Saturday, 19 December 2009
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.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
...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 like...it 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.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
But look what i found today
Amazing! clearly this had to be purchased.
Anyhow - as mentioned we're playing the underworld next Tuesday. You can get tickets here but they're going quick so get them soon.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Next Tuesday 15 December we're playing the Camden Underworld with Dogs so if you can't make it tomorrow then come down to that. It's been a while since I last went to the underworld. It was to see bullet union who were incredible if anyone remembers them.
And then in the new year we're getting lots of exciting things lined up so check this space. The next two immediate dates are at the hamptons in southampton on the 16th for a gig curated by our friend's haunted stereo (and the venue is only 30 mins from my mum's house). And then we're back to london on the 18th for a gig at the luminaire which is always great to play.
Also - I'm not sure if i mentioned but I saw nathan fake play and he rearranged my brain it was so good.
See you tomorrow.
Friday, 27 November 2009
And yesterday graham and I went and saw The New Wine play at the 229. My fucking lord they were good. Firstly they're amazing, secondly they're flawless musicans, thirdly they're from norway so they''re well cool and well hot, and fourth they're amazing. They're total bergen talented good time vibe music in the style of whitest boy alive and kukkmuthafucka. and on another note bergen is amazing.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
We’re playing tonight at the fly in new oxford street with 4or5 magicians, along with live like lions. I’m looking forward to hearing both as I’ve heard good things. For any last minute additions to the guest list email ben@livelikelions Anyway, we’ve been well busy this last week. On Wednesday we played in Then the next day Graham, myself, and bobby of telegramme fame indulged in a gentleman’s pub crawl of east It’s been a very full week. House xx
Anyway, we’ve been well busy this last week. On Wednesday we played in
Then the next day Graham, myself, and bobby of telegramme fame indulged in a gentleman’s pub crawl of east
It’s been a very full week.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
I was at a warehouse party in hackney wick this halloween which our very good fríends portasound were playing. It was one of the best parties I´ve been to in an age, while portasound were absolutely amazing. they were literally 1mm from blowing the speakers throughout most the set but fuck that.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
It was without question one of my favourite gigs we;'ve ever done, I think there was some unamity on this fact as we discussed over it excellent vietnamese food after the show.
I didn't get much of a chance to listen to the other bands but there seemed to be a lot of promise in what I heard of demontre (and not The Demon Tree as Jeion thought they were called, and which is incidentally an excellent name for a metal band)
And on this spooky note anyone at a loss this weekend there's an ace halloween party in hackney wick with music coming from both Portasound.
Our next show is in Worcester at the Firefly for the lovely people at the task in hand.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
They've had some ace reviews from rock sound so this should be a pretty ace gig. We're on early so get down early.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
They were fucking ace - insanely interesting all girl dancable no-wave magic. Also they feature an ex-member of electrelane so blatantly they're amazing.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
...but here's a picture our very own front man while he was on tour with emmy in japan.
People of Worcester - we have our first ever show with you in November. We're playing the firefly for those of you who know where that is. Should be ace times.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
We're playing with La Shark!
And good people have been saying good things about them:
The most extraordinary band I've heard in a long time, called Gaggle... With a name like Gaggle they're going to be good, right? They are. They're brilliant." "YOU HAVE BEEN GAGGLED" HUW STEPHENS (BBC - Radio 1)
"Gaggle - the most exciting, innovative and genuinely imaginative force at large in music right now. More infectious than a mnemonic plague (ahem) and going off with the full force of Blondie's 'Atomic', they sound like 10,000 MIAs - and we bet they don't kiss nice." REBECCA ROBINSON (NME)You can get tickets from HERE, or RSVP for the event on facebook HERE
Monday, 28 September 2009
These guys are huge at the moment and have worked with so many good bands including Arctic Monkeys, The Get Up Kids, White Denim, Lightspeed Champion, This Town Needs Guns, Rolo Tomassi, and I could go on and on and on. It's a real honour to be included in their roster.
As always, much love.
Friday, 25 September 2009
I used to live with the lovely Lu Flux who is an ethical designer extraodinaire. She works only with salvaged, vintage or organic fabrics, using traditional methods such as knitting, pleating or patchwork to design incredibly beautiful bespoke pieces. Fashion week has gone swimmingly for Lu so congratulations to her.
Just look at these:
To say our old friend Alex Turvey is destined for great things is doing him a diservice, as he basically already doing them. An incredibly talented designer/director he has made music videos for the likes of Bright Eyes, Grizzly Bear, MSTRKRFT among many others, and continues to do design for basically everyone. But more importantly perhaps, he is like myself a Welsh/Greek Cypriot and everyone knows that's the best combination of races you could possibly have.
This wonderfully weird electro outfit are a joyous combination of so many different genres from tropical to carnival to pop to dance. and they're amazing! Hailing from Bow E3 via Crystal Palace our former neighbours are a firm favourite of Huw Stephens and are playing lots in the next couple of months, including some dates in Italy.
