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The last full album I recorded under my own name was in 2013. Since then I’ve done plenty of gigs, produced an album for someone else, written a lot of blog and social media posts…
What I haven’t done is release any new music. Which is odd, considering I consider myself primarily a recording artist.
So why not? Well, paying the bills, to be honest. And it takes so long to organise all the other stuff that I tend to try to get it out of the way first, and then do the fun part (recording music) when I have time.
Well, I realised quite a while ago that, realistically, I’ll never have time. Not unless I make time. Continue reading
So, the Isis Farmhouse pub, just south of Oxford city centre, where we’ve been holding the Bastard English Session for years, where my boat-dwelling community would meet when in the depths of flooding, and where H and I got married just a few months ago, is on the market. Continue reading
It was high time, really.
I noticed that one of the designers responsible for this website’s design has quoted on his profile somewhere that he’s motivated by ‘bad memories of MySpace’.
I actually liked MySpace. (In its heydey, at least.) I thought it was great that you could have this information in one place, in a standardised format. And it really didn’t hurt that everyone could customise sites how they wanted: as the quickest of glances at a band’s MySpace page could probably tell you more about them than their music.
Of course, whatever you did it looked ugly as the proverbial fuck, but that was the days before everything had to be clean and shiny.
But everything has to be clean and shiny now, which is a trend that I myself have succumbed to. And I was conflicted about it. Part of me wanted to make a really dirty website. White on black, with strong primary colours and everything in a small Verdana typeface.
I still might, actually, depending on whether all that beauty and that style gets kind of smooth after a while.
But right now, I’m actually very impressed with the beauty and the style of the AudioTheme websites, and I’d highly recommend them to any other musicians who just want something that’s fairly simple to use which can hopefully free them up to make some actual music.
And yeah, it’s a lot better than MySpace.
P.S. For anyone who doesn’t know how MySpace met with such a disastrous end, this is a fascinating read:
Financial Times: The rise and fall of MySpace.
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So, waaaaaay back in April I played a few gigs as part of a celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare being consistently dead. I also recorded a song for an upcoming album. Here is the press releasey stuff from the folks at Autolycus Records:
The Food of Love project album will be officially released December 2016: a collection of songs mentioned or referenced in Shakespeare’s plays, composed during or before the Bard’s lifetime. Featured artists include Stornoway, Dead Rat orchestra, Alastair Roberts, Brickwork Lizards, Flights of Helios and many more.
Track number 3 from the Reverenzas EP How We Roll. Slightly more serious than the last. An unaccompanied (almost) version of an old patriotic song.
Not to be confused, incidentally, with the song by the same name by John Tams (which is actually a better song – if you’ve seen the stage show of War Horse you might recognise it as the song at the beginning). Continue reading
Track number 3 from Badass Snow White. We’ve had race car drivers, dodgy princes with necrophiliac tendencies… and now we someone cursed to be a werewolf whenever the sun shines.
This is the first song on the album that features the full band playing live in the recording studio. (The first two featured some ensemble performing but were mainly constructed ‘in the box’, as the saying goes.)
We also invited an audience of friends to watch, and even to participate, in the form an impromptu werewolf chorus, which you can hear at the end. Bloodcurdling, no? Continue reading