This is one of the best modern prog songs I’ve heard in years. There’s a real Gentle Giant influence there (as well as Dream Theatre). Plus it has muppets, so it can’t get any better.
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.
Here’s Morrissey singing some of the lines from his new autobiography.
(Some say it’s not actually Morrissey in this video, but I don’t believe that.)
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.
Tom Beardsworth, an old friend of the band, has gone to live in God’s own country and has joined an indie-pop band called Number Station, who are making waves on the local scene there. Here’s a video they did for their single ‘Hold On’.
Good to see Ken Shabby getting some work, he hasn’t had much come in since that Python sketch.
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.
Here are some more photos from our recent Maze gig:
Here’s the new drum kit that our drummer Ed will be using at his next gig. We were hoping that it would be a world first, but unfortunately this guy Weerachat Premananda Jr has pinched our idea and got in first: