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Bringing The Earth Centre back to life

Creating a sustainable future for the derelict, war-zone, council drop out!

Written by Molly Mosschops

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What attracted you to making music with each other?

W: I suppose a likeminded desire to do something outside our respective comfort zones

How have your individual musical journeys led you to We Fell To Earth?

Ultimately I think it was the mutual desire to do something different that brought us together, visit this site but it definitely helps that we had friends in common who orchestrated events which led to our first meeting.

-What did you want to achieve with We Fell To Earth?

We wanted to make hypnotic music with strong rhythm sections.  Always looking for a great groove-something to get lost in

-3 of your tracks have been picked up by US TV shows. What would you like to see one of your songs be the soundtrack to and why?

We would LOVE to score an entire film for Guillermo Del Toro.  I love his movies.  They have just the right balance of fantasy and reality to warm your bones.

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-Which individuals that you have worked with have had the most inspiring influence on you and why?

Tom Skinner – drummer – a machine with a big fat pulsating heart

What is your favourite part of the creative process with We Fell To Earth?

W: Firstly, building the rhythm sections – I need that to get inspired for what needs to happen next…  Also finding accidental sounds and using them in unusual ways.

-Your tracks really sound like they come into their own live. Tell me about your live shows, would you agree?

Thankfully I do agree.  Rich and I pretty much recorded the majority of the album on our own, so we were very curious to see what would happen in a room with other musicians when it came time to bring the thing to life.  One of my favourite things about playing music is the live element.  Although it can be nerve wracking, there’s nothing quite like the energy you feel coming from a group of people on stage who are there because they want to be.  THAT, I believe, is what brings such life to the show. The sound is pretty intense live-rhythm section always driving.  Our drummer is usually playing at least 2 parts at the same time.  We needed 2 drummers – instead we have one genius drummer.

-I’ve read several times that a shared influence is Krautrock. Are there any others? Or ones not shared?

Krautrock is definitely the strongest shared influence.  There are other shared – we both have a love of loads of sounds from the 60′s, post punk, and early rock-n-roll, a bit of Shoegaze.

There are bands that have had a massive influence on me that are maybe a little too out there or maybe a bit too rock-n-roll at times for Richs’ taste (Sensational Alex Harvey Band) and the same goes for me regarding him in the electronic department (Kraftwerk – don’t hate me – Simon Says was forced on me as a child)

-Most affecting artist or inspiration in your work?

For starters:  Link Wray, the weather, Can, Grace Slick, sounds Rich makes with synthisizers, Nick Cave, COFFEE

-What does the future look like for We Fell To Earth? Any exciting things in the pipeline?

Lots of live!  We start a tour with AIR November 25th.   We are promoting our new single “Deaf” which comes our November 16th

-Last record you heard and liked?

New – Flaming Lips “Embryonic”

Old – Them “The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison”

-Best place that your music careers have taken you?

On one end of the spectrum -Joshua Tree California and on the other – the UK

-Best way to spend downtime?

Wrapped in a warm blanket on a very comfortable couch, sipping a warm beverage  accompanied by my family and my animals  :)
Down at Denaby Main people are doing it for themselves. For five years the former museum of the millennium ‘The Earth Centre’ has kept its doors firmly closed to the public. A growing number of people have begun to ask why this multimillion pound project has been abandoned. They think it should be reclaimed as an autonomous community space, click gardens and eco village.

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The earth centre was dreamed up by former Greenpeace Director Jonathan Smales. It was built on derelict land left over from coal pits in Denaby Main, ampoule Doncaster. It opened in 1994, adiposity initial projects were run by community and locals received apprentice training. The Earth Centre established itself as a sustainable aquaculture centre and a community farm.

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In 1995 the Millennium Commission made a massive award (50 million) to Earth Centre, which became one of its ‘Landmark Millennium projects’. It was redesigned and virtually all existing landscaping and projects were destroyed, which understandably lost the goodwill of the local community who were sadly excluded from the project

The designers of the earth centre went on to have a hideous party with public funds that saw a small number of already very rich people paid a lot of money to create an educational space that was then allowed to fall into administration. The Millennium Commission along with the designers and the politicians washed their dirty hands of it and it fell begrudgingly into the incompetent hands of Doncaster Council. It’s fair to say they pulled a fast one on an already kicked community, the earth centre during the time it was open was used by many locals and schools and also provided a significant number of jobs.

Now derelict for 5 years the council leases the space to a very exclusive war-game company that run about on the children’s play areas shooting each other and throwing smoke screens about. Not to mention the police and MOD use the space for training. None of these activities benefit the community or the landscape.

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Recently locals have been thrown off by armed police as they tried to harvest fruit that is growing there in abundance. Requests from local volunteers to harvest the fruit and medicinal plants at the earth centre to were met with weeks of lies and deaf ears from the council so the volunteers decided enough was enough and they took direct apple action!

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Doncaster Council took the Earth Centre on under the agreement that they maintain it for educational purposes so clearly something is amiss. DMBC now plan to sell the site which they view as a national embarrassment, they can’t see beyond their bank balances.

The people are not going to let them. We see that the land belongs to all of us and that we have a right to maintain it and use its resources to live a sustainable lifestyle. We aim to reopen its buildings to the community groups and schools that can then benefit from what was once a valuable community resource. With the spirit of the miners that struggled deep in the pits we will not leave this alone and we invite all to show solidarity in this time of political treason and depleting landscape.

Together we are facing serious consequences of climate change, our earth is suffering and the people in government are blindly leading us on the path of destruction. Capitalism and war are the biggest contributors to pollution and human heartache. Is it all really worth it just to please the greedy few? Surely not! If you hadn’t noticed our liberties are quickly being taken away, but don’t despair as its put in Denaby just ‘Do It Thee sen’! We must take action, unite and reclaim your land and freedom.

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Why not come to the Earth Centre there is a train stop (Conisbrough) right at the entrance. Cross the bridge a public right of way, explore the neighbouring forest, disused tunnels and old viaduct, follow the trail to the pennine way and climb the hill for an amazing view of this special place, historic landscape and beautiful wilderness

We meet up every Sunday at 1pm by the welcome point to do the same so your more than welcome to join our party or why not start your own wherever you are!

power to the people! be the change you want to see…..

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2 Responses to “Bringing The Earth Centre back to life”

  1. percy cat says:

    There is a new for sale sign outside the earth centre. For Sale, 50 Acres. That’s only £1,000,000 per acre, how cheap is that eh? How stupid are we? Around the time of the original phase of the earth centre was when the ‘Donnygate’ shit was just getting ready to explode in the faces of the councillors that where milking the system to line their own pockets. So, This £50m+++++, who’s pockets do you think that lined? I live here, i know what is actually there and there is no way, not by any stretch of the imagination, there is anyone stupid enough to pay that amount of cash for the pile off absolute bollox they have there.
    That moneypot must have been must have been creamed off so badly that all that was left was skimmed milk!
    I smell a serious cover up of some serious robbing by the local officialdom.

  2. Matt says:

    Hi there,

    What would you think if the earth centre was to be turned into the home of the National Emergency Services Museum. This would include housing the UK hisotry of Fire, Police and Ambulance and would also house a large safety centre to be used by schools from all over yorkshire?

    This is only an idea at present to see what people think…

    Thanks, Matt

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