It seems like I’m posting on here in fewer and far between measures. Somewhere in between a crisis of confidence, lack of interest from the inside and outside, and general interruptions from the real-life-adult-world, something got lost along the way.
This month, September, has been the first month since sometime in 2008 that I’ve not played a single gig (or indeed written or recorded a song). I’ve got a few things ticking over that I can’t announce just yet, but hopefully October will be the month for that.
So, October, what do you have for us that I can talk about? Well, it kicks off with a couple gigs with Canada’s Rob Moir. He plays folk-indie pop stuff (a bit like Ciaran Lenehan’s stuff, but Canadian). He used to play in a band called Dead Letter Dept who were pretty good.
- 1st October – Thomsons Bar, Dundee, free entry 8pm
- 2nd October – MacSorleys, Glasgow, free entry 8pm
Then I have a wee break until the 27th of October when it’s finally time for The Wonder Stuff gig at Apollo 23 in Glasgow. Really excited and scared at this in equal measure. That’s a good sign, right?
There is one bit of awesome news that I can announce for the tail end of the year, and that’s that I am playing the absolutely amazing Book Yer Ane Fest 5 in Dundee in December. Other acts include Chris T-T, Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady, Against Me!, World Inferno/Friendship Society), ONSIND, and many many more. Check out the facebook event for full details. Or, indeed, this poster for the full line-up.
And finally, I wrote a wee top five of Independent Scottish acts for The Ruckus since we spoke last. Check it out here
Apologies for the radio silence here, I’ve been trying to sort out things in my life that aren’t musical. Not too much avail, but hopefully in the next couple of days something will happen.
Anyways, seems like there’s big changes happening around RFPB Towers. We played at the end of August in Nice’n'Sleazys for Roscoe Vacant’s album launch (cheers for putting us on), and it has kind of struck me that that gig would be the last of the ‘original’ line-up for a wee while. Jud has buggered off to college in Carlisle and Woody has taken on a job as drum tech for Uriah Heep. He’s currently on the bus to Manchester to go fly out and meet the band. Kenny’s obviously busy with the meteoric rise of Carnivores, which leaves Dan and I twiddling thumbs.
So, the next few gigs I’ve got listed are going to be solo efforts for me. It’s still up in the air what’s happening with the Wonder Stuff gig line-up wise, but I’ve a feeling things will come together in some fashion.
While looking at the gig listings, I noticed that I’m around 10 gigs away from hitting my 200th gig. I was thinking it would be pretty cool to get this landmark out of the way before the end of the year. So, what I’m asking is for some kind of ‘crowd-sourcing’ of gigs between now and end of December. They don’t need to be big or ‘proper’, just a place to play a wee set for some people. House shows, pub gigs, backgardens, car-parks, that kind of thing. Anywhere around the country is fine by me, so please email me and we’ll see what we can set up. Oh, charity gigs are also good.
I’ve a couple more gigs that are lined-up to be announced on the page, including an end of November spectacular that’s currently sitting in my head as a cross between KISS and Phil Ochs.
“Will we ever see the likes of you again” (Taken by Ross Morris)