I can’t remember how long ago it was when Laura Theis and I first started talking about recording an album together.  The basic idea was that we would record a little over half of the tracks with a stripped down band in a studio, and then I would layer in all the rest of the stuff afterwards.  That’s generally how I work best, tweaking tracks in small chunks over a long period of time, while working on several projects at once.  But it does mean it takes a long long time to complete.  It’s probably been about 3 years.  But I’m really happy with the result, and I think/hope Laura is too. Continue reading


Track 2, and the title track, of Badass Snow White.  Laura talked about always being frustrated when growing up with how lame and passive and annoying the heroines in fairy tales were.  Best encapsulated, perhaps, by the lyrics ‘I’m fed up of lying here in this glass coffin / Always hoping that some prince is gonna come / For when he does I doubt that he’ll be charming / Kissing dead girls is a hobby I find alarming…’

Hopefully this song goes some way to redressing the balance.

No magical mirrors on the wall were smashed in the making of this rhythm track.  Or, at least, were smashed by me.


Track number 2 from the Reverenzas EP ‘How We Roll’.  A tale of religious devotion, maternal love and eaten offspring.  Far away on a lighthouse on the Eddystone Rocks.  I understand it’s based on a true story.

This song has that unmistakeable feel to me of Music Hall song.

Jamie Huddlestone, who plays melodeon on this track, used to entertain us in rehearsals with tales of how he’d heard people sing this at sessions by dragging out the line “oh for the life on the roooooooooooooooooo…lling sea” for as long as they possibly could.  After which he would politely applaud.  And then punch them in the face.

Don’t make fun of mermaids, kids.

Randall Monroe, author of xkcd, What If? and Thing Explainer, came to Oxford last weekend to talk about his books, and the logistics of devoting a sizeable portion of your living space to creating a ball pit.

I videoed a little bit of it.

And probably shouldn’t have, because the video is shit.  But there we go.  For some reason I thought I could use some basic audio effects like speech enhancement in YouTube.  But if you can, I don’t know how to do it.

Anyway, the talk was brilliant, and Mr Monroe seems like a genuinely lovely guy.  And the video was only really for me to show off that I was there. Continue reading