Victorious & Free

Hallo there

Being in a band can be a lot of things – invigorating, exciting, liberating, sexually arousing, annoying, incredibly frustrating and heartbreaking – but, ultimately – it’s never boring. This weekend just past proved that with aplomb. I love the word aplomb. Aplomb. Say it. Brilliant.

Friday was the usual ups and downs of playing in London involving a car crash en route (a fairly minor one but still one that wrote off our Ox’s car and meant we had to use a guitar lead to tie the boot shut to get to the gig…) and the standard, minimalistic London crowd. We played well though and it was a good warm up for the next days show which is probably in my top few of recent times….

Victorious Festival was organised by some of the fellows that run a couple of the decent boozers in Southsea – namely Little Johnny Russels and The Belle Isle (Fact #1 – I was the first person to play a gig in LJR’s when it opened….check me out…) and it’s always nice to be involved with something that brings together all the best bits about living in our community. The independent spirit shone through the whole weekend and it was pretty much a roaring success. I even finally got to see Reef!!! (Fact #2 – my first ever gig as a pimply young nipper should have been Reef at Southampton Guildhall and I bought 3 tickets off a tout…silly….only to give the 2 real ones to mates I’d gone with….mates who didn’t know who Reef were….mine was fake and I had to go home….alone…..sniff sniff…..lesson learned though….)

Anyway – our set drew a great crowd and having a decent sound system for a change really does help us with all our silly instrumentation etc…here’s a pic by our Retrospective Soundtrack Playing chum (and trumpeteer on ‘Chemikals’) Pauly B:

Victorious Pic 1 (pb)

Sexy hat eh? EH?

 

The rest of the day was spent catching up with chums and wandering about enjoying the delights of Portsmouth Dockyard…the wonderful old ships of the Mary Rose, the Warrior & the Victory are certainly beautiful backdrops for a festival. Special mention also goes to All About Tea for supplying their top notch Portsmouth Tea blend when the queue for the Ale Tent was too long….oh and Day of the Rabblement sounded great on the acoustic stage too.

Our sexy lovers Pie & Vinyl where also there ‘representin their endz’ with a stall in the Smuggler’s Market. They asked us back on the Sunday to do a ‘secret’ unplugged set for them which was most enjoyable….mainly because rugby player Rob had to ask the Camp Cooks (the excellent on site Drag Queen caterers…) to turn their music off for a bit so myself and Elliott could fumble our way through some songs we rarely play. Here’s a pic by the ace Joe Watson (who did our ‘Wander’ vid and fronts ace hardcore band ‘Attack! Vipers!’):

special friends....and me still looking good in the hat...

special friends….and me still looking good in the hat…

Here too is a wee review from the wonderous (and fantastically named) music blog ‘Call Upon the Author’:

http://www.callupontheauthor.com/blog/4489/victorious-festival-one-mans-view/

All this good cheer in the air has led me to think should give something back so we’ve made our twin EP’s from a couple of years back FREE to download for a while on our Soundcloud page. ‘

ART DECO’ is full band electric stuff and ‘ART NOUVEAU’ is stripped back acoustic stuff. Have a gander and see what you think. ‘Padre, oh Padre!’ on ‘ART NOUVEAU’ is one of my fave songs we’ve written but…for some reason…we’ve never played it live. Doubt we ever will either. Odd that.

Anyway – here they are for you:

…and…

So….finally…..that brings us to our next gig and one of our favourite events on the planet. The mighty Southsea Fest. I think we’re the only band who’s played every single one of these. God that makes us sound like seasoned veterans rather than the clueless amateurs we so successfully seem to portray on a daily basis. Best line-up yet too….

Southsea Fest Line-Up 2013

 

See you there.

Wit

xxxx

TBOTB

 

 

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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…

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

Where are we now?

 

…as a certain David Jones might say…

 

Soooooo….let’s briefly recap dear reader….

 

Had a couple of messages recently that go along the lines of ‘ahhhh I remember seeing some stuff about you lot a few years back and then you disappeared…bit of a shame’

 

Well – I cannot comment on whether our perceived disappearance would be a ‘shame’ or not but thought I’d just give you a bit of a lowdown on what goes on/has gone on behind the scenes. You may or may not be interested…but if you’re not…WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU DOING LOOKING AT THIS BLOG??? GETOUTTAHERE!!!