Their next gig is at Cargo on Friday 9 October supporting Bent. It is impossible not to have a good time when you see them and I thoroughly recommend that you do.
That's probably enough for you all for now to get inspired on for a friday. More soon, but in the meantime we continue to be humbled by the wonderfully positive feedback from everyone following our show on Monday. We have a number of great shows coming up, the next one being at the Hoxton Bar and Grill on the 8th October. We hope to see as many of you possible down there.
Don't forget to check out the new website as well as follow us on facebook or twitter.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
As for the future, well we are playing with the excellent Exlovers at Hoxton Bar and Grill in a week or two, and after that with 4or5 musicians at the fly. We were scheduled to play with our good friends Thomas Tantrum and Haunted Stereo in November but unfortunately can't do that now. But regardless everyone should still go and see them as they're both blatantly amazing. Serious. Haunted stereo were Q's record of the day a couple of weeks ago and you wouldn't want to go and fuck off Q would you?
In other news the new website goes live in two days, or one day...it goes live Sunday. It should be pretty fancy I'm told and apparently this blog will appear on there as well. And if you're reading this post-sunday it is pretty fancy and this blog is on there/here...
This month I've been all over the show, drunk for a large part of it - but this weekend I will be at the The Victoria with my soul mates Televised Crimewave for it's one year birthday. it's free entry and should be the best fun.
Monday, 17 August 2009
We've been on holiday for the past two weeks and were recording pretty constantly up until that point, as such the break was pretty damn rewarding. But now the holiday season is over and as a result we're back in the studio recording again. New songs should hopefully be here before our very exciting show playing once again with our friends the Veils @ the Scala.
But as with when you're school and the first piece of work set when returning from summer holidays is to write about them, regarder:
I went to Norway. It was good and did not rain much. When i was in norway I visited friends in bergen who took me to the lost weekend festival where i saw kukmuthafucka who were good though the drinks were expensive. i also went to Oya in oslo where i saw accidents never happen and fever ray who were good. It was also good to see my english friends who were on the northern europe sections of their tours. It rained lots on sunday and I saw Harrys Gym who where good. i saw of beirut also who were good but it was raining so i went to the pub.
Friday, 17 July 2009
Tuesday is rapidly approaching and we are getting very excited to play again with the wonderful hjaltalin. Coupled with the fact that we will be recording this weekend it's going to be a busy couple of days.
Friday, 10 July 2009
anyway - i don't know any more details for the gig but if the last time we shared a stage is anything to go by this will be another mark in his.......[I refuse to finish that sentence].
In other news we've been rehearsing a bit, wriiting a little, and enjoying having a studio lots and lots. It's our aim to get some new recordings done so as soon as the vocal booth and the control room have been built that's what we'll do.
Sunday past was graham's birthday so we all went to the alma street festival in Kentish Town to celebrate. Roots Manuva played...it was rubbish...well i think it was roots manuva. by 6 o'colck the PA had blown and I couldn't tell what was going on. whoever it was, they were rubbish. Following this we all ended up at the Torriano where Kerrigan has a cocktail named after him. Fact. It tastes like Hubba Bubba.Fact.
For anyone going to see Emmy the Great this August Kerrigan will be playing piano for her at a load of festivals. I can't remember what festivals but I'll find out and post i on here.
Monday, 29 June 2009
last friday i saw not cool at the victoria who its fair to say are the best band i've seen in a very long time.
Friday, 19 June 2009
but a lot has happened in the past 6 weeks - too much to recount in one post. Its like when you don't go to the hairdresser for half a year and they ask you how you've been...
'...erm. I've been to bournemouth. that was alright.'
thats my stock answer. to be honest I don't think i ever have been to bournemouth, and to be extra honest - not that honesty is something quantifiable - it's not like you can be more honest or extra honest, you're just honest or you're not. its the same with deception. i think. it probably is, but this is too metaphysical for right now so i'll get back to the point in hand which is i 've never really got the hang of hairdressers. I'll go into one if I'm aware i need a haircut but never with a desired outcome. its quite a recipe for disappointment.
but in So Say So news, we have a new studio. it's big and bright and doesn't make you want to throw up when the pub next door flushes their toilets. I'm looking at you redchurch street.
in other news our good friend alex turvey has been receiving some ridiculously good press lately such as this and this. so congratulations to him.There's nothing better in this world there seeing a successful half greek-cypriot, because god knows their aren't many of us.
and also in other news our friends portasound are on a Huw Stephens compilation also featuring our friends hjaltalin.
i promise to never go 6 weeks without an update. promise.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
In other news, Glenn, Caroline and myself went to Thorpe Park last weekend. It was pretty ace truth be told but i felt well sick by the end of it. All the rides induced instant hangovers despite the fact i hadn't drank the night before. The best was this big old pendulum type thing which just swang forth and back repeatedly.
