Since my last release in 2012 I have stayed on the road for the majority of time trying out new material.
I am not overjoyed and a little nervous to present to you the 1st new material in 4 years.
I hope you enjoy 🙂
My thanks to all the crew for their hard work:
Mark Garvey, Jorden Harvey, Jessica Gray, Al Jones, Ashley Wintle, Gemma Westwood, Alex Macey, Harry Oxborrow, Jack Richardson, Kieron Musicka
My Pet Junkie return to the live Fray once again tomorrow following 18 months out while members toured or begun a family.
We will return to play 2 shows over the next couple of weeks:
Club 85, Hitchin (Headline slot 10pm) 30/12/15
Horn Reborn, St Albans (Opening slot 9pm) 5/1/16
For any folks who have not heard of my band Here’s a a bit of info and some videos:
We formed originally in 1998 with Leon Camfield, Richard Porter and Scott Harrison. In 2001 Julia Bell joined what became the line up that still exists today.
We released our first 4 track EP in 2000.
Our second EP got released in 2001 and led to us getting a deal with RiverRun Records.
RiverRun released two discs with us. The Single ‘Overhanging’.
And The Album ‘When You’re Not Busy’
Having rehearsed for the first time in a long time today I can honestly say I can’t wait 🙂
Our last show took place in Camden town early into 2014, Here’s a couple of photos from that night.
All shots taken by Porthole Photography.
If anyone wants any of our music please message me and I’ll endeavour to send you some mp3’s.
In a nutshell Horizontoer is a touring festival that travels around by boat.
30 people per boat – 6 boats = ……lots of people!!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh_hPY7MmtY (the video is a sped up lazy day on the boat. I am briefly rushing through the shot to make it to my gig on time)
In 2012 I was invited for the first time to participate and I had a frankly amazing time. What really stuck in my mind about the experience was how as the festival unfolded a sense of community began. To spend a long weekend or even a week sharing the space with the same people allows the time to really get to connect. Add to that the fact the tour is 10 days and the festival is spent travelling together.
2 years later and I am back involved and relishing the thought not just of experiencing the journey once again but also to reconnect with some of the wonderful souls 2 years down the track.
All the details of when I will play are listed on this site. But for the details of the whole festival and more please visit here. (sorry it is all in Dutch)
And learn of all the performers on this teaser video:
Following the completion of the Horizontoer I will embark upon a mainland Europe tour finishing in October.
Working with friends from The Dan Tien in Watford
A part of the Imagine Watford festival season
Fri 20 Jun – 1.55pm, 6.45pm
Sat 21 Jun – 2.50pm, 5.15pm
A 20 min dance performance set with music and narrative.
A restauraunt beginning an ordinary evening service discovers that every table has been double booked! The solution? Share the tables around between courses without the customers realising… Set to live music, this specially choreographed dance performance sees the staff desperarely distract, deter and detain their eclectic mix of customers.
As with the topsy turvy touring life things shift and heave in directions without control or warning.
Not the best start to the year I thought when I found out my debut show of 2014 in Holland has been cancelled 2 days prior to performance. But this is the nature of the beast.
I will still be venturing to Netherlands to perform a private show and hopefully the Friday night show which was scheduled to take place in Tiel will be be either rescheduled for the Sunday or a new location will be found.
Either way it’s a reminder of the unpredictability of this job.
More news as and when.
After an afternoon hanging out in Verona with the folks at Italian Label Starquake Records I made my way with Andrea to Vicenza where we readied for my return show there. Andrea again was mindbogglingly patient and respectful as we wrestled for a while with getting the sound right with the room.
The venue itself has been open since shortly after the 2nd world war and is now run by the grand daughter of the original owners. It maintains that cool vintage mystique and feel. There are Vinyls lying around next to gramaphones. Which can by utilized in a number of ways 😉
The vibe that night was mellow and I played a super long extended set more focused on the mellow. Rare performances of Time Lost Tradition, City at Night and a Solo version of Dare We Claim Victory also got a dusting down.
A lovely warm and friendly crowd. We even got drunk and talked politics after the show. A Bad Idea!!!
Before Your Very Eyes (Atoms For Peace Cover)
After a lazy morning after the show in Montecarotto, Andrea and myself embarked upon 4 hours in a car on the frantic Italian highway north.
Once again the game of the chicken is here says Andrea with that thick Italian twang. By the time of arrival it is pissing with rain but inside the venue is chaotic and busy.
We soundcheck and then have a feed and a chill. The staff at Eden are lovely and full of smiles.
My set of songs is more or less upbeat through out due to the crowd and my need to hold court amongst the bussell. But mellow numbers from my Debut album do get a look in a couple of times.
After the show I met many very kind people and a good few had caught me the year before when I played there. I was a thrill to hear them say which tunes they were glad I had played and which ones they wanted to hear. Sometimes just to know people care is all you need.
My deepest thanks to all who helped to make the night what it was and again to Andrea for all his help getting me to and around Italy.
Happy times 😀
Before Your Very Eyes (Atoms for Peace Cover)
My arrival to the land of pizza, pasta and openly bizarre politics occurred the day before. Over this time much quality coffee was drunk and I was finding the simple euphoric joy of being back on the road after a week or so stationary in London.
I was met by hard working Sanday Agency man Andrea at the airport and together we chilled chatted for the best part of that day.
The first show took place at a new venue for me but also for Italy called Osteria Sotto Le Mura. It was a great live space and a wonderful building. It was also run by a lovely friendly couple who were both musicians themselves and knew the nature of the touring life all to well. They had 2 crazy big dogs that went mental at the drop of a hat and bark and run with the enthusiasm of of a child after too much sugar. They were also so big it was tough to control them. But this only led to the comedy of the chaos.
My first Italian show was to a warm crowd and there were even some folks from the UK in the audience who had relocated to Italy a few years prior. the response was warm and lovely from the locals.
The sad fact was that the venue (like so many these days) was struggling to stay afloat because the majority of locals took no interest in live music. This is an all too common experience for me to encounter when talking to independent places. I really felt for these guys and left them an LP as they expressed a love for Vinyl and shared a copy of a record Alessandro had released a decade earlier.
This was also our the first release on the Italian label ‘Locusta’ who had gone onto become a substantial influence in the independent Italian music scene over the years.
Before Your Very Eyes (Atoms For Peace Cover)