Saturday, 29 December 2012
I was at this gig. Loved it. Great chords :)
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Friday, 21 December 2012
Sunday, 16 December 2012
I had a lot of fun playing the guitar on this song by Cosmograf. It features Greg Spawton and Nick DVirgilio-Official Fanpage from Big Big Train:). Robin (mr Cosomograf) sent me the track and I just overdubbed the guitar at home. It was just a case of improvising the solo and the melody over those chords. I think it came out pretty well and I wish Robin all the best with new record, he's a top bloke.
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Friday, 30 November 2012
More reasons to like Stewart Lee....
There is a great bit in Stewart Lee's book How I Escaped My Certain Fate about Derek Bailey. It's this story about DB repeating accidents and how it shaped SL's attitude to improvisation. Well worth a read.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
And my son has a new hat :)
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Gonna try and post some of the stuff that is inspiring us while we make Fierce And The Dead II. Here is something :) Belew :)
Saturday, 24 November 2012
Slint or Mogwai or Tortoise or Godspeed are the most often called upon examples. Well although I do like some of those bands it's not something i listen to a lot or is a real influence.
What we do is more what happens when you mix King Crimson and Husker Du and The Smiths and loads of other stuff from the Mahavishnu to Carcass to Nick Drake to Portishead. It's all in there, it just comes out as this stuff.
One review of the first Fierce And The Dead record said we'd ripped off loads of Post Rock bands I'd never even heard of, which i must admit is frustrating. I dare say they came from the source we did.
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
You know i was telling you about doing a few special gig? This is at the Unicorn in Camden - The legend that is Twang "After a meeting in a car park at Midnight, both wearing trench coats and using code words like, 'The Aardvark's head
So see you there ;-) Feel free to quote the 'Password' on entry. :-)"
About the gig -
Monday, 27 August 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Saturday, 21 July 2012
I did a little tour, accompanied by my friend Kev from The Fierce And The Dead on driving duties:
Friday, 22 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Kev Feazey directed it, we wore masks. Scary masks.
Can't wait to play you the rest of it, I'm really proud of this stuff.
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Sunday, 4 March 2012
This is a comment on a blog post in the Independent about how rubbish royalties are on Spotify.
Sadly most bands don't make a lot from touring, especially at the 100-400 people at a gig point. If you earn £1000 a night but hotel rooms for 6 people and the van (plus advertising, etc etc) are £1200 you have still lost money. Production costs can be high. Most bands need to sell merch to survive.
Another comment on the same blog:
"oh yeah cuz spotify is how musicians make there money! they can all shut up and stop whining the greedy morons, there absolutely minted in the millions and they complain there not gettin paid enough by a website? new talent will have no problem for the new generation."
Blimey. Thanks for that. Most musicians are really having a hard time at the moment. Another one:
"What are you talking about. Yes they have all those costs to cover, however if a musician is signed to a record label, the label will cover all those costs anyway. Also don't you realize those costs are what they are BECAUSE of the amount the artists are paid?"
Yup people really are that naive that they think record labels cover the costs if you are signed to one. Signing to a record label doesn't make you wealthy, quite often the opposite!
What we need to do is educate the public. Labels rarely pay advances these days (apart from very rare majors) - its just not what happens anymore.
My music is available on Bandcamp, pay what you want. If you choose to pay for it I will be able to afford to make records, if you don't I won't. This is the reality for musicians these days:
I've been very lucky to have the support of an amazing online audience, most people don't have that.
Thank you for all your support.
Friday, 2 March 2012
He is probably best known for playing in Jellyfish but it is his 2 solo albums from the 90s (Author Unknown and Can You Still Feel?) that i like best. Check out the chords.
This is from his latest album:
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Sunday, 12 February 2012
I think this EP takes our music in a really new direction while continuing what we did on our album. I'm really excited about it. It is the first recording to feature our new second guitar player Steve Cleaton and this gave us the chance to do so much with multiple guitar parts, a bit like real time loops. I really like the idea of two guitars playing in multiple time signatures - one in 6, on in 4 etc
Your support buying the music allows us to keep on doing this. The initial CD run features 2 exclusive remixes :)
Friday, 10 February 2012
Sunday, 5 February 2012
We played at the Shhhh Festival last night/afternoon in Bethnal Green. Was fun and odd to present The Fierce And The Dead in an acoustic context, I'm not sure it felt 100% to me but people seemed to like it. Its normally a lot noisier. The new stuff worked well thou. Our 6/8 and 4/4 new song went better than expected.
We recorded a version of The Wait for The Local video channel, just me and Steve in a room with 2 acoustic guitars, a full on brightly lit TV studio type thing. No room for error but it seemed to go OK. Lots of interesting music. I really enjoyed Stranded Horse, interesting and inspiring folk Kora stuff. Unfortunately I was so tired I fell asleep at the front of the gig during his set. Bugger. He was really good and it wasn't a reflection on his music, I was just really tired.
Saturday, 4 February 2012
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Friday, 27 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Saturday, 14 January 2012
So after the gigs this year I'm going to stop playing gigs with the solo stuff apart from the odd "special" - perhaps a few days of gigs a year or the odd festival, perhaps some gigs in the US or Europe.
I'm really looking forward to the gigs I have already booked :)
Being gig ready takes constant practice of the solo routine and at the moment I don't have time to do this and do The Fierce And The Dead as well. I love playing with the Fierce And The Dead and I really don't want to give that up.
One thing I really want to do is do a live DVD of my solo acoustic set. We'll see. I really hope we can do that perhaps via Pledge music to fund it. Good idea?
There are a few more gigs coming up this year to finish things off, announcements soon.
Thanks for all your support.
Friday, 6 January 2012
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
I'm loving this St Vincent record. Sounds new.
The level of success my work has seen in the last couple of years seems to me incredible, considering that its not easy music to love. Far beyond any expectation I had. Mission accomplished, it helps to have realistic dreams. When i was 20 i would have loved to be in a band that sold hundreds of thousands, but not now. A small audience and some decent gigs and press. Done. I know that sales of a few thousand are very little to the general music industry but to me these are huge numbers. I am grateful to the audience but slightly worried about the level of expectation.
To move forward the music must change, evolve.
More demos to make.
Monday, 2 January 2012
I need to think of new ways of working, to keep things fresh.
You can never go back to Narnia the same way twice. To create something new I think it's essential to change your working methods.
First 2 Fierce And The Dead songs written, awaiting the process of collaboration and filtering that Marshall/Feazey and Cleaton will apply to them when they are worked through in the rehearsal room.