 

Anyhoo. As far as it goes for us, we’ve never been away. In fact, everywhere I turn, I’m there. It’s ruddy irritating to be honest. Our first album came out in 2009 and we toured it around the country to various dingy back rooms. Some amazing, some not so much. Many of those early gigs were a bit more acoustic in nature as there wasn’t so many of us in the band and they were often easier for us to play. In fact, amusingly, we were nominated for a Folk Award even though we’re not particularly any more folky than…oooh, I don’t know, Slayer or someone…that may be a slight stretch but…you catch my drift. Just because we wield the occasional banjo or accordion, the arran sweaters are firmly stashed away (for now). I even wrote my Uni dissertation on notions of genre and how we perceive them don’cha know??? So check me out.

 

So, folk or not, in 2010 we recorded and released 2 EP’s….’Art Deco’ and ‘Art Nouveau’. One was electric-y, full bandy, sample-y stuff and one was more solo-y, traditional-y, acoustic-y stuff. As is often the case with EP’s however, these sort of slipped beneath the radar and no-one really noticed. We liked them though. 

 

Since then a variety of things have occurred…first off, I swanned around travelling a bit…growing various beards and wrote most of what was to become our new soon-to-be-released-honest-guv album. The people who made up TBOTB swapped around a fair bit too so myriad rehearsals and low-key gigs testing out new material and members was pretty much the de rigeur order of the day in 2011.

 

It was also the year of a few side-projects that developed into other things which naturally took up plenty of tim. Myself and Mr Rhodes dallied with our inner noise-rockers in Analogue Manilow, Elliott stepped in to alt-country-pop-rock mode with the Retrospective Soundtrack Players. Again, a few members went off on their own journeys and more new members came into our warm bosom (titter titter). Southsea’s musical fraternity is like that. I for one relish it and it means I’ve had the honour of playing with some amazing musicians of whom all are now firm friends. And that’s the important part really isn’t it? Yes. Yes it is.

 

So – anyway – fast forward to 2012 – album 2 was finished and ready to go. Self recorded and produced we were as happy as pie with it…but the opportunity arose for another good pal of ours, the esteemed Mr Jake Gordon, to give it a bit of an extra mix and polish. My word we’re glad he did. Here’s a bit of info about him and his recent work (including stuff he’s done with a couple of our fave bands…) 

 

http://miloco.co.uk/engineers/jakegordon.php

 

Jake made everything sound a hundred times greater than we could have ever achieved on our own so it was well worth that extra wait. So, prepped, ready-to-go, gorged with fresh blood and mixed perfectly…..our dear little indie label Jelly Maid Music fell off the cliff into the abyss! T’was a sad day for all and meant, like The Littlest Hobo, we were now homeless…

 

After touting it around to a few of the labels that we love and trust and being greeted with stares that I’m sure Joseph and Mary received in Jerusalem before they bedded down in someones shed or something, we realised that we were probably looking at a self-release. Now these aren’t necessarily a bad thing as it means you have total control (always good) and can create your own world around you…..BUT….you also have no money (or we certainly don’t) nor any inbuilt ‘network’ of friendly faces and industry peeps to help you out or fight your corner.

 

If you can now, at this point dear reader, imagine a hero – swarthy and muscular – swooping in and grasping us in their bulging arms while we look up doey eyed and, well theres no other word than aroused, then please feel free to do so as that is basically the truth of it. I’m not going to reveal all yet (where’s the fun in that?) but, rest assured, April is certainly going to be a splendid milestone in The B of the Bang’s strange, exciting, terrifying adventure…

 

Keep your ears to the ground BangFans

xxx

 

ps just in case you wondered David Jones is David Bowie’s real name. Told you I went to university.

So guitar music is ‘back’ and HMV is ‘gone’ eh?

 

 

Strange times we live in……BUT……no stranger than anywhen else in history.

