Bloodguard on tour

Our drummer Ed is on tour next week with one of his other bands Bloodguard. When I asked Ed to describe them he said it was difficult, “But maybe melodic death metal… with ‘melodic’ being a relative term!”. They’re playing with Awakening Sun. The tour concludes with a Nottingham gig at The Salutation Inn, which unfortunately I won’t be able to make as I’m going to see our bass player Mick’s other band Red Bazar play at the Classic Rock Society.

More details on Bloodguard’s Facebook page.

Golden Fleece gig report

Great gig at The Golden Fleece on Thursday. Lots of enthusiastic applause from people who didn’t know us from Adam, and surprised shouts of ‘It’s prog!’, and ‘More prog!’. One impressed guy who came to talk to us afterwards said he that he had been walking past the venue on the footpath and heard us and just had to come in and watch. So it was a great night, well, except that I was a bit invisible because of the small stage, I felt like one of those hidden musicians that so many big-name bands use these days. Ellie joked to the audience that I was in the ‘Tony Banks Relegation Zone’. It was quite amusing to see that everyone who walked to a position where they could see me gave a big grin as if to say ‘Ah, that’s where those keyboard sounds are coming from’.

We had a nice support band, The Silhouettes from Derby, young guys who played indie with a ska influence. They had a really good drummer, who Ellie our lead singer was very taken by, mind you I thought he looked about 8 years old which made his performance even more impressive. (We missed the earlier acoustic acts as we had to go get some food after the sound-check).

We also finally got to meet the Nottingham legend that is Will Robinson, founder of I’m Not From London (promoters and record company), who seemed a very affable and unassuming guy. Mick our bass player commented that he wasn’t at all like your usual loud-mouthed, cigar-smoking promoter, but in my experience Nottingham promoters are generally all low-key, genuine people, and nothing like the usual stereotype.

Anyway, thanks to all who turned up, to Mick and Ed our rhythm section for playing brilliantly again, the sound guy because he was doing a good job (although a broken monitor meant that I couldn’t hear Ellie’s vocals), and Will Robinson and The Golden Fleece for having us on.

Coralspin at The Golden Fleece, Sep 2013

YYZ Neil Peart animation now in HD

Some of you will have seen the brilliant animated version of Neil Peart playing drums to YYZ from a few years back. Now the animator has done an HD version. If you’ve never seen this before, or even if you have, watch it in HD, it’s even more mesmerizing than before.

BTW I checked with the animator, Bobby Standridge, and he gave us the go-ahead to upload this video to YouTube. If you want a real treat, go to his website and download the full-quality animation, where you can see it top quality in full-size.