Monthly Archives: December 2009

#13. Happy Christmas + LONDON SHOW!

Happy Christmas everyone! Hope you’re all having a great time! We certainly are, just had a phone call from a very hungover Hattie who vows to not drink again (ha!).

So yes, we have a London show. Here are the details:

MONTO WATER RATS

25TH JANUARY

YAY!

Can’t wait to play the new songs to people, it’s gonna be mega. Like this:

Before i forget, check this band out:

http://www.myspace.com/redmanred-  they are awesome.

Right im off to get a little bit drunk with some rather super people, ace.

Vodka, Gin and Whiskey are at the ready. This is our style:

Right, no time to waste.

Sam xxxxxx

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#12. Girls of the Opposite Sex

We had our last practices of 2009 this weekend. And in my opinion, they were the most productive and exciting of a long time. Saturday we finished 2 songs and really made some changes that everyone agrees make the songs so so much better. I’m extremely excited for people to hear them! We have initially named one “girls of the opposite sex” after Gary got all confused and came out with it.

We all went out Saturday night and somehow didn’t fall over whilst quite drunk (although Darren did ski to work Friday, so he’s a real pro these days). We went to see the awesome Rodeo Death Burger, their singer, Foster, is one of the best/funniest frontmen I’ve ever seen.

Sunday was then a slow start as Darcy couldnt stop shouting “brutes manuva” for at least the first 2 hours of practice. We then finished another 3 songs and again, the changes we made have really made the collection of new songs we have now feel like a record. We’re still going to keep writing, but there are already a good few songs I know will definitely be making it on the final tracklist. Cant wait.

So yeah, everyone’s gone back home to receive terrible presents and to be constantly asked the question “so are you famous yet” and “so do you earn lots of money now?” by distant relatives.

I shall leave you with some pictures you might like 🙂

Pretending to like eachother.

Sweet.

Navigate video

Lewarne

Eringa-Factor

Rampage

T In the Park

Right, we will see YOU at the Thrice shows. 2010 is going to be an extremly exciting year, and I can’t bloody wait. Thanks to everyone who has helped over 2009, it was incredible. Here’s to the same and more 🙂

Sam xxxx

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#11. Atticus Tour Diary!

Here’s a little sonsin sonsin from our Atticus shows we played last month. Crackin’.

It’s mainly Gary doing what Gary does best, we’ll let you work out what that is.

Sam x

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#10. Bands of 2009

I went to see Paramore last night with some friends, they were bloody great.

Anywayyy,

I thought I’d post some stuff that we’ve been taking influence from during this year, because I know i’m always interested in seeing what bands are listening to.

Heres a rough list, mainly bands I’ve been checking out but I think its safe to say it covers most of us (Darren only listens to Lost Alone, The Beatles and Queen).

Reuben, Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, Wintersleep, Funeral for a Friend, Thursday, Thrice, Save Your Breath, Architects, Paramore, Dinosaur Pile Up, Pulled Apart by Horses, The Xcerts, This City, Heels Catch Fire, Eddie Murphy, Converge, Tegan and Sara, Biffy Clyro, Everytime I Die, Death From Above 1979, Rival Schools, The Get Up Kids, Refused, Saves the Day, Bat For Lashes, Sunny Day Real Estate, Sometime Never, Brotherhood of the Lake, Aereogramme, Editors, Brides, Alexisonfire, Tiger Please, 65 Days of Static, Underoath, Idlewild. Many many many many more.

Sam. x

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#9. A Little new song update.

ITS BLOODY FREEZING isn’t it? I’m literally sitting at my laptop with 500 layers on.

I’m currently waiting for my silly camcorder to finish finalizing some videos from the Atticus tour for me to edit and show you lot, and thought I’d give you a small update on some new shiny songs we have!

You’ll have to bare with me, becuase not all of them have proper names (even though Darcy does tell me most of them, i dont remember/prefer my funny ones).

So, here they are:

Bobby- we play this live now and is personally my favourite track we’ve ever written.

Accidents and Emergencies- This is a slower song, which to me sounds a bit like a happier Brand New.

In the Court of the King- Darcy pretty much wrote this by himself (isnt he clever?!) and I came up with a Manchester Orchestra style drum beat and away we went. This is proper Darcy at his best I think, and i cant wait to play it live.

