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Unpeeled album review + TOUR NEWS

The 13th August update of Unpeeled has very positive things to say about Glow in the Dark – “once in a blue one, you come across something of genuine interest”, for a start – and I’ve taken the liberty of quoting the entire review on the Press page.  Go to the site, though, it’s all good writing (and they clearly have excellent taste, eh?  Eh?!?).

Tomorrow sees the first date of MINOTAUR – South Seas Live in Sheffield.  Facebook pg for that specific gig here.

Wish me luck – or a gloriously messy death. x


New X Inn gig: verdict (I, Loudmouth)

I haven’t fronted a band since Empty Vessels on 14th Dec 2006 at The Montague Arms (RIP): so what’s changed?  Happily, very little.

Solo acoustic (or with perhaps one other musician, eg. keyboards) is a totally different animal – I’d forgotten how charged the atmosphere at a real gig can be.  The New Cross Inn on Friday was vibey as ever; I, Ludicrous sounded good – well, their soundcheck did, we’d buggered off back to Brighton in the van by the time they went onstage – and the sheer power and physicality of the experience was… well, there aren’t any words, really.  I just love feeling the drum-cracks and noise-shreds blast my spine, and aiming my voice right… through… the middle; worth every second, every minor discomfort and expediency.

It went over well, too; nice crowd.  It’s good to be back.  More to follow, soon.

oh, and many thanks to Andy Clarke, without whom…


a(nother) blast from the past: Misfit City lives again

inlay for a long-dead cassette, designed by the estimable Marko Nardini

As mentioned before, in a previous life I had a band called Empty Vessels.  It started off as a duo with – hard as it seems to believe now – a heavy but somewhat askew drum n bass influence.  What can I say, we were young, we were foolish (and very, very wired).

Anyway, it was a short-lived but intense period which we moved away from, in small but – with hindsight – inevitable steps, to become an oafish art-rock trio and even to make a tiny commercial dent.  But at the time I speak of, we met a… polarized response.  Some people loved us, some absolutely hated us; I just got off on the ructions, being little more than a kid at the time.  (And any new band now attracting the volume of write-ups we did, both print and online, would be considered as doing quite well; sad but true…)  Very rarely, we’d get an insightful review from someone who might not’ve gone for the music, but appreciated – or at least grasped – what we were trying to do.

Such a review appeared on a literate and thoughtful site called Misfit City, which has been inactive for quite a while but recently started up again.  Here’s the re-issued and updated article on EVs circa 2000… 

It’s true what they say: be it ever so obscure, you never can escape your own past.  But in this case, there’s nothing to run away from and a great deal to be proud of.  See if you agree.


Empty Vessels on Container Drivers Radio: old song, new programme

the past: cobwebs or stardust?  discuss

The guys at Container Drivers Radio have another podcast up, featuring a song by my old band Empty Vessels.

  • A Certain Ratio – Do The Du
  • Joy Division – Warsaw
  • Hawkwind – Death Trap
  • Adrian Sherwood – Boogaloo
  • The Lovely Eggs – Watermelons
  • Monkeys In Love – I’m Alan
  • Can – And More
  • Sky Architects – Cave In
  • Gespenst – The Bloodline
  • The Fall – R.O.D.
  • Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
  • Power Switchblade – Keep it Light
  • Jake Bugg – Taste It
  • Empty Vessels – Monkey
  • Stanley – Obstacles
  • There Will Be Fireworks – Harmonium Song
  • New Order – Vanishing Point
  • X – Johnny Hit and Run Pauline
  • Kingsley and Perrey – Unidentified Flying Object
  • Bauhaus – Spy in the Cab
  • Human Don’t be Angry – Asklippio
  • Porcelain Raft – Put Me To Sleep
  • Mugstar – Serra
  • Ennio Morricone – L Estasi Dell Oro
  • Signalsundertests – Kapelle

Thanks, as always, are in order.  The song was recorded live at Rooz Studios, nr Old St in London, as part of an EP/album thing (it’s complicated).  I’m told it was available in shops, back when that sort of thing mattered.  Anyway, it’s a blast from the recent-ish past; my principles are unswerved, my delusions intact.  (And the new band?  Now almost equal in its ferocity.)  If nothing else, it’s a nice fit with Hawkwind and The Fall: give the programme a listen.


