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gigs: chat & pictures

Gig went well the other night – thanks again to Peter Cat & grasshopper.  Great sets, and always a good feeling when one of these DIY gigs gets a good turnout (my band was sounding pretty sharp too, if I say so myself).

Up next:

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This will be a solo acoustic affair with The Wondering Weskits (check out this Instagram link for some superb artwork)… & Suburban Death Twitch… at the fantastic Rose Hill.  More info here.

Beyond that, there’s a couple of things lined up for August, including this:

…And some other stuff in November.  Sept-Oct there’s a few possible dates swirling around, including a return trip to Glasgow (with the full band this time), but nothing definite yet.  That aside, the single Perilous Seat – and War on Pain, another track off the album – are getting a lot of radio… about 60 stations, not including syndication, at last count.  So it’s all good… The reason I’ve not updated for a while (and this entry’s admittedly something of a bulletin) is I’ve been really busy – also got an EP ready to go with the band, and a whole load of new songs for 2020.  The lot of the DIY/independent/underground/really-do-absolutely-everything-yourself artist these days is a hard one – but not a bad one.

local kudos!

Thanks very much for kind words on the Vanishing Island album, from Brighton Source: “a prolific songwriter with an array of excellent self-produced independent releases. He’s influenced by the darker side of indie rock, but puts his own stamp on things […] strong and well-structured, with a memorable and distinctive sound”.

& also Plugged in Brighton:

…Not bad, not bad at all.

[EDIT: PiB now has a website – links added, but check it out here]

New album “Vanishing Island” released 3 May ’19

 

Bandcamp (includes bonus material) / Amazon / iTunes / Spotify

Yes, that title’s a dig at Brexit, but there are no overt protest songs this time round: these are complex emotions, for complex times…  The kind of feelings that don’t even have names – but you know them when they hit home.

I’m very happy with this one, and hope it’s as enjoyable a listening experience as it was to make.

Perilous Seat vid exclusive

The video of Perilous Seat can be seen exclusively via Pure Grain Audio, here.  It’s a DIY epic of indifferent miming, lurid colours and general dislocation – every penny’s up there on the screen.  Hope you enjoy…  If not, you can claim back the 3min 47sec of yr life from me at a gig, with this handy token:

Album: more reviews

Vanishing Island seems to be doing good.  Got a tremendous write-up from The Ringmaster Review – “his finest incitement yet… has something extra which truly set it apart… delicious pop cacophony”.  O yes.

House of Prog went easy on me this time, citing “a somewhat odd and eerie production, with a touch of kraut to the psychedelia”… Thanks, I’ll take it.

Further, Full Circle calls it “ten adventurous songs with inventive arrangements […] Very enjoyable and well made album throughout by an individual and fascinating artist.”

Anyway, pretty soon you’ll be able to decide for yourself – album’s out 3rd May.

LP/single: 1st reviews

Stencil issue 54

Stencil Magazine reviews Vanishing Island here (p. 153) …”for those looking for something that’s outside of the box and scratches many levels of atmosphere”.  Ambivalent but interested – my favourite kind of review, quite often (as it implies a genuine effort to engage).

Plugged in Brighton gave the single, Perilous Seat, its first write-up in their 13th issue: “pop through a prism […] It’s almost a waltz, not quite a sea shanty but certainly quality, adult pop”.  Wonder what they’ll make of the album?  (That’s by far the most accessible, song-shaped track on there, as you’d expect.  Even scored some airplay on Kerrang Radio.)  We’ll find out…

Otherwise, doing another free improv Safehouse gig as part of the Wildcard Quartet, on 24 April at The Verdict.  Comfort zone?  I have none.

More band gigs coming up too – news on them as & when.

EDIT: Another review came in just after this post, from Whisperin & Hollerin.  It’s very generous indeed – “tidy hooks and imaginatively-crafted moments of atmosphere and even pangs of emotional depth“, among other things.  Always cool when someone sees what I was aiming at.  Read it here.

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