Three of the six tracks we recorded in our rehearsal studios for our new "Word Of Mouth EP". To download the EP for free head to wordofmouthep.com
Our first EP release. With four interlinking videos directed by our friend Jack King. This EP is still on special offer on iTunes - all four songs for just 99p. It probably won't be available at this price for much longer.
As you’re probably aware we recently jumped in a van and played a handful of shows on our latest UK tour. This included a sold-out show at London’s Scala where we finally felt like we’d arrived as a band (the whole front row knew every word, that was major), even though we know there’s a long way to go yet!
Here’s what it looked like…
Bin Jackson (sorry)
The AA save the day!
The whole touring gang, including the splendid Spring Offensive, the excellent Alice James (Tour Manager extraordinaire) and Paul Cooper (expert knob nudger and fader fondler AKA our sound man).
Thanks go out to all of the above and all of you who bought a ticket and came to a show.
We’re off with Dog is Dead next week which will be a tonne more fun.
Last month we went on the road with a little-known band by the name of Bastille. We took in the second half of their UK tour and were surprised to discover that so many people had heard of them that they’d sold the whole thing out! This was fantastic for us as we were able to play in bigger venues than usual (including Shepherds Bush Empire and Rock City) and acquire a dozen or so new fans. We’d like to thank Bastille for having us alongside them and wish them all the best as their relentless global takeover continues!
The crowd at Rock City were passionate about triangles.
This counts as art in Cardiff. I’m serious.
In Oxford, some restaurateurs have taken population control into their own hands.
built this bridge in Bristol. His middle name was 'Kingdom', which explains why it’s so immense.
This pub doesn’t mess about.
Otto the two-legged Octopus pulled no punches.
Ian was certain that riding a plastic lion improved the taste of his pint.
I can highly recommend this.
Gigs were a daily occurrence.
Bastille joined us for ‘Choices’ each night which was always a treat.
Stage fright overwhelms Ian at Shepherds Bush.
Ben gets some rest to regain his zest.
You’ll have to ask Ralph what was happening here!
Shepherds Bush Empire were feeling the recession bite into their security budget.
Ralph and Dan play a game of tag live on stage. Honours even.
This week I have spent so much of my time on postage-related pursuits that I’ve felt a lot like this guy, only with a smaller nose.
Aside from addressing, wrapping, packing and stamping hundreds of envelopes full of our debut album, I’ve had three memorable posting sessions that I’d like to share with you. I’ve not flexed my writing muscles in while so there’s your warning. All names have been changed.
1. Tuesday 19th February – Marvellous Mandy
For those of you who haven’t heard of Beckenham through the Streets song Who Got The Funk (first album, track 10, 1 minute 17 seconds), it’s a sleepy London suburb inhabited by ex boxer Nigel Benn, middle class Conservative voters and me. It also has a fantastic post office. On Tuesday I spent an hour with Mandy and took her on a worldwide tour in an attempt to make the whole ordeal of sending our international orders more bearable. Mandy was a wonderfully friendly woman of advancing years and had got to the point in a woman’s life where the odd sprouting of chin hair is acceptable. She was also in dire need of a holiday. Whenever I asked her where she’d like to go next (with the parcels) she replied ‘somewhere hot!’ with wild, almost child-like enthusiasm. I ratcheted up the tension, each destination more exotic than the last. She loved the drama of it all, which I heightened by using the accents native to the people of each destination, and by the time we’d reached Brazil, our final destination, she was in a state of ecstasy. With a three figure bill and a receipt as long as my arm I left Mandy to her lunch break, which she probably spent at Thomas Cook on the high street.
2. Thursday 21st February -Toothy Dave
After an increase in foreign sales another trip to Beckenham Post Office was due. This time I was served without chitchat by a man I shall call Toothy Dave*. Dave was a man from a time before childhood orthodontics were commonplace, a time when braces held up your trousers or your weakened legs, instead of making your mouth look like an orgy of miniature iron men. Having had a brace as a youth I felt his pain, although I never had quite the tusks that Dave possessed.
That being said, Dave was well mannered, efficient and made up for his wild fangs with a set of immaculately trimmed fingernails. If he ever wants a career change then he’ll be playing vampires for the rest of his days. Thanks Dave, I salute you!
3. Friday 22nd February – Post Box Foie Gras and rugged Ray
Today I set about choking three local post boxes with all of our UK pre-orders. It was a mighty feat, aided by a large plastic bag and a wheeled suitcase as I swelled the sacks (not like that) of the local sorters in time for their weekend shift.
At post box number one on Copers Cope Road I met a chap named Ray who was a cross between Peter Stringfellow and the Hitcher from the Mighty Boosh. Here is a pictorial sum with the result drawn by me (sorry I wasn’t awake enough to ask for a photo).
He mentioned that I could probably have got a deal on such a large amount of mail. I agreed and gave him our band card when he discovered what I was posting. He’ll be Youtubing us tonight apparently.
At one point disaster struck when I found this amongst the parcels –
Having addressed hundreds of envelopes over the past couple of weeks it was inevitable that a fallible human being such as myself would make an error. If your album doesn’t arrive by this time next week then please let us know and I will write your name on the envelope as I intended. My apologies to whoever you turn out to be.
That’s almost it from me. I would just like to end by thanking you all for giving a self-employed (read under-worked) musician something to fill his hours with and bringing some meaning to his life by buying our music. We truly appreciate it.
Have a grand weekend listening to the albums when they arrive!
Yesterday I spent an hour sending pre ordered albums all over the world. I sent parcels to Germany, Spain, USA, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Italy, Malaysia and Brazil. Royal Mail are sweating!
They went out first class so should be with you soon, although it’s a long way for some of you so please be patient. I’m sending some more off tomorrow, but in the meantime here’s the proof (that long receipt is you guys, next to a regular-sized one).
Thanks very much for your support! We hope to tour the world one day and play in your own back yard, but until then keep enjoying what we do.
As the title suggests, you can get your ears around our debut album RIGHT NOW before it’s released! That’s right folks, we’re streaming Cannibals with Cutlery to you early because we’re so keen on you hearing it up front and in full, and because we’re impatient/over excited/pushy parents of the future.
You can still pre-order the album in digital and physical states of matter - iTunes will do you the former whereas we’ll do you the latter through our very own online store (click the pic) -
Go on, I dare you to buy several copies and tell everyone you know all about it… We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did writing and recording it. We really appreciate your support so thank you for everything.