by Pete Wiseman
Not been idle, as the ultra-swift sketch above shows – that’s me playing guitar at an open mic, you can tell by the eyebrows… Or is it the eyes?
Been testing out a lot of new songs lately, getting a heavy slab of stage-time over the last few months – some of it transcendent, some of it so-so, a little of it pure fucking grim. But even the misfires excite me – the thrill of re-dedication, of focus regained (my stamina and powers of concentration have amped up alarmingly since I quit alcohol and drugs about a year ago, and are still growing).
Okay, enough brand-management. What news? Put together an electric band end of last year, just a three-piece but very powerful and much more simpatico – in both senses – than my previous attempt, which was fine but hardly built to last. Our first gig will be here in Brighton sometime around 30th March, details still tbc. Before then I’ll be back at the Coach House with Sam Cutting on Thur 16th Feb – more info soon.
May this glorious new year bring you a few moments’ respite from the crushing fear and horror
I’m on first at 8 sharp… Doors 7.30pm, adv tickets £6 from Resident Records & wegottickets.com here, or £8 on the night.
And when I hit the stage, it won’t be alone – Mik Hanscomb 0f Junkboy is joining me on guitar…
More daylight! How will I cope?! …Next gig’s an afternooner in London, onstage 3pm on Sun 4 Dec, playing a 45min set. EDIT: gig time’s been shifted to evening, now onstage 7pm
The New Cross Inn gig went well – I’m all in favour of bare-bones, no-frills gigs in the corner of a pub (although I fit very oddly with that kind of thing)… but give me a stage, proper lights, monitors and real volume any day. Distance, artificiality, drama. That’s the way. See:
A remastered version of the Self Possession EP is on Youtube. It features some truly diseased noises, now louder and in sharper definition – give it a whirl.
Some new details on Thur 20 Oct gig at the New Cross Inn, London – event page here:
The Asif Outlaws
Hard rocking foursome from London
“Pushing the idea of one-man and his guitar to its limits. With a noticeable Lou Reed influence, his songs move between gentle laments to attacks on his guitar that teeter on a knife-edge. Matt pulls all this of with a suave cool and a voice that echos Jeff Buckley and Nick Cave.” – CMU
£3 Entry / 7pm Doors
…Given that I’m on a bill with three loud guitar bands (which is how I like it), have put together a suitably hardcore set – no sensitive ballads and downbeat, dreamy strummings here. Looking forward to it.
Gig #1 happens in daylight – and outdoors – at 12 noon. Playing a 45min set, free – that’s undeniable value, my friends.
(Promise I won’t burst into flames in daylight…)
EDITED TO ADD:
…and I didn’t catch fire. Onstage at the 1st gig (is that Buddha?)