 

Yes it’s sad HMV seems to be on the verge of disappearing from our high street but have you been in there in the last few years? Unless you want Beats headphones or an overpriced iPod dock it’s slim pickings. I can’t remember the last time I bought anything in there as they generally haven’t stocked for a while:

 

a) much in the way of vinyl 

b) CD’s that I might want for under about £15 and…

c) DVD’s that aren’t The Hangover

 

Hopefully, the few remaining FOPP’s will stay open/be snapped up by someone else and the staff who do know their onions (quite rare in my experience at my local HMV if I’m honest…) go on to work at the independent record shops that might hopefully spring up and take hold of a market that I definitely believe is still there. One can dream eh?

 

So, say a few words in prayer if you want, but don’t mourn long….get yourself down to somewhere like Pie & Vinyl in Southsea and buy your music from knowledgable staff who love what they do. You can spend as much time as you want having a browse (something that I do miss about the HMV of old….)

 

Right. Next up. Rock music is back is it?

 

Where has it been then? I’ve read a few reports and listened to some radio articles that generally go along the lines of ‘Mumford and Sons blah blah blah….Keane blah blah…..’ even Scouting for Girls were mentioned. Yes you read that right.

 

Now, I don’t care whether you have guitars, samplers, banjo’s, theremins, violins, tubas or you’re an Aboriginal acapella throat-singing quartet. Good music is good music. I have nothing against any of those bands mentioned above but something that unites them all is the fact that they are in no way ‘rock’. Whatever that means.

 

I understand that these things go in cycles and every 5 or 6 years the industry needs to ‘stay fresh’ (hmmmm…) and change it’s focus to sell more product. I also understand that, as pop and R&B has been dominant in the charts for a while that guitar bands in the background have perhaps been free to make music that might be less commercial and a wee bit more experimental but……and here’s the twist…THIS IS ALWAYS HAPPENING. ALL THE TIME. CONSTANTLY. 

 

Go and watch bands in the town you live in. I guarantee you’ll still see plenty of Strats, Les Pauls and Teles. You will also see a few laptops, synthesisers and samplers. Many of them will be making good music regardless of whether it’s trendy or flavour of the month. Lot’s of them will have been doing so for some time. Of course there will be a load of chaff to weed through but that, my friends, has always been the case and will never change. 

 

So. To surmise. The moral of this Aesop’s fable is…..

 

1) If you like music, keep buying it however you choose to consume it. Preferably from somewhere that will benefit from your hard-earned dosh. 

2) Keep going to see the artists you like regardless of whether you’ve been told to or not. Preferably from a venue that has great bookers and cares about who it puts on.

3) If you can’t find any music you want to buy or bands you want to see then pick up a guitar or a laptop and start making it yourself. 

 

Good luck.

 

xxx

Gigs of the Year 2012 (and a new song for y’all…)

Another list coming at’cha…..drum roll please…….

 

1) Wild Beasts – ATP Camber Sands

 

An incredible performance. The album ‘Smother’ in full, plus a few other choice cuts. I was on my stag do. Very tipsy. Questionably dressed. Best man/TBOTB geetarist David claimed it was ‘the best gig he’d ever seen’. I’m tempted to agree.

 

2) Eric Pulido & Friends – The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell

 

A secret gig in a tiny London pub that featured Jason Lytle of Grandaddy (covering Neil Young, no less…), John Grant, half of Midlake and Ed Harcourt. Probably only about 50 people there and felt like watching some mates play in a living room. Some mates though…

 

3) Olafur Arnalds/Nils Frahm/Winged Victory For The Sullen – Hackney Empire

 

A beautiful evening in a beautiful venue. WVFTS were incredible. I’ve seen Olafur a few times now and he’s always an utter joy to watch and Nils (down to 9 working fingers…) had the entire place spellbound. Also they were all very amusing between songs. Which was nice.

 

4) Sigur Ros – Laugardalshöll Arena, Iceland Airwaves

 

Every show at Airwaves this year could probably go on the list but this really was special. An absolutely amazing performance with visuals to match. Even after the hour-long drone that preceded them which seemed to annoy a few peeps (I quite enjoyed it….)

 

5) Asgeir Trausti – KEX Hostel, Iceland Airwaves

 

I knew nothing about this lad before we went to see him so he’s discovery of the year for me. The excellent taste of my ladyfriend guided us his way as he’d been called the ‘Icelandic Bon Iver’. There were certainly similarities but also touches of Jeff Buckley and some lovely instrumentation. I predict big things for this lad and he’s only 20. Bastard.

