It’s that time of the month again when we realise that we’ve become so preoccupied with band life and our own lives that we’ve forgotten to inform all our adoring fans (all three of you) what’s been going on. So sit tight; this should be a moderately exciting yet relatively unbumpy ride.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, stranded in the desert, an ocean or Calais, or have just become as increasingly disillusioned with social media as I have, you will know that we were recently back in the recording studio with our good friend and expert producer, Arthur Walwin. With the Mission Impossible theme tune ringing through our subconscious, we road-tripped down to Essex to carry out the seemingly monumental task of finishing off the EP we started recording back in September. Ben did an incredible job of nailing the vocals for four songs in a single day, and I have got to say I’m absolutely astounded by his work – he’s written some stunning lyrics and his voice is sounding better than ever. All the while, the rest of us tirelessly sat on sofas, stared at our phones and chuckled at Jim’ll Paint It, interspersed with the occasional inputting of string and tambourine samples and writing of spontaneous synthesizer melodies. A solid day’s work. The next day, with Sam’s friend Connor’s dad’s enormous barbeque still sitting deliciously in our stomachs from the night before (I ate the equivalent of about four meals #NoRagrets), we set to mixing each track. I could go on to describe the day in painstaking detail again, but the point is, the EP is (pretty much) finished. (Get excited round about now.) There’s still a few tweaks to make, and we still need to decide on artwork and song names etc. (we assume working titles such as ‘Donut’ and ‘Fondu’ aren’t quite sassy enough). But we’re well on the way to releasing some bangin’ tunes for the first time since Wishes was released over a year ago. These tracks have been on the go for at least a year each now, some of them for longer, so we know it’s been a long time coming, but we’re immensely proud of how they sound and of the music we’re writing these days, and we sincerely hope you share our enthusiasm once you hear it. We’re not sure of an exact time scale, but keep your eyes peeled over the next few months.
The other main bit of news is an upcoming gig. We had provisionally mentioned the possibility of a Birmingham gig coming up in November, but we have recently found out this has been moved to 24th October (we think this is a definite date, but obviously we’ll let you know if it changes again). This will be our first gig in a proper venue in just over a year, so it would mean the world to us if you could hop on a train to Birmingham with your friends, family and all those drunken acquaintances you made of people who held your hair back as you chundered for the fifth time at that grimy house party you went to back in 2009 to see us do our thing. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s entirely possible we’ll be playing the whole EP. Which is certainly worth coming to see, I promise you.
Now for a slight side note from EP releases and upcoming gigs. Some of you may remember Phil, my predecessor and drummer extraordinaire. He left the band at the start of 2014 in order to focus all his energy on his Mechanical Engineering degree, and has since been busy building and racing cars for Sheffield’s Formula Racing team, as well as landing a 12-month placement at Jaguar Land Rover. Suffice to say he’s been doing an incredible job of engineering mechanically (or is it mechanically engineering-ing? Whatever the verb is) and we’re all massively proud of him and his achievements since leaving the band. Top work, Phil, and the best of luck for the future.
While on the topic of people doing exciting things with their lives outside of the band, Sam is moving on from simply climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and will be leading his own team up Africa’s tallest free-standing mountain at the end of the summer. Last year the team raised over £100,000, so if you fancy helping him out and donating something, or simply want to wish him well on his adventures, just follow this link.
Oh, also, NEWSFLASH: WE ARE A BAND OF MEN! Ok, this might not seem so shocking and news-worthy, but Jack, Sam and I recently turned 21, meaning we are all (supposedly) responsible adults now. I think the sheer number of birthday cards I received saying “growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional” says it all though.
Anyway, I think that’s more or less all we have going on. We’re extremely excited about the next few months and we hope you are too. We’re continuing to write new music as well – Jack and Ben have been presenting us with some mesmerising demos, and I’m doing my best to use that 1st I (somehow) got in my music degree to contribute something worthwhile too. Until next time though (less than a month, I promise), stay classy, San Diego.