WANDER (THROUGH THE NIGHT)

I better get a bit of a wiggle on as I don’t want to be writing about this stuff after Chrimbo. Let’s get cracking.

So ‘Wander…’ was our first single of the album. I think, in the same way ‘Alfred…’ did on the first album it sort of summed up in succinct fashion everything about the band at that point. Harmony guitars, weird time signature, little bit heavier, creepy lyrics. It also has a Westlife-style key change in it. What more can you want in a song?

The words themselves are very stalker-y. Seemed to come naturally that part. Not sure what that says about me. We made a lovely video (see below) with our pal Joe Watson who fronted the excellent Attack! Vipers. They also split at Southsea Fest this year though. The TBOTB curse strikes again? Sorry about that. The vid itself was filmed in the round tower in Old Portsmouth where I’m fairly sure we weren’t allowed to be so in vaguely rock and roll style we got in and out before THE ROZZERS COULD GET US. I doubt the rozzers would have really given a toss.

It got a wee bit of radio play on 6music specialty shows and Amazing radio (where the esteemed Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins/Bella Union gave it a spin…probably a career highlight for me personally…) and also gave us a bit of a fright when we got the test-pressing of the vinyl back from the plant as there were 3 suspicious scratches at the end of the song. Turns out it was when we recorded Elliott’s lighter for some reason and I’d forgotten that we bunged it on the recording. There was a reason for it but it escapes me now….I also recall myself and David doing a reworked, quiet acoustic version live on Express FM. It was hideous.

CANARIES IN THE COALMINE

Canaries in the Coalmine. It’s a great saying. If you’re not aware it basically means an early warning for something dangerous approaching. Miners used to take canaries down the pit to see if deadly gas was present apparently (i.e.…if the bird keeled over, it wasn’t safe to be down there…). It’s also apparently the name of a song by Sting and co when they pretended to be a law enforcement agency in the 70’s and 80’s. I didn’t know that prior to writing it though.

That feeling of forewarning and imminent doom is really what the whole album and the story behind it was about. This song was kind of the pivotal point of it all I suppose. The lyrics are probably the nastiest I’ve ever written. The protagonist is losing it, becoming a right b’stard and this is him venting on everyone around him. Not me. Well….a bit me.

We played it live only a handful of times but I always loved it when we did…especially the end section. It gave our inner ROCK band a rare chance to come through which was always fun. In fact, I think everyone is bang on it in this…bass, drums, keys….it really comes together to pack a punch. Dave’s guitar on it is especially fearsome. Although I do remember neither of us being able to play the mandolin bit in the chorus very well and cracking up every time we fucked it up. The little piano bit prior to the choruses also came from when we recorded it for an original demo many moons ago. Jack went to play and it was in the wrong place. Turned out to be my fave bit so it stayed in. Happy mistake. Much like the band itself.

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CHEMIKALS

The actual process of recording album 2 ended up taking far longer than we thought….around 18 months in total. It all gets a bit blurry as to what actually happened when and where but I’ll try and sum it up swiftly in the following format. Read it as quick as you can:

“…TBOTB start recording 2nd album….function band forms with some members to try and make some money….Wit sings ‘Love Shack’ and feels he’s let himself down so quits function band before a gig is even played…other original bands form with various Bang members – Zegema Beach (Ox & Rox), Analogue Manilow (Wit & Dave) and The Retrospective Soundtrack Players (Ox & Elliott)…TBOTB continue recording 2nd album…..the inbred Southsea misery-folk Jelly Maid/TBOTB/Dawn Chorus non-scene gets stretched to breaking point….Ox leaves…..The Dawn Chorus split up…Sexy Keef (from DC) joins….Rox leaves…..Emily joins….Ox rejoins on guitar…..Rox rejoins….Jack still exists in limbo (Sherfield on Loddon)….some of the newly formed bands split….TBOTB continue recording 2nd album…Emily leaves…Wit has existential crisis/breakdown….TBOTB finish recording 2nd album…”

And we all drank lemonade. The End.

Except it wasn’t. As we were finishing the final notes two things occurred.

