Hi, it’s been a while hasn’t it? What you been up to? New hair? Looks good. What have we been up to you ask? Well, I’m glad you did.
We’ve been working hard on our long awaited live album. We had the final session for a while tonight while drummer extraordinaire Ross “no jabs” Welsh goes off to Cambodia. We’ve got all the sessions recorded though and now we can work on it while he’s away. We should be releasing in early September after he gets back. Can’t wait.
We hope you’ll all love the songs as much as we do. More info to come in the next few weeks. All those people who pre-ordered a copy don’t worry. We got your back. Keep an eye out for the postman, it won’t be long.
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We did an interview with Doug & Tom for the Music Manumit podcast recently. You can hear the results by following this link. We talk about the new album, the recording process and much more random stuff. Enjoy!
Hello folks and a Happy New Year! As many of you will know we’re currently working away on our live album and I thought it was about time to share a quick update with you all. Unfortunately we were delayed over Christmas because I (Dan) got a bad chest infection and was out of action for 2 weeks. We had planned to get a head start with the extra time off but never mind. We’ve been on the case since New Year and we’re not letting it set us back too much.
It’s been an interesting process so far, with lots of technical stuff to work out and refine. Not to mention practising loads and getting the performances in shape which is a separate challenge in itself. Recording live is difficult because there are no second chances. No opportunity to go back and fix things later as you would normally with an album. You can do some things of course but you’re really limited by the quality of the original recording. It’s also a technical challenge because we need to isolate the different instruments enough to make them useful in the mix but also be able to hear each other properly while playing. This is why in most studios you have different recording rooms for each musician. Isolated and then monitored with headphones. Unfortunately we don’t have that luxury but we’ve found creative ways to solve some of these problems.
Gary is a bit of a wizard at these things and we sometimes jokingly call him “McGary” for his inventions. A hat tip to MacGuyver of course. Check out this solution to sound bleed on the vocal mic for example.
A cardboard pizza box cut and fitted over the mic stand.
Then a coat draped over it to offer some isolation.
You’d be amazed how well this works and the early recordings we’ve got have a great sound I think. Raw in many good ways but also clear and crisp in others. The Zoom R16 is working well for our purpose and we’re all very happy with it. Recording straight to SD card is very useful.
The story so far has been one of effort with little to show for it. But we have some good takes of a couple of the tracks and we are improving all the time. We all knew it was going to be a challenge and now we’re seeing quite how much. Progress is being made though and we’re anxious to share the songs with the world. It’s gonna take time but we’re sticking at it and we’ll keep you up to date as we go.
Hello folks, I trust you’re all well? It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted the launch of our 20lb Kickstarter endeavour. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for your amazing support! We passed our original £250 target very quickly and as of this writing we’re up to £545. We can’t believe it. They may sound like modest sums but it really will allow us to make this album. The money will be spent on a digital multi-track recorder, microphones and other essentials. Knowing people want to hear the recordings is even more valuable.
I’ve been wracking my brain (it doesn’t take that long) to think of a way to make these pre-ordered albums different and special. We’ll be signing the physical copies and sending letters with them, but I wanted another way to make the pre-orders instantly distinguishable from normal copies. I starting thinking about cereal… I might have missed breakfast… yes, send a box of cereal with each album, that was it! Turns out that’s not a brilliant plan, after more thought I decided unique serial numbers for each pre-order would be best.
So here’s the grand idea. Use the order people pledged on Kickstarter to make unique serial numbers. That way we can say thank you to people, there’s a reason to pre-order the album, and who knows perhaps one day if we’re really lucky it’ll be collectable. Time will tell on that one. You could call it a limited edition version though I suppose. Perhaps we’ll have some different art work too.
So a big thank you if you’ve supported our enterprise already, and if you’d like a limited edition there’s still time. £5 for digital copies and £10 for physical. The campaign closes on December the 3rd.
We can’t wait to get cracking with recording over the winter :)
Hello folks, it’s been a while hasn’t it? We trust you’re all well? Good. As you may have guessed from the title of this post we’ve decided to give the Kickstarter thing a bash. For a while now we’ve been working on new material and it’s sounding good in the practice room. So good in fact that we’d like to record that sound and make a live album. The way rock albums should be in our opinion. To do this we need some extra help and that’s where the Kickstarter project comes in.
Watch the video and you’ll see an example of one of our new ditties. We call it “Land Of The Living” and we’re rather proud of it.
This was recorded with only 4 microphones and with a little bit of extra kit we can make it sound even better. If you chip in £5 you’ll get a digital copy of the completed album, for £10 you’ll get a physical copy posted to your very door. If you’re crazy enough to stump up £50 you’ll get your name in the credits and of course all contribution levels include our eternal gratitude.
Please share this with friends if you think the album is a good idea and help us reach our target. We thank you all for your support. We couldn’t do it without you.
This Saturday September 29th the 20lb bandwagon heads North as we hit Barcamp Blackpool. We’ll be playing at the party in Norbreck Castle and turning that place into Castle Donington. There’s so many jokes to be made about Blackpool and rock I’ll let you add your own. Answers on a postcard
The event is free but tickets sold out ages ago, if you have one we’ll see you there. If you don’t, then sorry but we hope you’ll come to another show instead :)
I know, it’s very late notice. We’re terrible aren’t we? Well, tonight Tuesday July 17th Gary and I will play an acoustic set at the open mic night in LEAF Tea Shop on Bold St, Liverpool.
The night starts at 8:30pm and due to the nature of these things I can’t tell you exactly what time we’ll be on. Come down and hang out with us though, it’s always an entertaining night. Lots of great artists.
We’re playing Heebie Jeebies in Seel St again this weekend. It’s a free gig and it kicks off at 3pm. There’s lots of other great acts on and there’ll also be free food. Even a BBQ if the weather is up to it.
Come down and join us from 3pm. It’s gonna be fun :)
Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that after our recent acoustic gigs we’ll be back in full electric mode and turned up to 11 at The Zanzibar on Seel St this Saturday. June 23rd, the doors open at 7:30pm and we’re on stage at 8pm.
Lot’s of other great bands also appearing so stick around for that too. It’s £4 to get in, which is the price of one drink these days. Come along, we’ll make it worth your while :P
There’s a Facebook event you can RSVP to if you’re that way inclined. Please invite friends and help us spread the word. Thanks!
We’re playing a free gig at Heebie Jeebies, Seel St, Liverpool this weekend, Saturday June 16th. It’s presented by Johnny Sands and we’ll be on about 3pm. So get there early if you can. We’ve been making waves lately with these new stripped down versions of the tunes and they’re worth checking out.
Hey! Glad I found you here! Thanks for the follow too.
No problem, thanks for following us. I’m planning to make this our main site now. It’s much easier to manage and post content. Works well on the mobile with the Android app too. I hope we can post much more regularly with new songs, videos, photos and more. It’s going to be exciting.
Very last minute this but we’ll be playing at the LEAF open mic night tonight. Tuesday June 5th. We’re doing a stripped down set of acoustic tunes. It starts at 8:30 but I have no idea when we’ll be on. Come down and join us for a drink. It’s in Bold St, Liverpool.
All are welcome. Will try to post some pics later.
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