We had our first live radio interview and performance and, I'm not gonna lie, I've developed a taste for it... ;) We were invited along to BBC Radio Shropshire to appear on the Introducing show on Saturday night. Hosts, Josh and Rob made us very comfortable - Rob even treated us to some of his fiance's birthday cake (but shhh) - and we had a great time larking about in the BBC.
When it came to the first song, I have to admit, I was bricking it; for some reason knowing, not only that we were playing to a load of people we couldn't see, but also that it was a LIVE recording, was terrifying. As it went on, though, I got more comfortable, and managed to relax. After that, it was just a case of making sure none of us went for a whiz too close to when we were meant to be playing...
I really enjoyed the interview, doing my absolute best to be informative as well enjoying having a chat with Josh and Rob, but the highlight, as it turns out, was Jack. Our beloved Mr Turner, while live on BBC radio, insightfully pointed out that everybody loves penguins. If you want to know how that conversation came about, I suggest you go have a listen, but believe me, if you do listen to any of the show, the interview (1.19 on the show on iPlayer) is worth it just for that.
We played four tracks, including "Didn't You Know?"(1.39), which, as the band will tell you, was an inclusion I was GLORIOUSLY happy about: To elaborate, in order to keep our live shows as energetic as possible, we usually stick to playing our more upbeat... LOUDER songs, but this, of course, means that some of our quieter, often more meaningful songs get a little left behind, as such, I will always jump at opportunities for you guys to hear the more heartfelt side of Fight The Dice, particularly as some of those songs mean a lot to me. So go have a listen to that too.
The other request I have is that you go and check out the last song we played, Oh Me, Oh My - AKA Penguin (1.50), because it's brand, SPANKING new, and we want to hear what you think. Tweet us, message us, or - hell - send a messenger pigeon if you must, but we want OPINIONS!!
Another nuggets of news we've got for you is that we're playing our first Headline show at the O2 Academy 3 in Birmingham on the 15th of June. It should be an amazing night and we're really excited about it but we need you lot to make it a worthwhile night, so clear EVERYTHING else from your diary for that night, and keep your eyes on the website, the Facebook and the Twitter for updates and get ready to order your tickets.
On a side note, you may have seen some of the pictures from the radio studio, or one I posted on Twitter, of my face, looking decidedly more purple and swollen than usual. To fill you in, it's nothing to worry about, but the other night I was out with a few mates and after the club closed, when it was just me and one mate still waiting outside, a group of lads attacked us and I got the bejeezus kicked out of me. Apparently I look horrific (as people keep reminding me), but I just wanted to thank everyone for their kind words of support (including the odd threat directed at the guys who did it, particularly on behalf of my ripped trousers). They're much appreciated, and I love you for it, and - as an update - I'm well on the mend; I can see out of my right eye again, and my mug is gradually returning to the staple of mediocrity to which you guys are more used. There's no permanent damage as far as anyone can see so far, but I'll keep you updated if there's any change.
Anyway, here's that link to the radio session again, so go on, have a listen for the Penguins and my trousers...