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.
A very young fan drew this definitive picture of us recently:
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.)
Forget the other shred videos, this is the funniest:
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.
Here are some more photos from our recent Golden Fleece gig. Our thanks to photographer Rob Wolf. (Mick and Ed’s different coloured shirts in different photos are because some of these photos are from the sound check).
If you’ve been here before you will have noticed we have now had a proper logo done. We love it! It was done by Sam Hayles, whose company is called Doseprod (Facebook page here).
It wasn’t easy deciding who to go with as there are a lot of great graphic designers out there with impressive artwork, but Sam’s work just had something about it that seemed right for us. Even though he mostly does artwork for angry and gloomy bands I thought he would have a good feel for something that was a bit more classic rock, and thankfully I was right. It gets the balance between old and modern right, it doesn’t look dated now and it won’t look dated in 10 years (I think — and please forgive me for gushing about our own logo, but it is a great experience to work with a talented collaborator who produces the right stuff for you — and I think Sam will eventually be recognized as one of the great rock graphic designers).
I’ll miss the old artwork and design which I really liked, as did many others — Aurovine, for example, held up our Aurovine page, which had the same look, as an exemplar of good design (even though the artwork there is a bit big for the resolution, and we couldn’t get our old background tile to work with it). But not everyone liked it, and we wanted an actual logo rather than just a font, and also we wanted something that made us look a bit more like a rock band, ‘cos that’s what we are. But I’m going to keep the Aurovine page as it was for a while as a reminder. Our Facebook and Bandcamp pages have been changed, though.
Sam has also done smaller versions of the logo for when that is suitable, which those who interested can see on our Pix/Logos/Press page.
P.S. The metallic background wasn’t done by Sam, that’s just a stock image which might get changed if something else turns up that fits better with the logo.
Update: I should also say thanks to all the people who suggested graphic designers for us to check out.
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.