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.

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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…

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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

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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.

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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!!!

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Soundwave from Transformers….

…you know the fella. He was always my favourite. He transformed into a tape player. Why would the Decepticons need that? In case – whilst attempting to destroy the Autobots/the Earth/anyone getting in the way of their general evil shenanigans – they fancied throwing on a bit of Maxi Priest to soundtrack their malevolent wrong-doings?

Odd.

Is there an equivalent in the animated-robofolks-from-Cybertron’s cartoon antics today? Does he download MP3’s in an evil fashion (p’raps dodgy copies?) and fling them at Optimus and co? Would being slapped in the face with an MP3 hurt? Am I talking too much about Transformers?

Yes. Yes I am.

So…the very tenuous link here is that, we’ve been played on the radio a bit. Which is nice (did Soundwave have an FM tuner built in…? Sorry.) You can hear some of these shows again via the wonders of the internettings.

First up – splendid long-time supporters BBC Introducing: The South whipped out a bit of ‘Sharks of the Atomic Atoll’ last Sunday. Thankyou kindly folks. (1hour 15 in…)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00s8wst/BBC_Introducing_The_South_27_05_2012/

Secondly – ‘Wander (Through the Night)’ was played on Amazing Radio by none other than Bella Union head-honcho and former Cocteau Twin bassmeister Simon Raymonde on Monday. This was a special honour for us as BU are my fave indie label ever and have released some of the best records of the last 15 years. If you like good music, you’ll likely own something by them. (59 mins in…)

http://amazingrewind.amazingtunes.com/tunes/119971

Special thanks too for the Leigh and Joel In The Morning Show on Express FM as they played us last week too. Unfortunately there’s no listen again feature for them but here’s a link to their most excellent show – they’re great supporters of the local music scene here in sunny Southsea…check em oot…

http://www.expressfm.com/programmes/leighandjoel/

I believe Amazing Radio are playing us again on Aaron Phillips Rock Show this Saturday from 8pm too so if you’re not out covered in bunting, gin and tea for the Jubilee then try and tune in eh?

www.amazingradio.co.uk

Speaking of the Jubilee – we’re headlining the 2nd Stage at this – http://www.victoriousvintage.co.uk/ on Sunday night. It’s free and, if you don’t fancy the chirpyness of The Lightning Seeds, we’ll be sending out our misery-pop and Transformer-based anecdotes at 9.30pm. Go on the Saturday night too cos our Elliott’s other band will be making a gentle racket. And they’re up against Dodgy. Nuff said.

http://www.retrospectivesoundtrackplayers.blogspot.co.uk/

Have a good weekend Ma’am.

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