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My track Envy The Birds (LP version) appears on this compilation from Aldora Britain Records, ‘King For A Day’.

In their own words of blurb, “AB Records is an e-zine and record label that promotes the music and work of authentic independent or underground artists from all around the world”, and – unlike some in this line – refreshingly legit and non-scammy… A shame that’s the exception rather than the norm…  Anyway, there’s 25 tracks (mine’s 11th), including psych, fuzz, folk & coldwave; mine brings the art rock progressiveness, it says here. 

It’s a song I’m proud of, and happy it’s getting a bit more exposure; incidentally, the slimmed-down radio edit just got a share on Point of View Promotions‘ Soundcloud, if you’d like to hear it with no second verse.

Gigs?  Gigs:

(Looks a bit like I own shares in the Rossi Bar – sadly I don’t, it’s just the odd way these things work out sometimes.)

 

next gigs, Oct-Nov

The recent run of gigs went really well – as I may already have said, it’s so good to be doing this again and getting such an energized reception.  The dream never rusted!  There’s a few more to come over the next couple of months… situation permitting… in London (for Trust The Doc at the Amersham Arms), Worthing (Bar 42) & Brighton in November (Rossi Bar, electric line-up this time).  Otherwise, am working on new material but that won’t see daylight for a while yet; working on life too, which… likewise, probably… x

So good to be back…

 

Bar 42, Worthing, 15 Aug

We did our first gig in about 18 months a couple of days ago.

It was hot, sweaty and loud – I’d almost forgotten how that feels.  It went great, and I’m hyper-aware what a pleasure and privilege it is, after the shitty time we’ve all endured, to do this again.  Personally, I dealt with the suspense by focusing on my recent album and working on a follow-up; but there was a point where many venues’ survival looked pretty shaky – as did the whole musical ecosystem where I occupy a marginal corner.  And while the covid ordeal’s not over just yet, at least that part of it is.  I’m very, very glad.

More to follow – something early September for Sad House Daddy in London first of all, then a couple of things closer to home.  Details shortly! x

Belgium says I’m an extraordinary boy: album reviews & interview

Album review by The Viking in The Wilderness above – archived here, as it’s on facebook and therefore subject to be buried in the newsfeed.

Elsewhere in Europe, I’m “scandalously ignored” – Music in Belgium says so.  (And who am I to argue?)  A very nice review of the album in French.

Whisperin & Hollerin reckons “he keeps on churning ‘em out, and amazingly, without any dip in quality” – yes, well… when I have my next nervous breakdown that’ll be why.  There are worse ways to spend a life, of course.

V13 kindly asked me to write about the 8 albums that changed my life – see me speak my brains here.

More words to follow, hopefully.

 

live at last: 22 Sept, Brighton

event link here

So I finally got the go-ahead for another gig in this our post-visitation yr 2021: I’m promoting this one (and one day I’ll stop putting myself lowest on the bill), so you know it’ll be pharmaceutical quality.

After such a long lay-off it feels like a big deal, although the thing itself’s fairly low-key…  Well, I say that, but it features the immensely talented and fascinating Oli Spleen (with friends, in Gaslight Illuminati guise) & unique polymathic genius R Dyer.

Come see.

(NB. it doesn’t matter much, but this gig was originally scheduled for 2 July – I just copy-pasted the original post and changed the date/artwork.  If it happens again, might leave this here as a monument to modest, albeit doomed, ambition.  But that’s loser talk! …I hope.)

the album – track by track & review

Did a track by track on the new album for Sonic Shocks – read it here.

Goes into a bit of detail about how it was recorded during lockdown, what the songs are about, the whole point of the thing… Hopefully an amusing read without giving too much away (it’s a fine line, but I don’t like to hand everything out on a plate.  Mystery, you know).  See what you think.

They also a put up review – here – “a powerful collection of tracks”.  As always, you can hear them by hitting the Bandcamp player just to yr right there…

 

 

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