It’s been a while since our last post (don’t we always say that?) so we thought it was time to add some of our recent goings on to our website! It’s hard to avoid the fact that things have gone a little quiet recently but even though the live shows have become a lot less frequent, we’re still hard at work behind the scenes doing our best to make this album as amazing as possible! However, there’s a few things we need to get you up to speed on first…
A few weeks back (the 25th of October to be precise) we played possibly one of the most amazing and inspiring shows we’ve ever played. Supporting the incredible Kyla La Grange at Edge Hill University‘s brand new Rose Theatre, we had the surreal experience of performing every song we’ve ever released to a near capacity venue. After we’d finished our set there was even a small crowd lining up besides the merch table to grab a signed EP! It may not sound like much but when we’ve been used to playing small scale gigs in front of hardly any people (including the other bands), for us to turn up in Ormskirk and be greeted the way we were was absolutely incredible and we can’t thank everyone who made it happen enough!
Luckily a group of extremely talented individuals, who go by the name of Papertwin, were on hand to film the entire event. Not only that, they decided to use our music on not one but two official videos for Edge Hill University! Have a look below:
Finally, we’d like to just let you know where we all are at the moment. Although Kez and Finney have been living together in Manchester since July (regularly visited by Paton of course), Elle has been living and working in London for the past few months. Naturally, this means it’s a lot harder to arrange things like practice and gigs, but the fundamental structure of the band is still strong and the writing process is still ongoing. As soon as we have any news or updates to announce then we’ll be plastering it all over our Facebook and Twitter pages, thanks for your patience.
It’s been a while since we last surfaced on here and many things have been going on, both with the band and with our personal lives too (you can blame Facebook for us not updating this websitey thing too often).
First of all, congratulations to Elle who’s now finished university and has been having a great run of gigs with her new project Elinor Alicia Gray and The Merry Pranksters (including the Paul McCartney Auditorium at LIPA and Attic as part of Liverpool Sound City). Also, next week Finney and Kez will be both moving in together in Manchester so you can probably expect many writing sessions and lots of new material soon.
Speaking of which, those of you who can remember a few months back may recall a little thing we did called The Betnav Sessions where we recorded a few songs in a tiny hallway with a vintage piano. Well, we’re happy to say that we’ve now got all the videos back (thanks Rob!) and, even better, we’ve stuck them on our Youtube page in a handy little playlist. Go make yourself a cup of tea, put some headphones on and check them out below.
We also want to say a big thanks to everyone who came to watch us at our last few shows! It was nice to go back to our spiritual roots at The Fox and Goose in Southport for Band Royale 2012, The Kazimier in Liverpool was magical (thanks again to The Fifth Movement for putting us on) and Night & Day in Manchester was an absolute blast! By the way, if you weren’t there on June 1st and you’ve not already heard Yarbo’s new EP then you definitely need to get on his free download right now. That guy stole the show that evening and it’s easy to see why.
For now though, it’s time for us to go and make an album. It’s been a while coming but these next few months will be our best opportunity to knuckle down and really make some progress. Sadly that does mean we’re not going to be playing too many shows in the near future (if any at all) but we promise to keep you up to date with what’s happening, probably by posting several silly ‘vintage’ photographs and profoundly artsy time lapse videos like we usually do. Who knows, we may even actually put some music out there for a change!
Either way, we’ll be back gigging in the autumn when we’ve got some new material ready and maybe a few extra members too. Until then, much love!
Every Friday night our good friend Callum Frazer Dickson hosts his own show on Halton Community Radio from 9-11 and this week, with Adrianne Godfrey as co-host, we had the pleasure of being his special guests for the entire two hours! It was a lovely evening and a good laugh with us playing two tracks live in the studio, talking about anything we liked and generally causing complete broadcasting chaos.
Highlights include a special ‘stripped-down’ acoustic version of Saviour Of This Town, an honest and open chat about the band’s history, present and plans for the future and, following his complete ‘editing-out’ of our recent interview on BBC 6 Music, an exclusive on the spot interview with none other than Chris Paton. Have a listen below!
You may or may not already know this but last Wednesday we made the roadtrip down to some place called London (more specifically Western House, the home of BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music) to spend half an hour with the legend that is Tom Robinson. He asked us a few questions, we talked about something probably completely unrelated, he played one of our songs and then asked us a few more questions. Oh and then we got a photo together.
Obviously there was a lot more to it than that so you’ll have to listen to the show below to find out what we talked about and how we ended up on the subject of Kez and Paton sharing a bed together. Lets be honest, would you expect any less?
In all seriousness though, it was an amazing day and great to be back down in London again! Everyone made us feel at home straight away (big shout out to Jax Coombes especially) and their Kenco coffee machine is one of the best we’ve ever sampled. Unfortunately we didn’t end up hijacking an open mic somewhere as promised, even with Tom giving it his best shot on Twitter!
Don’t worry though, we’re hoping to make London a regular thing from now on. Hopefully we’ll be doing a few little intimate gigs here and there around the city, so if you know of anywhere that likes a bit of acoustic music then just give us a shout and we’ll see what we can do. In the meantime, keep up the amazing support and expect some very exciting news in the near future!
Getting some photos done is something that’s always been on our list of things to do but whenever we’ve managed to get ourselves in the same place at the same time with a photographer it’s either been dark or absolutely pouring it down. Yesterday was quite nice though because for the first time it was neither dark or pouring it down. It was just absolutely freezing cold instead. However the rather amazing Mike Brits persevered and we finally had our first proper photoshoot. Here’s one of the teaser shots from Sefton Park that Mike has uploaded to his Facebook page and we have been informed that the rest will be following shortly!
After the shoot we had a few hours to spare before we were booked in at LIPA for writing and rehearsals, so we seized the opportunity to do something we’ve never really done before; just relax and go for something to eat. This was definitely a good idea. Elle recommended a lovely place on Hardman Street called Bistro Jacques, at one point during her meal shouting “This place is my FAVOURITE!” to the surprise of everyone else in the restaurant. We strongly urge you to try the steak if you’re ever around the area.
Tomorrow we’re up early and back on the road though, making a return to the wonderful city of London. Tom Robinson has kindly asked us to come down and say a few words on his show on BBC 6 Music (yes!) so who are we to refuse such an offer? We’re not sure when it’s going out on the radio yet but as soon as we know then we’ll let you know too on our Facebook, Twitter and so on. Also, we’re hoping to hijack an open mic while we’re down there so if you know any places that are running a night then give us a shout.