 

6) The National – ATP Camber Sands

 

At the very end of an emotionally draining stag that probably should have seen me hospitalised at the very least….one of my favourite ever bands playing everything you’d ever want to hear them do for 2 hours. Including an unplugged ‘…Crybaby Geeks’ which by that point I actually was…

 

7) Bon Iver – Latitude Festival

 

The last time I saw Mr Vernon at Glasto he just had a coupla folks backing him and an acoustic guitar. This time he had a ten piece band, an expansive stage set-up and a sawnky, fancy light show. Both times he was no less than brilliant. The man certainly has skills.

 

8) Efterklang/John Grant – Brighton Dome

 

Efterklang playing this years ace ‘Piramida’ album in full with an orchestra. Peter Broderick played with them. They were supported by one of my favourite ever artists who debuted some fantastic new songs. In one of my favourite ever venues. What’s not to like?

 

9) Dirty Projectors – Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland Airwaves

 

Bjork was wandering around whilst these were playing (we’d seen her watching Purity Ring earlier on. Wearing a puffa jacket and a veil. As you do…) and she has splendid taste. Very very very good indeed….even if aforementioned TBOTB six-stringer Dave missed it due to too much vodka consumed from a mouthwash bottle….

 

10) Field Music – Electric Ballroom

 

Infuriatingly talented, those Brewis brothers. They played for nigh on 2 hours, swapping instruments, changing song structures and even threw in a few Week That Was numbers too which sounded fantastiche. Hadn’t been to the venue before either and rather liked it n’all….

 

11) Josh T Pearson – Latitude

 

Magnificent beard. Magnificent hat. Magnificent guitarist. Magnificent man. Had the audience in the palm of his hand. Also had a mean line in blue jokes. Brilliant.

 

12) Lianne La Havas – Great Escape

 

Quite a surprise for me to be honest. I’d heard a couple of her songs and they sort of passed me by a little as standard pop stuff. What a fool I am. She was incredible….especially when performing solo. Definitely want this album as soon as poss. She seemed genuinely happy to be there as well which is a welcome change from some of the usual dour indie nonsense I generally see. Like when we play.

 

13) Kerbdog – The Garage, London

Hundred Reasons/Hell is for Heroes/Cable – Kentish Town Forum, London

Therapy? – The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

 

I’m not generally one who likes to wallow around in nostalgia…it’s pretty rare I listen to stuff from my teens really (except Idlewild obviously….that borders on dangerous obsession) but these 3 gigs were all absolutely amazing. I can definitely see why some people’s music tastes get stuck around 16 years of age as these gigs evoked some lovely memories that I’d almost forgotten. I was accompanied at all these gigs by good friends too and everyone was there to have a right old time. That first little hi-hat count of ‘I’ll Find You’ by HR just does something to me….

 

14) Sharon Van Etten – Latitude Festival

 

I missed her at ATP due to playing the drinking game ‘Leanmaster’ but it was OK as her performance earlier in the year was enough to keep me going for some time it was so good. She really is something else this lass.

 

15) Clock Opera – The Registry, Portsmouth

 

I’ve seen Guy and co a few times now and they’re always entertaining. This gig was late, there were technical problems and the sound wasn’t as clear as some of the times i’d seen them before but it was my favourite performance of theirs. Possibly as I think it was the last night of their tour and they seemed really up for it. Top stuff.

 

 

Honourable mentions also go to Richard Hawley & Lisa Hannigan at The Pyramids, Southsea. A freshly reformed 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster at Concorde 2, Brighton and Elbow creating some of the biggest sing-a-longs going at Latitude….

 

So….what are your gigs of the year? Maybe the one this coming Saturday?

 

http://www.pieandvinyl.co.uk/events/pievinyl-presents-the-official-christmas-party-2012/

 

To get you in the mood here’s a brand new song of ours.

 

https://soundcloud.com/thebofthebang/the-b-of-the-bang-chemikals

 

Merry Xmas everyone!

 

xxx

The greatest video since ‘Thriller’….

