It’s been a busy couple of months, so let’s take it in reverse order. First up:
MONSTER FOOD is out, complete with fab video.
It’s a mishmash jigsaw of old news footage, out-of-copyright films and other bits and pieces. I had a lot of fun picking out what to put in – shots used include Sibelius playing the piano, a couple of clips from George Melies A Trip to the Moon, and shots of the original Smokey the Bear from an old National Parks promo video.
You can buy the song on Bandcamp, stream and buy from Apple or Spotify, listen to it on Soundcloud, or check your favoured streaming site and it should be there. For all the links – and for the lyrics, if you want to check what any of them are – click here.
BBC Tees Introducing session
After Monster Food made Track of the Week at BBC Tees Introducing, Bob Fischer asked me on to the show to play a couple of songs live, so I took my trusty guitar along and had a bit of a wail into the microphones. I also aired some strong opinions on biscuits and had a short discussion about the Bane of My Life that is stage fright. I think the show itself isn’t on BBC iPlayer anymore, unfortunately, but here’s as link to the Facebook live video of the second song (So Long, which is coming out soon): https://www.facebook.com/bbcteesintroducing/videos/1640301222942151/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE
And here’s a nice photo taken by the team at the station. Uncropped, because I am low on editing tools right now:
I played my first gig at the Green Room in Stockton, for Mill Lane Management’s Venue Week showcase. Terrifying (see aforementioned stagefright), but I was lucky to be playing with the Bad Suits, Andy Jones, and Freeman – all of who were very kind, very welcoming, and walked me through my first soundcheck, gave tips after the gig and generally said nice things. It was a great evening. I cannot find a photo anywhere.
A couple of weeks later, I headlined Soapbox Sessions at the Hole in the Wall – way more intimate venue, in a pub, with a smaller crowd but no less lovely.(Double thanks to the people who came along to both gigs! Chris Helme was playing elsewhere in town, so a few people wandered in after that. Again, a nice evening and resulted in my first bonafide fan (shout-out to James!). Massive thanks to Marcus from Mill Lane Management and Dave from Tracks for asking me to play.
I’m back to writing and open-mic-ing for a while. Recording new work with Rob at the moment – a song that is unlikely to be released as any kind of single, and may just sign off an EP in future. So Long is due out in the near future – it’s had a couple of plays in its recorded form on BBC Tees. I’m working on a video in an attempt to get the song release and video out at around the same time! If you want something incredibly rough – a one-take, first-take reference thing, while I work on the piano part that’s going round it, head over to soundcloud and listen to me shriek some doomsday folk with some uncertainty (at least in parts).