Digital Music — April 29, 2023 at 4:22 pm

XTC’s Andy Partridge debuts new trio The 3 Clubmen — hear first single “Aviatrix”

The 3 Clubmen | Photos via Stu Rowe

XTC founder Andy Partridge has been musically active the last few years, releasing an EP of new music with Robyn Hitchcock and a couple My Failed Songwriting Career releases. Now comes his next project, a new trio called The 3 Clubmen that debuted its first single this week.

The 3 Clubmen find Partridge joined by Jen Olive and Stu Rowe, and the trio will release its debut, self-titled EP on June 30, with CD editions of the four-song set available exclusively at Burning Shed.

You can hear their first song — the lilting “Aviatrix,” with Partridge and Olive trading vocals —  below.

The trio behind The 3 Clubmen have each worked together in some form since 2008. Rowe, like Partridge, is from Swindon in the U.K., while Olive hails from Los Angeles. During the pandemic, they decided to finish the songs they’d started years ago, which now comprise the forthcoming EP.

Of the project, Partridge says:

“Like an ‘action painter’ throws colour at a canvas, we tend to throw musical and sound things, knowing that we’ll cut through this seemingly insane mess later, to hopefully find some beautiful garden, hiding there. I throw paint, Jen throws paint, Stu throws paint… and we walk away. If, when we return, something in there calls to us, we’ll move heaven and earth to get it out and let it breath. Using whatever it takes, be it contrary musical ideas, parts in clashing keys incongruous sounds, contradictory words/phrases. Its all clay to us.”

The band’s name, The 3 Clubmen, dates back to when they first started working together in person, in 2010. The name, according to the trio’s bio, refers to “local defense volunteer groups formed during the English Civil War. Clubmen protected themselves from both armies by fighting on their own side — the name seemed to fit,”

Below, check out their debut single and EP tracklist..



The 3 Clubmen, The 3 Clubmen EP

1. “Aviatrix”
2. “Racecar”
3. “Green Green Grasshopper”
4. “Look At Those Stars”






  1. Happy to hear anything new from Andy. Mostly he’s been finishing older stuff of late. Wish he’d put out a full,album..

  2. Peter Wright

    Really like this. The flute got me first and the harmonies at the end sealed the deal. Everything in between was pretty special too. Best thing Andy has done for ages. This bodes extremely well for the future.

  3. Brett Walker

    Has some throwback XTC elements but with a twist. Good layering of flute and horns.

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