BBC session – retrospect

The BBC Introducing: South live session we played is up on their site for the next 5 days, here.

We’ll get a recording of our songs, which were spread out across the broadcast, so I’ll probably upload it here &/or to Soundcloud at some point…  Till then, check out the programme.  It includes an interview, which I think went okay – the top of my head was spinning off somewhere in the upper atmosphere at the time on sheer adrenaline.  Managed not to swear or otherwise disgrace myself – somehow.

In all, sounded nice and crunchy; in fact we were ear-splittingly loud.  No idea how the sound engineer made sense of this tidal sheet of fuzz, but what went on-air was magicked into something very tight and coherent, more so as we progressed.  The fact we were lean, ready and up for it must’ve helped too.

Abiding memory?  How swift and efficient the whole operation was – totally hassle-free, nice people to deal with – and, uh, playing with a big cardboard cut-out of Beloved National Treasure (and in my book, twat) David Jason as Del Boy, right in my eyeline.  That and the chundering monotony of football, everywhere, inescapable.

No, seriously though: it was a pleasure.  Had thought I was shackled to the acoustic guitar forevermore, minorly-doomed never again to wring whorls of feedback out of a hard-driven amp… Happily, I was wrong.


BBC Introducing: South radio session Sunday 24th June (info)

Okay, the live session on BBC Introducing: South is going out this Sunday, from 7 – 9 pm.  We’re playing 4 songs and doing an interview.  EDIT: 1st song goes out at 7:05.

Link to their webpage here.   Info:

BBC Introducing: The South, 7-9pm Sunday evenings

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey & BBC Radio Solent

Listen in Brighton on 95.3 FM

Listen in Sussex & Surrey 104-104.8 FM

Listen in Solent & Hampshire on 96.1 FM

Listen in Dorset on 103.8 FM L

Listen on-line

 www.bbc.co.uk/sussex

www.bbc.co.uk/surrey 

 www.bbc.co.uk/hampshire 

 www.bbc.co.uk/dorset

Text during the show on 81333 your normal rates apply, but you must start your text with the word ‘radio’

Email unsigned@bbc.co.uk

…I can promise the unpredictable, the colourful, the atom-smashing.  Give us a listen, do!


more press & BBC session news

Here’s another write-up for Hard Science from is this music?  Good again: I’m a punk poet prepared to push the boat out, it sez.  Damn right.

The BBC Introducing: South session takes place next Sunday, 24th June – more details as soon as I have them (probably tomorrow).  Exciting stuff.


GLOW IN THE DARK album: first press coverage/BBC gig

Here’s a nice write-up for the upcoming album at indiebandsblog.com

And here’s one at withguitars.com

Appreciated, as ever.  Live, the gigs are gradually pencilling in, circling like inky tenebrous corner-of-the eye spectres, hazing toward actuality, an’ shit…  Also, just been offered a BBC radio session quite soon, so more news on that swiftly.


tour news UPDATE

Live dates are falling into place – keep checking the See Live page for info.  Next gig’s London, 20th July (with the band)

In August, the mighty Minotaur with full band again: 5 nights, 5 acts – it’ll be madness.  Again, keep checking for fresh info.  This promises to be unique.

Meantime, there are plans and gambits way into September – more details as and when they’re definite, but so far it’s looking good.  Can’t keep up with all the new offers, which is a lovely problem to have.


FUTURES & PASTS

old news and new news…

New: looks like I’ve finally got a band together, at least the strong framework of one.  All we lack – perhaps – is a keyboard or synth (or even laptop) player.  It’s sounding great so far…  Exciting stuff.

Also, been getting some more airplay on Brighton’s Burst Radio – do check em out.

Old: my former band Empty Vessels now has a Youtube channel here.  There’s live footage in 3 parts, and also loads of free audio on Bandcamp.  While I don’t want to make the mistake of raking around in the past too much, it’s worth a look.  It brings back the chaos and superhuman focused energy of those days – which, with a new band, are about to come round again.