We are so far from Home- This is now a regular in our live set. Darren seems to write faster and faster guitar parts. This one ended up at 180 bpm and playing it is often related to sitting in a fast as fuck rollacoaster. Listen carefully at the start of this song and you’ll normally hear me or Gary shout “oh noes, here we gooooo”. Because we are sad.

If you could see yourself- This has made a few appearences live also, imagine Alexisonfire if George was a Hattie and Dallas was Darcy.

Broken Tapes- We finished this off last practice, it was super long but we gave it a quick diet and now it sounds super good. Drum wise, i’d say its Bloc Party mixed with Brand New. Cool huh? It has probably one of our best choruses to date!

I’m Scared of the Sea- Hattie wanted a happier song so decided to write one so sugary it gives most listeners diabetes. Not the end of the world though, its still very dark in places, and has the best middle 8 we’ve ever written.

‘DOOM’- Not its final name sadly, but because this is the song Hattie wanted to write thats the opposite of Scared of the Sea ^. After around 4 hours of arguing the toss we managed to find a balance of doom and non-doom. I have a wicked time playing with Gary at the end of this (oo-err) because we decided it’d be best to play as far behind the beat as possible, which makes it feel huuuge.

‘1-2-4’- named after Hatties inability to count to 4 on this song, it has a crazy beginning which we spent a long time working out. Worth it though, because its something we’ve never done before, and whilst it is quite techy, we managed to make it sound very subtle and pretty. It’ll be making its way into our set very soon, as soon as we can work out stopping after 4 hey Hattie.

‘Quiet’- The latest song we’ve started on, Hattie started writing a really beautiful guitar and vocal, and we decided it’d be best to have Kevin (my drum machine/sampler) playing on it, at least at the start. Then perhaps we have a huge instrumental chrous at the end. It’s all yet to be decided 🙂

‘Gary Song’- Orignally title or what? No prizes for who came up with the basis of this song. This is very Saves the Day, still needs a few tweaks but is sounding very nice indeed.

There are obviously a load more half finished songs, but i wont bore you anymore with miniscule details. Its great to have so many different sounds coming together to create a sound that is unique to our band. Its very exciting when you hear them all in a row and there is an underlying theme to them all, even when they sound completely different. As a drummer as well, I’d like to think i play a very big part in the arrangement and rhythms of the songs. This next record is going to sound out of this world, and i cant wait to record it and show everyone!

These are the records I’ve been listening to lately:

Tiger Please- They Dont Change Under Moonlight

Architects- Hollow Crown

Aereogramme- My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go

Rival Schools- United by Fate

Thrice- Beggers

Brand New- Your Favorite Weapon

Check em’.

-Sam xxxxxxxxxx

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#8. Christmas Dog.

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#7. Thrice Thrice Thrice.

Hi there, good news for all you cool northern kids- we’re coming up your way with a rather incredible band called Thrice on tour in Janurary. If you havn’t heard of them then perhaps you live under a rock and then that presents the question how are you reading this? Yeah, thought so.

We are all super super super excited, for me personally, I grew up listening to Thrice, so it’s a very special set of shows.

The dates are as follows:

Jan 18th: Leeds Cockpit

Jan 19th: Glasgow Garage

Jan 20th: Manchester Academy 2

Jan 21st: Cardiff Solus

Jan 22nd: Nottingham Rescue Rooms

Tickets are here! http://www.stereoboard.com/thrice-tickets.html

Cardiff is going to be big fun party night, sweet.

Thrice are then supporting Brand New, along with Glassjaw at Wembley Arena on the 23rd of Jan, which is going to be INSANE.

I dont have a ticket but will just hide in a Thrice hardcase and get out in London. Deal.

Thanks for reading, we had lots of great meetings with some really nice and clever people today, so fingers crossed we’ll have lots of good news for you in the near future!

We now have a shiny new practice room (when i say shiny, i mean there are no windows but at least it has doors). We wrote some very nice songs in it yesterday, and i cant wait to show everyone what we’ve come up with.

Right, I’ll leave you to get back to watching Thumbman:

Never gets old.

Ever.

Sam xxxxx

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