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Lowdown Live

GIG PIC 1

I trundled down to Birmingham last weekend, Cajon strapped to my back (very useful as a seat when waiting around) for a gig with “The Lowdown”.  I posted the songs we recorded back in August HERE before I moved and since then they’ve carried on rehearsing (having beers and chatting) and have come up with a new set.  So eight months later I was sent the new songs, we had a very quick run through them on the stairwell of the Lamp Tavern in Dudley and on we went!

Pete, a long time friend and recent band member, had his gigging and guitar/vocal debut and it went really well.  I took along my Zoom R16 – the soundguy took a single feed from the desk straight into a mono-track so there wasn’t really much mixing I could do afterwards.  We only played five tracks and the soundguy forgot to send the guitar to the track for the first couple of tracks so i’m not going to post those.   Soooo……. here are three of them.  Much beer and sore head the following day to say the least….. folk’n’roll…….

I Don’t Know

Biding Time

Coming Home

Onto other things….. Part 3 of the bionic tentacle trilogy is currently being re-programmed and will be up sometime soon.  I’m still trying to juggle learning piano/recording/synthesis/software/drum programming/writing/theory/photography/drawing and spending too much time not doing any of it!

I’ve also added a links page HERE to just a few of the pages or places I enjoy, so check it out!

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Moving up Norf

Six months ago if you’d told me I was moving to Manchester and becoming a landlord then I’d have asked you what you’re talking about.  If you asked me now, then I just reply “well duh, that’s exactly what I’m doing”.  Because that’s exactly what I’m doing.  Out of nowhere, I’ve found a new job, we’ll be renting a city centre flat and my house in the Black Country will be up for rent!

Manchester

Big and exciting changes ahead.  Music wise, this mean I lose out big in a couple of areas (family and friends aside).

Firstly I can’t play in the really cool acoustic group, Lowdown, with Matt and Al.  I’ve been playing music in some form or other with these guys since…er….. the late nineties.  They haven’t even laughed much about me trying to learn piano.  We recently did a day recording session at my house so at least we have a snapshot of the songs we’ve been playing (if I ever get round to mixing it), but I’m gutted not to be able to carry on with it!  As its so hot we played out in the garden the other night with Pete who’s recently joined and had a really chilled out jam through a few songs.  Matt’s double bass was booming down the street, and it sounded ace! Happy days.

Secondly, I wont be able to have piano lessons with Kata anymore.  She’s been forced through my (often painful) playing for a year which probably deserves some kind of medal.  The lessons have been great – I was incredibly lucky to find such a skilled player and teacher (even if she does tell me all the time that English people are weird), and she has been a good inspiration, so I’ll definitely be missing that too.

I took the image above in an abandoned building in the Ancoats area of Manchester City Centre.  It used to be a school, or some kind of art college and has all sorts of remnants of times gone by strewn around, including scribblings on the walls, sinister looking plastic figures and posters from the kids who used to stop there.  In fact, its quite creepy – the big tough contractors I was working with actually said they didn’t like working there or walking round there alone.  “Wimps!” I thought, as I quickly scuttled out in the safe, bright sunshine…..

Here’s a couple of picture of our garden rehearsal the other day (sorry neighbours).

band-1

band-2

Cajon

(A cajon without a pilot)

Tiki Bar

Tiki Bar

The first Bucket of Tentacles collaboration jam, featuring Matt – stage name Watty Shafthopper – playing ukulele and his new double bass (which is ace!).  Unrehearsed for both of us, so excuse any dodgy notes or timing!

Technical note: Whilst playing his double bass, Matt breathes like a horse.  I tried EQ, de-noisers, putting toilet paper in my earholes, but it still sounds like he has a WWII gas mask on.  We might have to put a ventilator on him next time 🙂