Tuesday, 19 April 2011

YUCK - 19/04/2011

I'm really, reeeeeally pleased to say that we're gonna be playing with YUCK at the Millennium Music Hall on Sunday 15th May 2011. Their debut record has been on constant rotation by both Rhys and I for the past month, so to be asked to play is a really nice surprise. YUCK sound a lot like Dinosaur Jr and The Lemonheads, in case you didn't already know. I'd link a video or something up here to show, but i have absolutely no idea how i'd go about it. Here's a wiki link for that great debut record i mentioned earlier. I can do that.


Monday, 18 April 2011

Currently listening to... - 18/04/2011

In Love With Oblivion - Crystal Stilts
Gemini - Wild Nothing
Nine Types Of Light - TV On The Radio
Serotonin - Mystery Jets
Psychocandy - The Jesus & Mary Chain
Crush - Abe Vigoda
Nothings Shocking - Jane's Addiction
Live Through This - Hole
S/T - Yuck
Colouring Book - Glassjaw
The Impossible Song & Others Songs - Roddy Woomble
Angels - The Strokes
Forty Licks - The Rolling Stones

... been experiencing the sorely missed pleasure of having copious amounts of time to listen to music recently, thanks in no small part to saying goodbye to five plus hours of driving lessons in my spare time every week by passing my driving test just last week, plus we (as a band) have been utterly cymbal-less since the High Wycombe show. The good news is that Robin is expecting a new set to arrive on Wednesday of this week, and a practice is (finally) planned either Thursday or Friday. In the meantime i have managed to write choruses for a couple of the new ones and i'm pleased to say that they're sounding great. Now for the verses. Kind of an arse backwards way to write a song really, i've never worked like that before, but it's worked for the last bunch of songs so, if it ain't broke...

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

"Robin Obdinwenge" - 05/04/2011

High Wycombe is a great place to visit, and an even better place to play a punk rock show. Fantastic people, great venues and worthy promoters are what make great shows from a bands perspective, and it would seem that High Wycombe is a place that fulfils these requirements in abundance. All the other bands on the bill were fantastic and i think we put a good foot forward too. Thanks to Crazy Arm for all the Robin related banter and Make Do And Mend for all the nice things they said about us during their set. Lovely guys. Thank you to all involved in the show, especially Dave for inviting down to play in the first place.

Robin has taken it upon himself to organise us a tour with Crazy Arm later on this year, seeing as he's friends with the guys it should hopefully shape up without too much hassle. I can't wait. As for the present, we go back to writing more new songs for the next few weeks. We have some demo time booked in for July, total live recordings over a two day period, during which we will try and bare-bones record everything we have up until that point. These sessions will be done with Chris Morgan, and it'll be great to get back working with him, he knows where we want to go with the new stuff and is a bit of genius all round. One song i'm particularly keen to work on this week is a lively little number we wrote during the last twenty minutes of our most recent practice a couple of weeks back. The riff came from nowhere, as did the words to the chorus, and the whole song pretty much wrote itself from start to finish within about ten minutes. Magic! It's a fairly straightforward melodic punk rock song, with the obligatory, gargantuan chorus that to my ear brings to mind early noughties Brit Rock/Post-Hardcore, like Hell Is For Heroes, Hundred Reasons and '100 Broken Windows' era Idlewild. I absolutely love it, itching to play it again.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Plugged In - 01/04/2011

We will be featuring in the next issue of Plugged In magazine. For a 'new band' feature or something, so i'm told. Will update this when i find out an actual date for when the issue will be published.