Friday, 26 February 2010


its been an age since I´ve done this and for that I apologise. We´ve been ridiculously ridiculously busy this month.

So as a catch for this large interim here are som things which have been good. Three trapped tigers at Bardens a while back was a visceral experience. utterly amazing in every way. Darren Hayman was also ace. Excellent friends Percival had an amazing launch with some of the best menswear I´ve seen for ages. Check out there video lookbook below, directed by the very visionary Alex Turvey.

Percival from Alex Turvey on Vimeo.

Anyway. This week we played with Bertie Blackman at Hoxton Bar and Grill. It was a fun show but we had about 10 minutes to enjoy it before we were out of the venue and driving to Wolverhampton to record with Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden recording studios. Was the best experience in the world. He has made the songs sound massive. Literally massive.

A large portion of time was spent in bowling alleys in between takes. The end stats basically line up as Glenn having the highest score, me the most victories and graham getting turkey which is pretty fucking exciting.

So yeah - an ace time was had and the tracks are sounding so fucking wonderful I can´t wait till they´re mixed which should be soon hopefully. Tomorrow we´re playing with Bertie Blackman again, this time at the Barfly. Should sell out so either come early or let us know if you want come

Tonight I really should be seeing The New Wine at Oyä´s (its either that one or å this one) night at koko tonight but exhaustion has somewhat taken over.



Thursday, 21 January 2010


Check out our new monthly spotify playlist here!!

It´s got some ace bands and lots of our friends on it, including Erland and the Carnival, Three trapped tigers, Haunted stereo and Portasound.

Hope you enjoy!!!


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

the Hamptons.southampton.the

I've been less active on this blog as of late, but that's because we've been so busy lately! seriously! going to work feels like time off at the moment.

This weekend we played in southampton for day 1 of a ones to watch weekender curated by our lovely lovely friends haunted stereo. The line-up was fairly eclectic and I quite enjoyed the little phillestines. They're from sawth london - I think we're going to start a bit of a gang war with them.

After the show we piled into our van back to my mum's house (which is only 10 mins from southampton), back to relative luxury and am abysmal lack of quality television - seriously, someone needs to sort tv out, although admittedly it was 2 in the morning. The next day the van for some reason wouldn't start. Fortunate that we weren't in some travelodge car park - but ultimately a fairly sizable ball ache. we spent the rest of the morning watching blazing saddles till the RAC man arrived, sprayed hair spray over the engine and somehow got it to work. that is 100 per cent what happened.

So somehow got back to london to play day 2 of the platforms: live ones to watch show. Platforms: live are excellent promoters - really really lovely people which in this current musical world are an extreme rarity - and while their next show at the union chapel for owen pallet (formerly known as final fantasy) has sold out I'd definitely recommend getting tickets for their next Owl's parliament show as soon as possible- though I don't know if they're out yet...

anyway it was a wonderful lineup to be playing with, and head and shoulders the best band I've seen, not just this year but in quite some time, were Erland and the Carnival. So much so I purchased their album - how rare is that these days. it comes out next week on full time hobby but I haven't listened to it yet. their live show was well ace though - wonderfully skewed trippy proggy stomping folk, kind of like mystery jets meets the wicker man...maybe. anyhow they're on tour in feb and supporting wild beasts in march. def check them out!

so now we have 3 days off before we in the house of strange studio where great acts like noah and the whale (who I'm thinking maybe should have had the award for best album of 2009), mumford and sons and emmy the great among others have recorded before us.

Lots of love.


Wednesday, 6 January 2010


So its 2010! did it pass with any event for you? I spent it in a strange oslo mansion with a group of norwegian was very odd.

I think this is going to be a very exciting year for us. This month we've got a show in southampton at the hamptons on the 16th followed by a show at the luminaire on the 18th. and after that we're in the studio with a lovely man called ash whose made a load of bands sound amazing including mumford and sons, noah and the whale, three trapped tigers among others. And thats just january...

see you soon.


Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Saturday, 19 December 2009

album of the year

Friends! I was completely wrong about the album of the year...I'm so sorry. It's blatantly and without question Other truths by Do Make Say Think. One if not the only cd I have physically purchased this year...that can't be true...i think it might be. Anyway they've been one of my favourite bands for the last how ever many years and while it's not a drastic departure from what they've always been doing they're still visionaries in their field. They're one of only a handful bands who actually survived post-rock's lethargic pathetic implosion and come out of it a better band. anyway the album is dead ace. the bass lines are insane and dual drumming is as usual fantastic.

Also ace at the moment is drummer of oxes band frenemies who i complete forgot about. Their second album is a piece of l-fi genius that will probably never be afforded the acclaim it deserves -but I'm loving their new(er) down tempo dancable sound.

Anyway good stuff to look forward to this weekend include dansette dj set at 93 feet east and friends from way back teen sheikhs at bardens on sunday. see you at either of those.




Wednesday, 16 December 2009

We are the dogs*

* title change jeion's suggestion...

...we played with dogs at the camden underworld last night who its completely fair to say are one of the nicest bands we've ever had the pleasure of playing with. It was a pretty damn fine end to a wonderful year and the show was fantastic!

so that's it for 2009. roll on the 2009 lists of what was great and expect the 2010 ones on what will be. when i think back to stuff i've enjoyed this year I think the girls album was pretty ace and is one of the few i keep returning to - i know that's not particularly original...i think with the advent of spotify i've been rediscovering so much of what i used to listen to in the past, and that's really been the soundtrack of 2009.

Live, rather unsuprisingly if you read this blog, consistently portasound and not cool (who have incidentally just new tracks up on their myspace) have been the best bands I've seen time on time, so they share the award for that. I've literally no idea what 2010 will sound feels so unknown at the moment...I'm not even certain the dead certs willl be sucessful next year...we shall see.

in other news publicist at bardens the other night was an amazingly visceral experience. we were all huddled round him while he played in the middle of the dancefloor with nothing other than a srobe light to illuminate us all.

lots of love. See you over the festive season.