The dead hand of government is in action again, with some new VAT legislation from the EU (involving VATMOSS), which threatens to make life very difficult for the many musicians and artists who sell products digitally from their website. There’s a petition here to try to stop this new legislation.
It looks like even selling only via third-party websites like Bandcamp will not solve the problem.
Pity this guy disappeared from the music industry:
The Classic Rock Society have had to cancel the PB2/Cloud Atlas gig this Saturday that we were doing support for. Have only just heard. Obviously this is a real disappointment for us as we had been working hard on putting together a brilliant set. There may be another CRS slot next year though.
Apologies to anyone who has bought tickets, I expect you’ll be able to get your money back from the CRS. I’ll also send anyone in that position a free ‘Honey and Lava’ CD, just e-mail us.
Our drummer Ed also plays in a hardcore prog metal band called Taken by the Tide. They’ve got the first track on Metal Hammer’s cover CD this month. They’re on tour next week (the last week of August), so if you’re into the heavier side of things go check them out. They’re playing Manchester, Nottingham, Basingstoke, Swansea, Bristol, Belper and Brighton.
Check out their Facebook page for tour dates.
How is it that these things have come together? I’m a massive fan of satirical musical genius Rob J. Madin (creator of YouTube sensation Brett Domino). And then he goes and does a cover of a Genesis song from Selling England By The Pound. It’s ‘More Fool Me’, admittedly not a very proggy song, but still, what a combo.
As one of the commentators notes, the production is done in such a way that you can really hear that it’s a Phil Collins song.
Yes, there really were bands and videos like this in the late 70′s.
Here’s where things are at the moment. We’ve recorded all the drum tracks for our second album, and also all the bass tracks. That all went really well. Recording the drums in good acoustic spaces meant they came out much better than the home recorded drums on our first album (which did end up sounding good, but that required a lot of work). Jake has recorded the majority of the guitar tracks as well. We’ve got going with the editing and mixing, but there’s a lot to do (and I’m rather fussy about taking the time to get it sounding right). Also, the keyboard parts still have to be done (and as I don’t just slap down a bit of basic organ that’s also time-consuming). And of course the glorious vocals still need to change their status from currently non-existent to existent.
Also, at the moment all that has stalled because real-life is getting in the way for me, but come mid-April things will get going again. In the meantime Mick is getting on with doing the next Red Bazar album, Ed is busy playing with his metal bands, and Jake is busy finishing the guitar parts and telling me to hurry up and get on with the album. Ellie also has real life getting in the way, so she’s not harrassing me to get on with it.
We do have one song almost finished, apart from the vocals, and it sounds awesome!
There’s also some exciting news on the horizon for live prog in Nottingham, but I have to keep the details of that under my hat for a little longer.