What does it all mean?

I’m currently waiting on the arrival of Chris T-T for soup and bread before heading out to play a gig together in Dundee. The soup smells ace (spicy carrot fact fans). Gig will then kick off around 8pm, and is Free entry at Thomsons Bar.

Last night I finally recorded the third episode of “Something Old, Something New”. Mr Roscoe Vacant asked if I could do “The sinner and the saints” for it, and so I obliged. There’s also a wee snippet of an Evan Greer song, which will all make sense when you hear the EP. The new track is called Despite the Blackout. It’s about why I do this, or rather, why I hate answering that question since it removes the point in doing this. Yeah.

The band and I are playing our next Glasgow gig on Friday at the 13th Note. It’s with the superb Indelicates, and the equally magnificent Anna Madeleine. Both from down south, and all three of us don’t sound the same so there’s something for everyone. What I will say though is that tickets are selling fast, so head here to get yours.

And finally, tour dates are almost complete. Expect an announcement thing somewhere on the more famous parts of the internet soon. Currently sitting at around 2000 miles in a round trip. Ace.

A classic night out

Another tour diary-esque entry for the blog (are people ok with this?)

Really happy with how Thursday turned out for the band. We were supporting Miles Hunt and Erica Knockalls of The Wonder Stuff in Glasgow. A slightly cut-down band from us due to our most famous rock-star member, Kenny Leckie of Carnivores, playing with his band in Paisley instead. It’s not often we get our own dressing room, let alone a dressing room with a case of beer, and even let alone a dressing room that’s bigger than the venue itself (and the headline act’s room!).

Anyways, we loaded in, sound-checked and went for dinner together. This is the part of being in a band I like, being in it as a group/mob/team and going through what is going to happen. We rehearsed a while before show time (including a ditched Springsteen cover and new arrangement of The Sinner and Saints, with some transitions between some songs).

Watched as the room filled up nicely, it wasn’t uber-busy, but enough people to give that lovely applaud sound that bands love to hear.

Decided to play a different set to the one we’ve been doing recently. Added a couple old songs in the form of Paradise (This City) and My Mothers House, and the relatively new (but perhaps never played?) High Fidelity. People seemed to like the set and we all had fun playing it.

After the gig, we hung out with Miles and Erica, drank a lot, were convinced to go with them the next day to act as support again (but due to a few things in the cruel light of morning, this couldn’t happen), and then danced the night away. Brilliant times.

Hopefully the next couple of gigs will continue in this vein, they are:

  • Sunday 29th May, 2011 Thomsons Bar Dundee
    • Info: Free, With Chris T-T, Map,
  • Friday 3rd June, 2011 13th Note Glasgow
  • Saturday 4th June, 2011 Libertine Ayr
    • Info: £3, With Anna Madeline, Map,

Baskets and Bibles

It occurred to me that I hadn’t written a few words about the weekend before last. I played two dates with Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun, then had a night out in Dunfermline where I didn’t play, and then played a fun gig in Glasgow.

The Lockey tour dates got off to a quiet start in Ayr, save for Ross‘s mate and four random guys showing up. IT’s a nice wee venue, Bar Libertine, but something needs to happen to make people in Ayr a) aware of it, b) come out to it on a Friday night. They missed a trick on Friday as the Solemn Sun boys played brilliantly.

Then it was a short 3 hour drive to Aberdeen the next day for Tunnels. I really like playing at Tunnels (this would be my third time), but I don’t think we could have picked a worse day to play in Aberdeen. Not only were we competing with Twin Atlantic at The Lemon Tree, but also the Torcher Parade on the main street. Bums. Still, we had about 4 times as many folk as in Ayr through the door, didn’t lose money on the hall higher and the Lockey boys got a small amount for their petrol. I also sold more CD’s that night than any Scottish gig recently. Win.

The night in Aberdeen drew to a close with a trip to Moorings bar for drinks with some of the guys who came along, followed by a Gay Club called Cheers where the night took a sharp left turn in to the WTF category. Finished up by waking in Katie’s flat wondering where one of our party was, and should we leave him in Aberdeen as we make our way to Dunfermline. He showed up an hour later and we were on our way.

Dunfermline was a charity all dayer ran by a singer in local pub-rock band, horrifically named, Honk. We showed up around 6pm and were shown times of 8pm for Lockey and Band, and 8.45-9 for myself. As the evening went on it was apparent that this paper wasn’t scripture, and finally Lockey and his band got to play (after the guitarist from Big Country who played with his new band, and they were dire), but still no sign of my set. In the end I didn’t get to play, which pissed me off no-end, but had an ok night with new friend Gwen who was celebrating her **th birthday. Hospitality was top, so it wasn’t all a bust.

Back at work on Monday, and then down to Glasgow on the Tuesday for a Charity Gig for Tsunami Appeal. All the other bands playing were very technical, and with loop machines/synths providing sounds. While playing it felt abit like we were on the SS Lead Balloon, afterwards I had a couple folk coming up to say they enjoyed it, which made me smile and almost £200 was raised for the charity. Esperi was fucking amazing, so if nothing else I’m sorry that more of my friends missed him. Jaw dropping, seriously.

Damnit, this turned out to be a bit long. So suffice to say, our next gigs are:

  • Thursday 19th May, 2011 Classic Grand Glasgow **CHEAP TICKETS**
  • Sunday 29th May, 2011 Thomsons Bar Dundee
    • Info: Free, With Chris T-T, Map,
  • Friday 3rd June, 2011 13th Note Glasgow ** SELLING FAST!**