Musicians have joined together to support four casualties rescued from a devastating fire which ripped through a popular rehearsal studio.
Firefighters and paramedics descended on Subsound recording studio and practice rooms, in Oxford Street, Penkhull, in the early hours of Sunday, May 17.
Four people – who lived in flats within the building – were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
It is understood that the Subsound owner – who is known as ‘Gord’ – was among the casualties.
Now Staffordshire band Psyence has set up a Go Fund Me page to help support those affected by the fire.
Bassist Jamie Bellingham, aged 28, from Hartshill, said: “I’ve spent half of my life at Subsound – and it’s where Psyence was born.
“The studio is like a home from home, and Gord is an absolute legend – you couldn’t meet a nicer bloke.
“I’m absolutely gutted about the fire, but can’t express how happy I am that everyone made it out alive.”
Cash raised from the fundraiser will be split between the four people who have lost possessions in the fire.
He added: “It’s the least we could do. We owe Gord a lot – the guy is basically family. People have lost a lot – possessions, a place to live, income – so anything we can do to help, we will.”
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Bandmate Ben Nixon is heartbroken about the fire and wants to support the studio in any way possible.
The 29-year-old, from Blurton, said: “Gordon has been like a band dad to us – we’ve spent so many years in the studio crafting out sound and identity.
“We’re asking for everyone to help ensure there is some financial support for the victims of the fire, as soon as they are well enough to leave hospital.
“I wish everyone the speediest of recoveries. We want to let them know that they have friends and family who will do whatever it takes to help them get back on their feet. We’ve got their back, just as they’ve had ours.”
King Kula frontman Jordan Gifford lives in the next street to the studio, and saw the blaze on Sunday morning.
The 30-year-old said: “It was so scary. I’ve known Gord for about eight years and used the practice studio for six years.
“Gord is a top bloke and we’re really gutted for him and everyone else who lost their home to this.
“We are hoping to organise a gig with the bands that practiced there to help raise more money, when things go back to normal and venues can reopen.
“We’ve still got some equipment there, so we need to see what happens with that. It’s the last thing on our minds at the moment.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is still trying to pinpoint exactly what caused the blaze. It is thought to have started accidentally.
Staffordshire Police have not been able to provide an update on the casualties’ conditions.
John MacLeod, aged 40, from Newcastle added: “Dan and Ash from King Kula welcomed me and Duncan Wilcox to rehearse with them at Subsound for an Attack Of The Vapours show.
“It’s a great place to play, and I really hope Gord and the others involved are safe and well after this.
” Rehearsal spaces are the lifeblood of any music scene, and it’s incidents like this that highlight how much we need them.”