It's been a busy week or so for us Fight The Dice boys. Having picked up our FORD TRANSIT MINIBUS (which is now known as "The Bandwagon"), we promptly had the Jacksons' dad Mick (the only person we could get insured on a Transit) give us lifts to and from our regular place of merriment and debauchery - Newport, Shropshire. After a wild Friday night in the 'Port, we headed to band practice at my place to make our final preparations for recording new song 'Wishes' with Arthur Walwin in Essex. And by preparations I mean stuff like kicking a football around whilst fighting over what to actually call the song. We take this stuff so seriously that kick ups are always involved when big decisions are to be made.
So that Sunday we threw some drums and guitars in the back of the bus and embarked on our first major expedition in the Bandwagon, with the most unstoppable summer playlist ever conceived by man blasting out of the stereo. And when I say that, I mean that we were listening to a mix CD my dad made over a decade ago. The guy knows his stuff. After checking into our Premier Inn, we promptly got back in the Bandwagon to visit one of Sam's flatmates from university, whose parents had kindly offered to do a barbecue for us and it was the BEST. BBQ. EVER. FOR REALS. There was even a swing ball set. The food was good too. It's not like the guy's dad was a chef or anything. OH WAIT HE WAS CHEF. Unfortunately, the sausages were so juicy that I got pork fat all over my crotch when I put my knife in one. Yep, sausage fat right where my own sausage was resting. With our stomachs truly satisfied we returned to the hotel to watch some footy with a few drinks at the bar. USA vs Portugal was yet ANOTHER cracking World Cup match. Have you been watching the World Cup? Apart from that whole thing where England fell over the first hurdle and broke their nose it's been SENSATIONAL. You don't even know.
Now for actual proper band stuff. We recorded a new song last Monday! Yes, indeed! We got the aforementioned top fellow Arthur Walwin to do it and it sounded awesome, even when it was half done so we're very very very confident that you guys are gonna love it. We were a little worried when we arrived at what is actually his parents' house but he has an amazing makeshift setup using things like cat flaps to get cables from room to room without leaving doors open everywhere. You've probably seen pictures of us recording drums and vocals in what looks like someone's front room. That's because it was someone's front room.
"What's the actual song like?" I hear you ask as you're reading this. Well, if you've seen us live in the last year or so you've probably heard it and know it best as "This Song Doesn't Have A Name Yet". As previously mentioned, it does finally have a name - 'Wishes'. With vocals packed with emotion, soaring guitars and driving rhythms, it's both totally awesome and absolutely heartbreaking. Though my favourite thing about it is that we finally fit a three part vocal harmony into a song. I love harmonies. They're the best. Next step - four part vocal harmonies. I will be victorious.
Next on the agenda after a fine day of recording, was getting ourselves ready for a weekend spent mostly in Shrewsbury. In shock turn of events, Ben fell ill on Wednesday and couldn't attend practice!!!!11!!! Such drama!!!! Long story short, he was fine on Saturday for our final practice before heading over to the BBC Radio Shropshire HQ for our triumphant return to the airwaves - having played our previous session in Spring last year. Trying to watch as much football as we could between being on air, we played Oh Me, Oh My followed by three unreleased new songs and a cheeky cover at the end. All those tracks plus an interview with Sam and Jamie can be found on the BBC iPlayer if you're reading this before about 10pm on the 6th of July. If you're too late, tough.
We're now up to Sunday 29th of June, have you been keeping track? In glorious sunshine we played to a massive crowd of people who'd been stuffing their faces at the ever expanding Shrewsbury Food Festival. A fine day to round off the first stage of our world-dominating summer. Especially as we got to see our friends Louis Coupe and the Rooz play after us. They're always super fun and you might recognise Louis because he once had an audition on The Voice.
And now we reach the present day. I've spent a couple of train journeys writing this blog and am now in Leeds ready to move all my stuff down the street to where I'll be living for my second year at Leeds College of Music. I'll be taking it easy this week but you best believe that as soon as I'm back with the boys we'll be tearing up the UK again straight away.
See you soon,