On the tracks

I’ve been spending much of my spare time over the weekend sequencing the new mini-album (and tweaking mixes, receiving guest slot’s parts and general tidying up). I’m dead excited about letting people hear it in full. It’s dead hard not to just upload it now and say GO GO GO!

Anyways, on Friday while the nation was gripped on Bono and Co’s leather trousers, I uploaded a track from the album called “When You’re Old” to the Facebook page. It’s the album closer, but unfortunately, if you weren’t one of the many who had a wee listen, it’s now gone.

In it’s place I have uploaded the album opener entitled Mirrors, and you can hear it again at the Facebook page. I think that if I was in a position to release a single from the album, this would be it as it sets the theme and style of it all. Let me know what you think of it, either comments here or on Facebook.

Finally, the tracklisting for the full album, entitled “Despite the Blackout” is thus:

  1. Mirrors
  2. Discovery Itch
  3. The Bells
  4. How to craft a life
  5. Despite the Blackout
  6. When you’re old

Out July 25th through Corporate Records (digital) and on CD during the tour.

Revisionist History

I had a wee bit of a change of heart over the weekend. The masters came back for the Seven Songs project, and while an improvement over the source tape, weren’t what I was really looking for.

So, instead, I’ve been busy in the evenings recording a brand new EP of songs for the release on 25th of July through Corporate Records. It’ll have 5 songs on it, including one re-recording from the Seven Songs EP, and a whole bunch of guest vocal slots at the end.

I think it’ll be called Despite the Blackout, and I’ll post the tracklisting on Monday once I know for sure.

Trust me, this is much better!

Masterer of the Universe

Revisionist History:  http://davehughesmusic.blogspot.com/2011/06/revisionist-history.html|

Three things to get through today. Firstly, on Monday 25th July, I’ll be releasing my first ever album through a label. This is in the form of Seven Songs and through Corporate Records (set up by and home to The Indelicates).

Yes, I know some of you already have a copy of this CD, but trust me this is good. It was never really given a ‘proper’ release, or actually mastered (the original version was just taken from tape and put on CD with little thought). So, with this in mind, it will be available primarily through:

  • Download at the Corporate records website on a pay what you want basis, 
  • CD format at gigs and mail order (Digipak, with liner notes etc)
  • Latterly Spotify, iTunes etc (although, this isn’t much of a concern for me as I’ve never actually used iTunes).
  • Original versions on Ebay making scrupulous profits in years to come.

At the moment the CD is with the wonderful Ross Gilchrist for mastering. I can tell he’s got a large task ahead of him due to the lo-fi recording nature of the album.

Next, the tour dates for July and August have been announced. I can’t really tell you how excited I am about this. The FUCKING Wheelbarrow in Camden for a start, not to mention Full Throttle Festival and a return to Manchester.

  • Friday 22nd July, 2011 The Blind Poet Edinburgh
    • Info: Free, With Ciaran Lenehan, MapFacebook
  • Saturday 23rd July, 2011 Full Throttle Festival County Durham
    • Info: , With Ciaran Lenehan, lots of bands!,
  • Tuesday 26th July, 2011 The Garratt Manchester
    • Info: , With Ciaran Lenehan,
  • Wednesday 27th July, 2011 The Mothers Ruin Bristol
    • Info: , With Ciaran Lenehan, Facebook
  • Thursday 28th July, 2011 The Barge & Barrel Tipton
    • Info: Free, With Ciaran Lenehen, Neil Morris,
  • Friday 29th July, 2011 The Butler Reading
    • Info: £4, With Ciaran Lenehan, Facebook
  • Monday 1st August, 2011 The Hydrant Brighton
    • Info: , With Ciaran Lenehen, Adam Bennett, Facebook
  • Wednesday 3rd August, 2011 Castle Addis Great Barr
    • Info: , With Ciaran Lenehen, Carlos The Jackal,
  • Thursday 4th August, 2011 The Greyhound Beeston, Nottingham
    • Info: Free, With Ciaran Lenehan, Gerry Trimble and the Bastard Sons, MapFacebook
  • Friday 5th August, 2011 Wheelbarrow Camden
    • Info: Free, With Ciaran Lenehen,

Lastly, a couple members of the Renegade Folk Punk Band are doing charity related escapades.

  1. Jud Harron (her who brings the glamour/backing vocals) is raising money for Cancer Research UK and Race For Life. You can donate here.
  2. Woody (he who brings the beat/drums) has decided to walk with two pals from Greenock to Crail (right across Scotland). Sponsor and find out more about their insanity here.

Right, I’m away to listen to Jungleland on repeat.

Angel of the castle, the castle on the hill

Someone once said that if you have to spend the week at work, you might as well have as much fun as possible at the weekends and suffer for it on Monday morning. With this in mind, I can say that this weekend was exactly what I needed. On Friday I took the train from Dundee to Glasgow to meet up with Anna Madeleine at the 13th Note to begin our little Scottish Weekender.

Friday nights gig was with the utterly gloriously amazingly brilliant Indelicates. As pointed out by a few folk, many had chosen to spend the hottest day of the year in an almost full basement venue. Sweat was running down the walls, in the good way.

We had local spokenword act lirazelf compering the night, which is always a pleasure to watch. After introductions, Anna played first and was mesmerising. It was great to finally hear these songs live after listening to her EP on Spotify numerous times over the past year.

Then the band and I got up and did our usual thing. Except, due to a wee PA fault at the start of the set, we opened with a completely unplugged cover of ONSIND’s Gardez La France. That was the first weird thing, the second was the call for an ‘encore’. Or ‘Wan More Song’ as was the case on Friday. It felt pretty good, yeah it was pretty alright.

It was then time to watch The Indelicates in all their glory, and I don’t think I’ve had as big a grin over my face for a long time as I did when they were on stage. The night ended at Maggie Mays for a few drinks before a riverside walk to find a taxi.

The next day Anna and I took the train down to Ayr to play at the lovely Bar Libertine. Kudos to the opening acts in the form of Christie Connor-Vernal and Ross Gilchrist, and the small amount of people who came along. Anna played a more expansive set, complete with blow-job jokes, and I did what will probably form the tour set for August. It was a fun night.

Major thanks to Roscoe Vacant for helping Anna and I get back to Paisley, and introducing us to the sexiest sat-nav known to man.

That’s about it for the moment. Only gig on the gig listing is down in Greenock for the Tall Ships in July. I’ll be announcing all my tour dates next week hopefully, and perhaps I’ll be playing near you so we can say hi and have a beer together.

God knows I need it.