One was that my good friend from Uni, Mr Jake Gordon offered to mix the album and he had worked with some ace folks that year like Wild Beasts and Everything Everything. He also has golden ears and access to some incredible studios (and equipment) in London at his place of work so we knew it would sound far better than if it had just been left to me. We’d tracked a couple of early bits with Neil of 1st album infamy but he was so busy with the last DC album and The RSP we ended up doing a lot of it ourselves. The only issue was that Jake had to do it in his downtime which meant it was on a ‘as and when’ basis. Fair play to him though as it was a massive favour to us…just took a little longer than expected. All this drama also meant we binned off a lot of the songs that I had earmarked for the 3 act thing and honed it down what we thought were the best tunes. Thank God.

Two was that Jelly Maid Music, our label run from Old Blacksmiths by Rich Tamblyn, imploded as he sold the studio (to another good pal Whyntie – I told you Southsea was incestuos…) – we were now essentially homeless. Our fresh and spangly album finally ready in our hands and no way to release it. Balls. We hawked it around a few places to no avail and I was getting more and more down – so much hard work on something I was really proud of that no-one seemed to want. Sometimes you just need a helping hand and that came from a new and wondrous shop that had recently opened nearby. Pie & Vinyl. Exactly. What a place. They were lovely guys and we quickly became firm friends and occasional lovers. Steve from P&V told me that he wanted to start a label and so a plan was hatched for us to be the first release. It was an honour and exciting to be part of something up and coming, new and inspiring.

In the end, Record Store Day 2013 was chosen as the day of release and we pulled out all the stops to get it cut on actual vinyl, fulfilling one of my life goals. It’s another long story but we were still hand pressing the A & B side labels the night before release after a cock-up at the pressing plant. DIY til we die. Nothing is ever easy in this band. It never has been.

So…anyway…Chemikals….with a k. Why not? Jauntier than anything we’d previously done and benefiting greatly from the inclusion of Pauly B our favourite trumpeter as well as another friend Ken on Sax. The lyrics tell of how the main protagonist of the story (again, more on which later…) is a man controlled by his urges. After all, we’re all just chemical signals at the end of the day. Love, lust, fear etc….all just electrical flashes in the synapses of our silly brains. This being a human stuff is complex.

(Un)fortunately we filmed some of our recording process which I’ll put up in segments so you can see in to the dark corners of the minds of genius’s (genii?). It’s not just a bunch of twats playing Sweet Child o’ Mine constantly.

And below are 3 live cuts of the song from the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea (w/ Pauly B), The Bull & Gate in Kentish Town and The Wheelbarrow in Camden…

Now the dust has settled….

Well….what a couple of weeks it’s been….I’d use the term ’emotional rollercoaster’ but I’m not really a fan of that particular theme park ride so I’m going to go for….er…..what else has twists and turns? Perhaps a Paul Hollywood plaited loaf? Emotional loaf. That’s how I feel.

So. Against all odds (more of which in a mo…) our second album is finally out. To buy. On vinyl. Doesn’t it look purdy?

Tremors & Nosebleeds: The Melodies of a Malady

Tremors & Nosebleeds: The Melodies of a Malady

It’s £9.99 and comes with a free download code – you can purchase it here: http://thebofthebang.bigcartel.com/ (you can get it from iTunes, Amazon and all that too but it doesn’t look as nice as this does…)

Basically (and to cut a very long story short) we were originally promised the album was going to be baked (like Hollywood’s loaves again…), pressed and delivered the week before Record Store Day and in more than enough time for our album launch.

How wrong we were.

On the delivery date we were suddenly informed by the European pressing plant (I shan’t mention any names…) that we wouldn’t be receiving the records for another month! This pretty much rendered the whole shebang a wee bit pointless and, as might be expected, many swears were flung into the surrounding silence….

BUT

Up stepped a hero of a man, who did an absolutely Herculean job at wrenching us – battered, bruised and weeping – up from the gutter. Tim at Sound Performace. What an absolute legend. He worked tirelessly non-stop for us and pretty much cut, pressed and manufactured a record in a week. Outstanding. Our gratitude to him is endless. Many, many phone calls, emails, favours, handshakes, winks and secret nods were deployed and….Friday night (the night before Record Store Day) the band were in production plant mode gluing labels on, popping inlays in and printing off download codes left right and centre at our Pie & Vinyl Headquarters. DIY til we die. I want to thank all the P&V staff there for their help in the matter too…we couldn’t have done it without you. Steve, Rob, Rob, Roberta, Lydia & Kirsty. Thankyou.