Our friend Dansette Junior is playing Punk tonight which we'll all be going to. If you can make it down I believe he is on at 21.30 and entrance is free before 21.00.
Finally, I've been listening to loads of Bullet Union recently and spending loads on comics. Plus we're all at the Breeders ATP next weekend.
Friday, 24 April 2009
We have maybe four new songs we're working on that moment and they're all sounding pretty fantastic. watch out for Matters - it's going to sound amazing.
In other news...I saw The Big Pink at the ICA last night. I think they were good - my friend has just started doing vocals for them and when i know someone in a band I generally lose all objectivity.
...Anvil is amazing. I went to a late night screening at the rio the other day. It's a truly beautiful film.
That's it - we're reharsing all weekend so will probably miss out on the best of the sunshine but it'll be worth it.
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
We're now on twitter. A website I'm still in the process of loathing, though I'm sure I'll come round. Follow us to receive up 160 characters worth of eloquential literary joy.
As mentioned in a previous post we're not playing live for a bit as we continue to work on new songs...but when we do come back we're playing with the brilliant Hjaltalin at the Borderline on the 21st of May. Tickets are £9 on the door - but only £5 on our cheap list.
And in other news:
I caught up with Haunted Stereo the other day at their show in Kilburn. They are actually my favourite band in the world at the moment and their new stuff is sounding brilliant - dark and sexy but still vibrant and organic. They're playing in Putney at the Half-moon tomorrow. Also playing tomorrow are our good friends Portasound at the Victoria which I think I'll be venturing to. Oh - and of course the brilliant The Good Gods are playing Cargo tonight for Attitude Is Everything which I'll also be going to
Finally - I've been watching a lot of this show recently. Now I don't have a television so I don't know basically anything about whats on these days, but I think its safe to assume that this is probably the best thing on it.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Our next gig will be in May and it's going to be bloody amazing. it's a pretty fantastic lineup. more details to follow shortly.
in other news Jeion moves to lovely dalston on saturday, right round the corner from me. Everyone else is sodding off on holiday for a week.
Monday, 23 March 2009
In other news we were back in the rehearsal room today and there's a lot of good stuff going. Jeion and I have some lovely new peddles we've been playing with which are really helping produce a much richer and full sound.
This week i've been listening lots to Baltimore's finest Steve Hefter and Friends of Friends, as well as our good and incredibly talented friends Haunted Stereo. Definitely worth checking both out.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
I think our brand of euphoric pop came as a bit of a surprise to the non-So Say So audience, given that the two support bands languish in that ‘oi, oi’ lad rock indie scene that the guardian seems to insist is out the window (see pidgeon detectives/kaiser chiefs/kasabian for reference (and no, I wont be linking to them)). But regardless the gig went ace and the sound and lighting people were lovely.
Unfortunately our show last night meant we couldn’t make it to our friends Televised Crimewave’s single launch but they’re very good and we encourage you to have a listen…and repeat.
Next Thursday (26th) we’re playing Jamboree in Limehouse which I’m led to believe is a swell warehouse conversion type venue. This will be our last gig for a month or two as we’re heading back into the rehearsal rooms to concentrate on writing. We’re also looking to get a few new synths so expect fireworks come May/June.
For those interested below is the list of gigs we’ve played:
Friday 14 November – Luminaire, Kilburn,
Tuesday 16 December – The Macbeth, Shoreditch,
Thursday 8 January – The
Thursday 5 February – The Macbeth, Shoreditch,
Thursday 19 February – 229,
Friday 6 March – Luminaire, Kilburn,
Tuesday 17 March – Hoxton Bar and Grill, Shoreditch – So Say So, 12 Bullets, The Baskervilles
Friday, 13 March 2009
Sunday, 8 March 2009
on friday we played the luminaire and it was pretty special. there's a video of the recording so i'll edit it down at some point and post it on here.
Friday, 27 February 2009
I thought there was a currently listening to section on blogs?...apparently not. to be fair i'm not listening to anything at the moment but if i were it'd probably be the marvelettes. i fucking love the marvelettes - i guess if i'm completely honest I've always had a soft spot for any manufactured popp band as long as they're good. like tatu. did you know they were put together by a russian psychologist who determined that basically what people like is lesbians and young looking girls in school outfits.
MORE IMPORTANTLY HOWEVER there are exciting times ahead in the world of So Say So. we've got a whole host of new equipment from amps to preamps to drumkits to violin pickups which we can't wait to use and can't wait to marvel you all with. this friday we're playing the luminaire - guest list only i'm afraid. i freaking love that venue. i'd quite happily play there everynight until my fingers fell off. following that...as in 12 hours later...we're back in the studio laying down some tracks which you'll be able to hear shortly. and following that graham and i are going to the imax to see the watchmen. i can't attest to kerrigan, jeion or caroline's whereabouts.
so busy times ahead for us all.