Blake to become a full-time muso

Big changes are afoot here at Coralspin. I’ve decided to quit my job as an academic to become a full-time musician/composer/writer. The idea is that this will open up a lot more time to spend on Coralspin. That’s the theory, anyway. Whether that happens in practise is another matter, because I’ll be taking on a few projects to earn some money.

But hopefully before too long I can get back to finishing our second album, a fair bit of which is already in the can.

We also want to get playing live again, although the album is the bigger priority at the moment, and anyway the drummer we were using, the amazing Ed Gorrod, has moved to London to become a professional drummer, so we need to find another sticksman before we can do that.

So look out for Coralspin to be back on your radar some time in 2017.

CRS gig cancelled

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.

March 2014 status report

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.

Coralspin gig at The Golden Fleece, Dec 15 2013

We’re playing at The Golden Fleece in Nottingham on Sun Dec 15, 2013, in a gig run by Farmyard. More details to come when we know them.

The address is 105 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FN.

Update: Also on the bill are Joyride and Deathray, and Crimson General. We’ll be on about 9:45pm, although (as ever) this is not set in stone.

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Red Bazar playing at the Classic Rock Society

Our bassist Mick’s other band Red Bazar will be playing at the Classic Rock Society on Sat 30 Nov, 2013, supporting Alan Reed. I will hopefully be there attempting to confuse Mick by shouting out instructions for operating Soviet-era washing machines while he plays.

It would have been our slot except that our drummer Ed will be touring the country at that time drinking the blood of slaughtered virgins, or whatever it is that he does with his other band Bloodguard when they’re on tour. But if all goes well we will be playing the CRS sometime in 2014 instead.