No sleep and plenty of worried hours meant that things were pretty fraught in the camp for a while….a happy ending was much needed and by jingo we got it. First with the success of RSD at P&V where we played an instore acoustic set alongside Band of Skulls…(followed by an ace evening at The Registry where the documentary Last Shop Standing was shown featuring our own Pie & Vinyl peeps…)

The cue outside Pie & Vinyl while we played

The queue outside Pie & Vinyl whilst we played…

then….at our album launch at The Wedgewood Rooms on the Sunday night. It couldn’t have gone any better. I won’t forget that gig for a long time. We’ve played that particular venue a fair few times over the years in various bands but we’ve never actually headlined our own night there so it was a definite tick off the list. Cheers to Geoff at The Wedge for his help. The support bands were all absolutely incredible too. Revere, Hall of Mirrors, Billy Vincent, The Boy I Used to Be and Rich Keam. All of them friends from the last few years of touring around the UK. Everyone mucked in to help us make the place look nice and turn it into a bit of a different event than your normal, everyday gig too…

Amongst good company...

Amongst good company…

My incredible wife and her incredible cakes...

My incredible wife and her incredible cakes…

Roberta (of the ace band Curxes and P&V fame...) sold some of her excellent prints - she did the RSD and launch poster designs...

Roberta (of the ace band Curxes and P&V fame…) sold some of her excellent prints – she did the RSD and launch poster designs n’all…

TBOTB & TBIUTB. Some Bangers chat to Ed of The Boy I Used To Be...

TBOTB & TBIUTB. Some Bangers chat to Ed of The Boy I Used To Be…

Nothing like last minute preparation...the band & chums assembling our vinyl...

Nothing like last minute preparation…the band & chums assembling our vinyl…

Rich Keam and his 'glimmer curtain'...

The marvellous Rich Keam and his self assembled ‘glimmer curtain’…

The aforementioned TBIUTB

The aforementioned TBIUTB bringing the magic…

Lovely London folksters Billy Vincent...

Lovely London folksters Billy Vincent…

If you haven't seen Hall of Mirrors, I suggest you do. Soon.

If you haven’t seen Hall of Mirrors, I suggest you do. Soon.

Sorry Revere - I didn't get a photo of you in action as I realised I'd left a lead we needed for our visuals at home! Here's one of my wife's cakes instead. (Rest assured Revere were amazing)

Sorry Revere – I didn’t get a photo of you in action as I realised I’d left a lead we needed for our visuals at home! Here’s one of my wife’s cakes instead. (Rest assured Revere were amazing)

We played the new album in it’s entirity plus a few choice cuts from our first album and EP’s. Including a ridiculous, comedy Jools Holland-style ‘introductions segment’ where we all played the worst possible thing we could. Not entirely on purpose. Keef’s Jurassic Park solo was a highlight.

Here’s one of our new album tracks ‘Something is Holding Me Down’, filmed by the splendid Ryan (Revere’s visual fella and helper of me-not-knowing-what-I-was doing-with-a-laptop)

A massive thank you to everyone involved once again. Friends, family, staff and random strangers who all assisted us in creating what we hope was a unique and special night. It was to us anyway. HERE’S TO THE NEXT ALBUM EH???? (Hopefully it will be easier than this one…)

Wit & The B of the Bang

xxxxx

ps – as an aside, Mr Rich Keam who opened our show, has made it through to the final 25 applicants out of 600,000 in ‘The Best Jobs in the World’ competition. As part of this, we became his backing band ‘The Tastebuds’ for one night only last week…please have a look at his blog here and give him your support. He deserves it. http://richkeam.wordpress.com/

G-G-G-G-G-G-G-GO!

It’s all go-go-go here in BangLand at the mo so not many words today but some pretty pictures and audio for you….

Firstly – we’re playing an acoustic instore set at our lovely headquarters http://www.pieandvinyl.co.uk this Saturday 20th April for http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk  – Band of Skulls will be making an appearance too…

RSD POSTER V2

Secondly, the day after (Sunday 21st April) we will be having our big album 2 launch gig/mini-festival at The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth with support from some of our very favourite bands…it’s going to be a truly special day and we’d love to see you all there….tickets and details available here: http://tinyurl.com/BangWedge

Wit PosterWeb

Thirdly, we’ve been announced to play at the splendid looking Victorious Festival http://victoriousfestival.co.uk in August alongside The Cribs, Maximo Park, Nine Black Alps, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Mike Skinner, Katy B…..and more excitingly….LEVEL 42! Yes indeed.

