A new old beginning

This coming week is shaping up to be pretty busy. Today has been marked in the diary as an “RFPB Work Day” for a wee while now. While I am currently sitting in my pyjamas looking at reddit, in a little moment I’m going to get dressed and head over to Producer/Crew/Guitar player extraordinaire Gareth’s house to start the day. Later, we meet the rest of the band and go to LoFi Studios in Glasgow for a rehearsal. Finally we go for a late night video and photo-shoot for the album.

Monday is then a day of rest before four nights of playing music in a row. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are spent at Cerberus, first for the fortnightly Acoustic Night, and secondly for the gig with Joshua Caole and Mark McCabe. The next night, Thursday, is down in Edinburgh at The Forest Cafe, again with Joshua and Mark, but also with Davey Nolan joining us. Finally, I go from the East Coast all the way to the West Coast (flipping Gangsta Signs as I go) and play with the Renegade Folk Punk Band in Greenock at The Old Bank Bar.

Then on Saturday I rest before flying to Germany on Sunday.

In other news, our illustrious drummer Woody has been announced as an endorser of SilverFox Drum Sticks . In the next instalment, he’ll tell you all about what this means and why he’s currently swimming in a pool of drum sticks.

Finally, there’s been a re-jig of the website (for technically minded people, it boils down to a switch from blogger to wordpress). There will still be a few bugs here and there, so please let me know if you find anything. Or indeed, if it looks absolutely swell, please let me know too (leave a comment below, hint hint).

Back to the grind

We’re at the end of a really fucking crazy month. In August we released the first single from the album, As You Are. It was well received and we are grateful for all the people who took interest, listened and even bought a copy. Then things went a bit quiet until the tail end of last week. I signed in to Youtube on Thursday and noticed that the view counter. which had been sitting at around 400 for the last month had jumped up to around 1000. This in itself was weird, but over the next few days we were getting more and more views and by Saturday we were approaching 3000 views. Crazy.

Oh, and we had the track play-listed last week on a Long Island drive-time radio show. Whether or not these two things are related, remains to be seen. Needless to say, we are fucking grateful to those at WRCN breakfast show for taking an interest in this little band from Scotland. East Coast US tour in 2013? Aye.

This put some wind in our sails and as a result it would appear that things are starting to speed up in Renegade Folk Punk Land. The album is still very much a work in progress, but nearing completion every day. This weekend should see me finishing my vocals and harmonicas, then it’s just the little embellishments here and there and the recording is finished. Afterwards, we’ll get it mixed, mastered, produced, sold, entered in to the charts and converted in to cold hard cash. Or something like that.

Here’s a sneak preview (leak?) of one of my favourite songs from the album:

We’re coming out of our self imposed exile to play a full band gig as well on Friday the 5th of October in Greenock at The Old Bank Bar.

I guess I could call it a wee mini-tour for myself as I’m playing the previous two days around Scotland with Joshua Caole. This means that our gig calendar for October looks like this:

  • Wednesday 3rd October – Cerberus Bar, Dundee with Joshua Caole and Mark McCabe
  • Thursday 4th October – The Forest Cafe, Edinburgh with Joshua Caole
  • Friday 5th October – The Old Bank Bar, Greenock