Bedford Esquires with Gaz Brookfield
What a night!
The day started with a brake caliper seizing on my car. I arrived into work with smoke billowing out from the wheel arch... I managed to drag it over to a local garage after work and blag a lift back to Bedford where I grabbed my guitar and headed to the pub. I met Gaz outside a pub by the river just in time to steal the last few hours of sun before we headed to the gig.
I haven't played at Esquires since I was about 16, in a pop punk band with some mates from school. I'm pleased to say that it hasn't changed much! A new carpet and a lick of paint in the green room but the stage is still as sticky, the sound still the best around, and a great night had by all. Gaz's set was awesome, great to see him do a full show and I look forward to the next time I get to share a stage with him.
It was great to see lots of old faces and some new ones, it gave me the kick up the arse I need at the minute. To those of you who joined the mailing list, I will be in touch very soon. The first single will be finished by Easter and released shortly after. I will send you your free copy along with a list of shows!
Until then it's back to work, but at least it's Friday!
The Canny Fringe Festival - Newcastle
Just finished the long drive back from Newcastle. I want to say a massive thank you to Jay Landman who invited me to come up and play at The Canny Fringe Festival. Held at the Northumbria Student Union, it was a pleasure to join a huge list of artists for a great day of live music. Jay is a student and has taken the 'live music' society and made it into something worth talking about. Running a two day event with multiple stages, and he did a great job. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!
I played some brand new songs and they seemed to work ok with just an acoustic guitar which was nice. The band will be hitting the road very soon but I plan to keep doing acoustic shows in between and I hope to be able to bring the same material to both.
Also on the bill was the always lovely Gaz Brookfield. He's nearing the end of his latest UK tour and it was great to catch up and see some of his new album first hand. I will be supporting Gaz later this week at Bedford Esquires - Thursday 9th March. After seeing his short festival set I can't wait to watch a full show. I know it's a Thursday but I really think it's gunna be a good one!
See you there.
We're getting close...
First of all thank you to all the guys who came out last weekend. We played MK11 in Milton Keynes on Saturday with the amazing Wah Wah Club. For a cold January night, the week before payday it was a great suprise to see so many people out and about. Then on Sunday I went and played at Molly Malones in Hitchin for Rowan Patel's new acoustic night, which was lovely and sophisticated. Although I am playing with a band now I'm still going to be doing some acoustic shows here and there and it was nice to try out some acoustic versions of the new tunes.
Thank you especially to all the people who signed up to our mailing list over the weekend! We are going to be pushing the mailing list as much as we can and in return you guys will receive free downloads of all our stuff (as soon as we get them finished). We're going to try and create a private area on the website for mailing list members where you can get your hands on a load of exclusive content. While we get it sorted, get yourselves on the list so you're ready. We won't be sending out streams of pointless emails, we will only send you one if we have something to give/show you.
So, the new songs... Well the good news is the first two are getting really close. I have been spending my evenings mixing them until the early hours of the morning and I think we are nearly there. Those on the mailing list, I will email you when the first is ready to go! We are going to put out two singles and then we have four brand new tracks which will be released later in the year as a 4-track EP.
We are also going to be shooting some videos. Music videos for the tracks and then some live recording stuff... but one step at a time ey?
Keep your eyes peels, not long now!
MK11 - Milton Keynes - 21st Jan
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, now it's time to get things moving. We have been spending time in the studio putting things together and we are getting closer and closer every week. As soon as the first song is ready to go we will put it out for you. At the minute it looks like we will release two singles, and then a four track EP later in the year.
We played with Kev Maher over Christmas at Club 85, photos have arrived and it looks like people had a good night.
Next Saturday we are heading to MK11, Kiln Farm in Milton Keynes. We will be playing with Wah Wah Club who are releasing a new single. It should be a great night, come on down.
After that we are back to the studio to get this stuff ready to go. Not long now, I promise!
Happy new year everyone!
Here is a little taster of what we've been working on in the studio, and also an excuse for me to try and get to grips with video editing!
More to come very soon, keep your eyes peeled, and make sure that you have 'liked' my facebook page.
I hope the hangover isn't too bad.
Another year almost over, a relatively uneventful one from me. Behind the scenes however, we have been putting together the next phase. We have six new songs written and partly recorded. We will be releasing a single or two and then an EP a bit later in the year.
Thank you to everyone who came down to Club 85 on Friday, we had a great night. It was the first time we have played most of those songs and they went off without any major dramas. The band hit the ground running and we had a great show. We have a bit of work left to do but we will be booking up some more shows as we move into 2017.
If you want to be sure not to miss anything as we get things moving forward, you can ‘like’ the Facebook page, ‘follow’ the twitter, and all the other business. We are in the process of setting up a mailing list which I will tell you all about as soon as it is ready.
This website will be the base though, all new information will be on here, as well as a definitive list of upcoming shows – starting with MK11 on the 21st Jan!
We hope you have had a lovely Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
Club 85, Hitchin - Friday 23rd Dec
This Friday - 23rd Dec - 19:30
Me and my band will be heading back to Club 85 in Hitchin. We've just finished rehearsals and we are ready to present a whole set of new songs.
We still have a bit of work to do in the studio before we can release them to you but you can come and have a sneak peak on Friday.
We will be playing alongside Jordan Bradley, and The Scalleywags.
Sure to be a good night, can't wait to get this show back on the road.
New Website, New Band, New Year
As you can see it has been over a year since I last updated this website. It has been a strange year. The 4th album has been delayed and then scrapped multiple times as I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do.
In January I decided to put together a full time, permanent band for my music. This came about after finding a drummer and realising it could actually be possible. Since then we have been in the rehearsal room writing, rehearsing, and trying to figure out how things are going to come together. I believe we are nearly there, with just a few minor creases to iron out. We have a selection of songs that are written, partly recorded, but pretty much ready to go. `The plan is now to finish those off over the next few months and have something to release to you in the new year. This will of course be accompanied by a stretch of shows, and we can't wait to get out and play for you!
In fact, we have a show at Club 85 in Hitchin on Friday 23rd Dec 2016. We will be playing all of our new songs and a couple of the old ones.
I'm sorry for being quiet for so long but hopefully things will get back on track in January.
As ever, I'll keep you posted
See you at 85!