Hullo folks

We proudly present the video for our new single ‘Wander (Through the Night)

We hope you like it. A thousand thanks to the supremely talented Joe Watson from http://visionincision.tumblr.com/ for dealing with wet, grimy, uber-DIY conditions and basically making us look better than we are…

See you all soon

TBOTB

xxxxx

 

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.

x

Incestuous Southsea…

Autumns spindly fingers are slowly creeping around us here in the South of England and this chill morn seems like a good time to post. Things are rosy in Camp Bang at the mo – writing more than ever and it looks like we finally might all find the time to get together and record all this new stuff soon. It always seems to be winter for us when we record – I guess we’re a winter band….here are some early demo’s for the forthcoming album:

For the uninitiated I should probs introduce you to a few of our other projects – the reason that organising our gigs and recording is similar in scale to organising the Olympics…

Ready? Deep breath…

I myself (Wit) try and devote most of my time to The B of the Bang but I also have a lovely side project on the go with Dave Of-The-Bang (who I’ve been in bands with half my life) and former Bang-man Mighty Matt E (The Myth). It’s called Analogue Manilow and is much rawer and grungier than TBOTB. This is us:

On top of that, i’m currently recording solo stuff for a film and I also play live with The Dawn Chorus who are recording at the mo:

http://www.thedawnchorus.com/blog/

A few of The Dawn Chorus have their own side project signed to Xtra Mile called The Retrospective Soundtrack Players: Who’s their drummer? Well if it’s not our very own Elliott Gregg! This be them:

http://retrospectivesoundtrackplayers.blogspot.com/

Greggles also does his own DJ/electronic thang that goes by the name of St Robe:

http://soundcloud.com/saintrobe

Keefy Beefy, our bassman, plays with the aforementioned DC and has his own ace solo guise called Tom Fossum:

http://www.myspace.com/tomfossum

He took over from The Ox who plays in a reggae/dub/rock band called Zegema Beach with…..yes you guessed it! Our heroine Roxanne Johns – who also plays and records top-notch solo stuff:

http://www.facebook.com/Zegemabeach

http://www.roxannejohns.co.uk/

Confused yet? You will be. Jack and me used to play in his band Hats are for Heads and he also does remixes under the name of Billy and The Bears. When he’s not organising hostile take-overs.

http://www.myspace.com/hatsareforheads

http://www.myspace.com/billyandthebearsmusic

I think that’s most of it covered…might have missed out one or two bands but it’s so incestuous here in Southsea that it’s hard to keep track. Most of us have something to do with this wee DIY label here so have a peek and, if you’re feeling all communal, like – p’raps buy an album or 2 and keep us all in electricity for another week.

http://jellymaidmusic.com/

To play you out – a cover of one of my favourite artists – the lovely John Grant:

and a new song:

DONE!!!

TTFN
xxxxx

ps tomorrow (Tues 8th November) we’re playing one of our last gigs of the year at The Edge of the Wedge with the excellent Chapman Family. Do come say hi yes?

Southsea Fest

Hoi hoi all

Southsea Fest this year was probably our best gig so far in my opinion…we’ve had the pleasure of being involved in it in some way or another ever since it’s humble beginnings 5 years ago. It never fails to be anything less than a most splendid day. Although, when we played last year we had a monumental technical meltdown with an erroneous bottle of water being sent tumbling (in Matrix-style slo-mo) onto our power supplies just as we stepped on stage, thus shorting out all our amps and fx pedals. Not ideal. I think we slayed (slaid? slew?) them demons good n proper this year, mind…

This year’s fest was a huge event for our wee home town so a round of applause is due for all involved. 150 odd bands and 15 venues involved with some of the most exciting up and coming artists around – Clock Opera at the Wedge were outstanding as was Fionn Regan in the splendour of The Kings Theatre. Gutted I missed Dry the River and couldn’t get in to our Dawn Chorus/RSP pal Kyle D Evans solo set but had a great night all round nevertheless. For some reason or another we started on rounds of Port in the evening. Odd. But pleasant.

Anyway – here’s some footage of us, also in the lovely setting of The Kings Theatre, playing ‘Film Noir’ & ‘Reykjavik 101’…see you at next years fest eh?

Next step. BACK IN TO THE RECORDING STUDIO. FINALLY.