Victorious

Fourthly (I know…!), our new album will be out Monday 22nd April (although we will have vinyl on us for Record Store Day and the album launch) and it has had a couple of lovely early reviews here:

http://recordoverplayed.co.uk/cdreviews/botb_tremors13.html

http://www.mrteethreviews.com/the-b-of-the-bang-tremors-and-nosebleeds-melodies-of-a-malady/

AND FINALLY…..our very own Wit appeared on BBC6 Music’s Radcliffe and Maconie Show yesterday cramming in as much info about all the stuff above as possible whilst fulfilling a lifetime ambition appearing on their ace feature ‘The Chain’. His song choice? John Grant’s ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ (from The Walker Brothers ‘Make it Easy on Yourself’ – Ivor Raymonde arranged the strings for it and his son is Simon Raymonde who runs the Bella Union label…which John Grant is on). Listen again here (2 hours 14 minutes in):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rsz1y

PHEW!!!

xxxx

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

WE ARE BACK

Good day all

We are venturing outside into the real world from our self-imposed exile. The thick blank concrete walls of the studio have left us with mole-like eyes, blinking in the winter sun….chomping at the bit to spew forth some new audio ejaculations for your aural canals.

In other words – we’re playing a hometown gig. Our album is finished.

The Bang’s favourite place in the whole world – Pie & Vinyl – are putting on a Christmas shindig at The Registry on Saturday 15th December….and who are we to say no to an invitation from them?

Joining us will be our good buddies Kinky Boot Beasts to provide you with a sonic battering (in the best possible way…) and there will be prizes and surprises of all shapes and sizes……I’ve even heard whispers of the return of the meat solo…….

Here’s the deets – you wouldn’t want to miss this one now would you?

http://www.facebook.com/events/381501581932593/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

See you there

TBOTB

xxxxxx

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Gigs! Free Music! The World Wide Web!

Aloha!

First up – 2 London gigs are on the horizon. We’d love to see some friendly faces at them. Well, just faces really….

  • WED 3rd OCT: Death2Disco, Notting Hill Arts Club
  • FRI 5th OCT: Camden Wheelbarrow

 

Secondly – we’re trying to get everything up to date and ready to go for album 2’s imminent release. As a part of this, for a limited time, we’re offering our first album ‘Beginning. Middle. End.’ and our twin EP’s ‘ART DECO’ & ‘ART NOUVEAU’ AS WELL AS our brand new forthcoming single as FREE DOWNLOADS over on our Soundcloud page….that’s 20+ songs! For nowt!

Don’t say we never give you anything….

http://soundcloud.com/thebofthebang

So…you’ve got the back catalogue sorted now. Where do you go to keep up with what’s occuring in BangLand?

http://www.thebofthebang.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/thebofthebangwillsaveyou

https://twitter.com/thebofthebang

http://www.youtube.com/user/thebofthebang

http://jellymaidmusic.com/artists/the-b-of-the-bang/

And if you’re reading this you’ll already know about our blog won’t you? Good.

See you very soon…..very very soon

TBOTB

xxxxxx

 

Elliott asked me to get the word ‘belabor’ into this post….

A warm and friendly handshake and hug to you all on this marvellous day in May.

Camp Bang (I think I have that DVD somewhere…mail order only…) is once again brimming feverishly with excitement – I don’t want to belabor on at you all but OUR ALBUM IS FINISHED, HONESTLY GUV….we just want to get it sounding as good as we possibly can, and, when you’ve laboured on something for as long/intensely/lovingly/loathingly/obsessively as we have, a month or so more to get it sounding, what I believe ‘da kidz’ call, ‘phat’ is small change really.

SO HERE IS A SNEAK PREVIEW OF A COUPLA TRACKS – HOPE YOU LIKE THEM.

http://soundcloud.com/thebofthebang/sets/sneak-preview-of-tbotb-album/

Our next gig is headlining the second stage at The Victorious Vintage Festival, Portsmouth Dockyard on Sunday 3rd June. Jubilee weekend innit and it’s free too so a lovely time should be had by all. We’re playing at the same time as The Lightning Seeds but fortunately no-one’s likely to have heard of them so you’ll all be watching us eh? Good.

Here’s a piccie of our recent Record Store Day unplugged set at our very favourite place in all the land. Pie and Vinyl. They only sell….well…you’ve probably guessed but as they are two of my very favourite things it really is a heavenly establishment. The Word magazine came down and did a little piece – I recommend you all go and see them as the guys who run it are genuine, lovely and knowledgable. What are you waiting for?

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