Here’s a stranger to daylight, staring back at a camera and talking to Mass Movement about his 10 favourite LPs. I now understand why vloggers do that thing of having loads of apparently pointless fast cuts even if it’s just them talking (to edit out all the times they blew their lines or dried up. Try giving a semi-improvised speech for a quarter hour without deviation, hesitation, repetition or several annoying facial tics… even the most glibly confident would struggle. Still, interesting to try – although I don’t think I could make a “career” out of it). These aren’t the definitive 10 – more the ones that seemed significant that day – but I hope this small addition to the huge reef of pop cult lists is entertaining, anyway. And it’s nice to be asked.
…Reproduced here because it’s bootleg as fuck – a paper zine with minimal web presence, and if you don’t live in Brighton you’re unlikely to see a copy. Both ends of the magnet!
Back soon with gig 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?!?).
Wish me luck – or a gloriously messy death. x
GLOW IN THE DARK – album #2 – is now available from Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify & iTunes. And the rest. My advice is get it from Bandcamp, where it comes with extras.
It’s been reviewed by Whiteboard Project, here. (Scroll down, it’s the second or third item.) It “will infuriate some and delight others […] Highly recommended”. Amen to that.
On top of this, I’m part of a brief tour from 15th – 19th August.
Two more reviews for Glow in the Dark, first from Stu Huggett in Brighton Source magazine:
…And second from Ringmaster Reviews, here. An ambivalent one, this – “at times not easy to get a handle on”, but “to ignore it would be a mistake”… and “a sinister caress with less than healthy intentions which leaves one rattled but needing to feel its shadows again”(!). Still, it’s in-depth, which is aces with me. And uncertainty isn’t a bad thing… I’ve evoked some colourful images in the writer’s head: my work is done.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a review of forthcoming single Hard Science on God Is In The TV’s site.
It’s a good one: “If these two avant-pop tracks are anything to go by then the album should be, at the least, intriguing.”
Read the article, listen to the tracks when they’re released at the end of this very month, and see if you agree. (In fact, Hard Science can be heard on the Bandcamp player at the top of this page. If you like, you can watch the video, too.)
A positive write-up for This Mucky Age from well-regarded individualist journo Indie Dad. It’s on the superb [sic] Magazine site here.
(Seem to recall he quite liked Episodes when it was first released in 2008, too – did I mention it’s just been re-issued by any chance…?)
A review’s always appreciated – even more so when it’s favourable. So far, I’ve been very lucky.
The fifth and final story I filmed can now be watched on God Is In The TV webzine.
It is, as usual, the same old hackneyed bollocks about sensitive indie types and their dysfunctional relationships. Actually, no it’s not – not in the slightest. It’s another freaky horror story; for anyone who’s ever had a run-in with psychotic shopping centre security guards, it should give a spooky little chill.
It was a lot of fun to make, and I hope a lot of fun to watch, in its twisted way. Here it is:
I’d like to thank Bill Cummings at GIITTV for his patience and willingness to try something different in going with the idea.
Another short story I filmed can be found on God Is In The TV, here:
http://tinyurl.com/62bjl2c It’s called Complaint from The Other World.
Also, the concluding part of The UnExplorers is now archived on my Youtube channel.
Check em out, they’re both freaky as hell.
an explosive (decompression) conclusion…
The final part of this unearthly film’s hosted exclusively by God Is In The TV, and brings the story to a cosmic climax – with fatal (and messy) consequences for some…
As before, it’ll be available to watch here in a week’s time – but go there first because it’s stuffed with music insight and dissent. Then another story begins: Complaint From Another World, a spooky but sad little number with creepy abstract visuals. It’s an old radio thrill series, all this, but like… with pictures… and on the internet. (I’m getting addicted to those little dots. They had those on radio too.)
This is where it gets weird
As before, the latest episode of this fucked-up story’s now been archived on Youtube, and on the Videos page here. Part 3’s due to appear on the God Is In The TV site in the next few days, where it’ll be hosted exclusively for a week.
In other camera-hogging news, that screen test for a film role’s been postponed till next week; such is the world of micro-budget indie film-making, apparently. Like I said, I’ll report back on it afterwards, whether I screw it up or not.
The Golem knows the way
Here’s part 2 of The UnExplorers, hosted by God Is In The TV. For anyone who came in late, it’s a film of a short story; sadly, there’s no sex or violence, as that’s quite tricky when you’re alone in front of a camera (well, a little bit tricky).
Speaking of movies and that, I’m doing a screen test in 4 days’ time for the lead role in the film I randomly auditioned for a while ago (see below) – obviously I’ll write about it afterward, however great or humiliating it turns out…
stay tuned for no-budget thrills
Part 1 of The UnExplorers can now be found on the Videos page. Part 2 will appear in God Is In The TV in the next couple of days…
In the run-up to the album release, a series of short films I made are being hosted by God Is In The TV zine.
Here’s the first one:
The second part will be up around Tue 24th May, and so on in fortnightly installments.
I might have described these vids briefly in an earlier entry, but anyway, they’re filmed versions of some of the previously-published stories on the Writing page of this site.
By saying “filmed”, I don’t want to write cheques I can’t cash (for younger readers, those are pieces of paper – paper – that the older generation use, or used, to transmit a sum of money. It sounds crazy, but it’s true)…*
They’re lo-fi, minimal – in the strictest sense of the term – but no less entertaining for that, hopefully. Have a look.
*Note to self: be more careful with the cheap sarcasm