
Additional mixing and production by Nice Mind Records at The Culture Bunker

Digital only release: The Fool And The Moon (Bandcamp)


Tristan Sturgeon

14 original garage punk tracks composed and recorded by Tristan Sturgeon around the time of his tenure with The False Poets

Recorded and Engineered by Tristan Sturgeon at Rickenbacker Bridge
Mixed by Nice Mind Records at The Culture Bunker

Digital only release: False Poetry (Bandcamp)


The Dicey Rileys

Recorded live at St. Andrew's Church Hall, Coxhoe.
Except track 6, recorded at Northside Recording Studio

Digital only release: The Lambton Worm (Bandcamp)
More from the Chris Riley about the formation of the band and recording HERE



A collection of Christmas songs from the NICE MIND RECORDS label. 
At Least one song will be added each year!

Available digitally: Now That's What I Call... (Bandcamp)



Two tracks of doom-laden noise and drone ambience from whitevanperil
Recorded and performed by WVP at The Culture Bunker, Gateshead, December 2019.
Additional recording was done under the Gateshead flyover.

Dedicated to the wrecks of 1864

Digital-only release: The Black Middens  (Bandcamp)


Chris Riley

The fifth release on Nice Mind Records.
Seven original songs from singer-songwriter Chris Riley

Released November 21, 2019

Engineered and Mixed by Dave Curle
First Avenue Studios, Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne 10/04/2004

Digital-only release: Cloudwalking In The Concrete World (Bandcamp)
More from the Chris Riley about the recording HERE


The Support Band

Recorded at White Gables Recording Studio in November 2019, mixed later at The Culture Bunker, 2 tracks of krautrock ambience from the mystery that is The Support Band.
The only information given to us from the band was that this release is 'part of your 5 a day'.

Digital-only release: Nice004 (Bandcamp)
More from the Chris Riley about the recording HERE


The False Poets

Recorded at Northside Recording Studios and released both digitally and on CD in November 2019 
The debut album from The False Poets featuring 12 original prime cuts of 60s inspired garage rock.

Both digital and CD versions: The False Poets (Bandcamp)
More from Chris Riley on the creation and recording of the album HERE


The Dicey Rileys

Engineered and Recorded at Northside Recording Studios, January 2019 and released on Nice mind Records April 2019.
13 tracks from The Dicey Rileys (Chris Riley, David Haskett, Bob Haskett). 
Full of Irish cheer and folk diversions it captures the band doing what they do best.

Both digital and Cd release: The Ghost Ship (Bandcamp)
More from the Chris Riley about the formation of the band and recording HERE


Chris Riley

Produced and engineered by Tom Moon at the John Marley Centre, Benton in 2009, the first release on the then embryonic Nice Mind Records label. Chris Riley's second EP. Six original songs and one of his traditional arrangements, Reissued in November 2019

It all started here:
Moments Stolen Back (Bandcamp)

More from the man himself about the creation and recording HERE

Joe Meek's Kitchen Drawer Podcast

 Nice Mind Records presents the 'Joe Meek's Kitchen Drawer'  podcast.
Every second Sunday of the month we intend to have a rummage through Joe Meek's Kitchen Drawer and pull out a collection of songs loosely connected on a given theme.
How they ended up there we'll never know, but as John Lee Hooker kind of said, they're in there and they'll have to come out.