It’s Monday 23rd of August, and that means that Seven Songs is out now for your listening enjoyment. When I listen to it, I realise that it isn’t perfect (it was never recorded to be perfet), but as a set of songs, I think they are my strongest. Hell, when I play a gig these days, the setlist follows a similar sequence as the new CD, albeit with a couple older songs thrown in at the end.
It is for sale with a sliding scale of £2 upwards (CD will be a fiver), and for that you get the Seven Songs plus a ten page liner booklet (comes as a pdf in the download package). The liner book has full lyrics and notes about the songs and many, many photographs. I’d say it looks quite nice.
And of course, feel free to pass this around if you think your friends may like it.
The gig in Tonic the other night was pretty good fun, a small audience was left by the time I got up to play. This was good because of the insanely loud backchatter in the pub during all the previous acts – normally I’d try and not play last at an acoustic night in a pub and just get it over with, but this time I reasoned that it would be a more direct audience by the end. This paid off I felt. I played most of the new EP and then a couple of older songs to finish the night, and generally had a good laugh.
The new EP is coming out on Monday through BandCamp, with a shifting price of £2 upwards. For your cash, you will get a digital copy of the EP and a 10 page liner notes and lyrics booklet. Not bad I think. Oh, and the front cover looks like this:
To further entice you in to getting a copy of this EP (some folk I really respect have said it’s the best thing I’ve done, which is strange as I thought they prefered stuff with the band), I’ve put the track called “The Replacement” up for download. If you like the track, please can you send it around to people as well, or put a link to the download on twitter/facebook etc? I’d be forever grateful
And finally, I will be playing a solo gig in Glasgow on the 8th of September at MacSorelys, and using this as a kind of ‘launch gig’ for the EP. I’ll have copies on CD for sale, more than likely for a fiver so I can pay for my bus down. I haven’t done a truly solo gig in Glasgow for absolutely ages, so I’ve got a bit of fear about it. Hopefully some familiar faces come along and we can have a wee drink, some chat, and a good old time.
It’s all very quiet here at the moment, waiting on a few confirmations of things coming through for the end of the year. The band and I were going to be going in to a studio in September to record a new CD, but due to work, I’ll be spending most of that month in Germany. I’m not sure when we’ll get the record out, perhaps February?
Until then, I’m putting together a wee EP of the lo-fi demo’s I have done for the album. Again, I don’t know when I’ll be putting this out, but it’ll be before the end of September I’m sure. I’ll also try and do a solo launch gig for it in Glasgow around the time. It’s sounding very nice, but not in a quality, pristine type way. I’ll say more about it next time.
On the gig front, the only confirmed gig I have at the moment is Sunday 15th August at Tonic on the Perth Road in Dundee. It’s a free entry gig that kicks off at 9pm. If you are in Dundee, please come along.