Having waited patiently for our time, we were finally invited to play Barfly, a venue we all love. We’ve seen some great bands on that stage over the years so we were pretty pumped to get up there ourselves on the 4th for the notorious Jubilee Club night. The fact we even got the set together was a bit of a miracle. We’d already been forced to find a backup drummer with our stickman Lex on tour in the US. We turned to old friend Jonny Brister who, as an ex-Buzzard was a obvious choice. When he pulled out the Sunday before the gig we collectively shat ourselves.
Enter Toby Horton. What a consummate professional that man is. By Tuesday he was smashing the songs, which aren’t the easiest to learn in a hurry. By Wednesday any doubt about putting on a decent show had dispersed. He nailed it!
Toby, thank you for saving our feathers mate.
We’re heading back to headline Jubilee Club on the 19th February so he must have been doing something right! Watch the man himself getting right into it…
We’d barely reset from a late one (the last band, Treehouse Party, went on at 2am… they finished with “Killing in the Name”, to the abject delight of a rat-arsed faithful) before finding ourselves in Crawley the following night with our friends from Van Susans. We played a laid-back set of acoustic arrangements to a bar-full of friendly, christmassed-up Crawlians. The contrast from the previous evening was extreme, but I think we were all content with the more relaxed vibe…and the cheap bitter.
The next week continued relentlessly in a haze of mulled cider. By the time Friday came we’d almost forgotten to sort out saturday night’s boat party gig, where we’d agreed to play a short acoustic set. Friday night was spent swilling mediocre wine and crashing through songs (without Lewis and his bass; he was up in Manchester partying just a little bit more). Arranging our own version of ‘Lithium’ took no more than 15 minutes (miraculously). Rearranging our own ‘One Stone’ took us considerably longer as I watched the boys battle with year-long gig-encrusted muscle memory.
“Is it major or minor here?”
“Erm, does it matter?”
We decided it does.
Anyway, the gig went surprisingly well! Any whiskey-infused singalong on a packed barge on the Thames is going to be a laugh, really. And there were some right good bands that followed our humble little set. Bent Ref, in particular, were awesome. Powerful, QOTSA-influenced heavy grooves, played very well and with some massive drumming. We were surprised to hear it was their last ever outing. We’re going to go out of our way to remedy that if we can. We’d proudly play alongside such potent rockers. Janissary, too, deserve a mention. As expected they rocked the boat expertly. It’s definitely not the last we’ll see of those boys!
The rest of the month was spent hunkering down on our Pledge campaign. We’re using this brilliant crowd-funding platform to raise the funds for our debut release. Our EP ‘Songs of Prey’ is in the can but needs a fair bit of PR to get it the attention we reckon it deserves. Radio plugging, pushing to blogs and cutting CD’s are just a few of the costs associated with getting the music out there. Fingers crossed we’ll hit our goal and more so we can get our first offering to as many ears as possible. The campaign goes live on the 3rd of January and will be running until the 21st March 2016. Head over to Pledge to check out what we have on offer. Anything you buy gives us a massive helping hand. From music lessons and masterclasses to live house gigs and pre-filled disposable cameras (parental advisory), we’ve got quite a bit going on. Have a look and please Pledge kindly! Even a small contribution will make a massive difference to us.
Until then Hongus