AIM HIGH

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh the difficult second album. Where to begin? Well…with ‘Aim High’ that’s where.

The ORIGINAL plan was to get in and record this new set of songs as quickly as possible, pretty much track everything live and get it done swiftly. How wrong we were. The band at this point I think had expanded to Myself, Dave on guitar, Ox on bass, Elliott on drums and Roxanne on keys. Jack had moved to the imaginary, made-up place of Sherfield-on-Loddon for work and, although he was still a member of the band, logistics prevented him on getting down much to Southsea to record anything.

Rox was a great addition – lending her ace vocals and silky piano skills to many a track. I’d always wanted dual male/female vocals (which is why 3 songs on our first album have ladies as guest singers) and I started writing accordingly. The mighty Ox had also stepped in to a full time role after we’d toured together as Dawn Chorus stand-ins. No-one slappa da bass like him.

So….what happened? Well, rather selfishly I went off traveling around Asia for 3 months (in order to…you know….like….totally find myself dahling…) and I got engaged. Upon returning, I’d had all these new ideas for songs and music. The main crux of which was a ridiculously overblown concept piece, more of which I’ll chat about later. I’d made recordings of foley and sound effects etc…while I was away and wanted to take the thread of ‘Beginning. Middle. End’ even further with a 3 act concept album. As you do. If you’re going to do something, you may as well go for it eh? Well thank God it didn’t actually happen like that as I think the slimmed-down, final group of tracks that became album 2 are much, much better for it.

‘Aim High’ was an early contender. I wanted to streamline my songwriting and condense my ideas a little. If there’s a major criticism (that I also sort of see as a positive to be honest…) with the first album it’s that it sounds like loads of different bands. Album 2 was a conceited effort to come up with a TBOTB definable ‘sound’. Still an eclectic one but more focused and direct.

Originally a gentle little acoustic number, I’d been inspired by some of the chanting monks (I’m not even lying…what a tool…) from Laos and Vietnam etc…so, wherever we could force a big, gang vocal harmony in, we did. Fittingly, we thought it should open the album and it ended up being our second single. I made the video using an iPhone app for nothing. It took forever. But it does sum up the whole period of recording quite nicely…

A live version from The Bull & Gate, Camden for Club Fandango…

…and from our album launch at The Wedgewood Rooms (nice intune vocals at the start there…few nerves I expect…)

…finally the song in it’s original guise shortly after writing…

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THE GOOD FRIDAY ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENTS….

HEAR YE! HEAR YE! THE GOOD FRIDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE HERE FOR YOU TO HEAR IN YOUR EARS!

GOOD FRIDAY ANNOUNCEMENT 1: Our new album ‘Tremors & Nosebleeds: The Melodies of a Malady’ will be released on vinyl and download by Pie & Vinyl Records on Monday 22nd April 2013!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pie-Vinyl-Records/553520584679230

GOOD FRIDAY ANNOUNCEMENT 2: We are having a launch show/mini festival at The Wedgewood Rooms on Sunday 21st Apri with some of our favourite bands!

http://www.facebook.com/events/584303971594938/?fref=ts

GOOD FRIDAY ANNOUNCEMENT 3: Lastly…we will be performing a Record Store Day acoustic set at our HQ of Pie and Vinyl Record Cafe on Sat 20th April!

HERE IS OUR NEW ALBUM TO STREAM:

Here’s our 2 singles so far:

‘Wander (Through the Night)’ video :

‘Aim High’ video: 

If you like a tweet every now and then, please go show our new label some love too:

http://twitter.com/PieVinylRecords

See you at the launch show!

TBOTB

xxxxx

DIY til we die…

Cello

Here is a video. It’s for a new song of ours. We made it ourselves.

I guess that makes it a single. Is it a single? Do bands still release singles? I’ve heard folks in the know talk of ‘impact dates’ and ‘release schedules’ but I don’t suppose we’ll be troubling the charts much. 

Still…it’s nice to look at something innit?

If you don’t like looking at things you can always just listen to it here:

There is a day in April that is devoted to all things vinyl. Well…not all things vinyl…it’s not an appreciation of vinyl flooring or tiles or ‘owt weird like that. It is a celebration of those wonderful things we call ‘records’ (or as I overheard a kid say at a festival merch-stand last year to his Dad ‘old-style discs’…) PUT THAT DATE IN YOUR DIARY YEAH?

*message end*

xxx

Shabbey Road Sessions – vol 1

Oh hello…didn’t see you there…you alright?

Well with the world plunging evermore into madness financially and morally, thought i’d post up a few vids. They might brighten your dwindling spirit, or they may effect you in such a way that you choose to pop out and rob the nearest Lidl. The choice, as our Graham used to say on Blind Date, is yours…

Basically, within the last month or so, I have been forced….nay, hurled….into the 21st century by obtaining a new phone and mac within the space of about a week. Hence the quality/dodgy effects/inexplicable vest on these little puppies.

First up is AN EXCLUSIVE BRAND NEW SONG (in my head that voice over was Rutger Hauer…like them butter ads…) – it’s called ‘Aim High’ (which Elliott tells me sounds like a song title that should be in Glee or summat…I have no idea what he’s on about…)

So that’s the phone video mastered…onto the ol’ lappy toppy. And the aforementioned ill-advised attire…a cover of one of my fave songs of the year thus far. In fact, the whole Metronomy album is really rather spiffing…

And finally, back to the hi-tech, no-expense spared, FX laden adventure-fest of the phone camera and a tour of my spare room. For no reason, other than i’d had a few drinks. Enjoy.