June 30, 2014

Barricades Rise – FAIL

We really have been slack with the blog lately. I can’t believe it has been two months since we updated it with a new post. For that, we apologise 🙁
In one of the first blogs of this year I wrote

“2014 will be a massive year for us on a band level. We hope to have album three written, recorded and out to you all before the end of the year, we have gigs building already, there are talks of maybe a live EP or an alternative take on our tunes EP and we really want to carry on building on what we have achieved over the last couple of years. “

Let me address these points;

New Album written, recorded and released before 2014 – FAIL
Basically we are writing it and do plan to get some studio time in but it will not be released or indeed finished this year. Three new tunes are already regulars in the set and more will follow. Reasons for our failure below

Gigs Building – FAIL
We have gigged this year and still have a couple left but they are not building and we will not be booking anything else this side of Christmas. Reasons for our failure below

Talks of a Live EP or an Alternative take on our tunes – FAIL
This remained firmly in the ‘Talked about’ phase. I really want to do this still and we shall pursue it but again, not this year. Reasons for our failure below

Building on what we have achieved over the last couple of years – FAIL(ish)
This cant be classed a a total fail as we have continued to build our fan base and get out to play to our existing fanbase as much as we could. New songs have been written and we do have plans. Basically we just couldn’t push as hard this year

So why have our 2014 aims failed?
Basically, to achieve our aims and goals in our personal lives, the band has had to be the fall guy for us both this year. Think ‘Batman – The Dark Knight’. “Batman (The Band) is the hero Gotham (me and Michael) deserves, but not the one it needs right now”. It’s obviously when I put it like that isn’t it?
Put simply, what we had going on outside the band this year has had to take priority. Michael has a massive venture that he has been working on for nearly two years about to come to fruition. The Big Comfy Bookshop will RISE (more Batman references) in September and I urge you all to check it out. It’s not just a bookshop, it’s the Bookshop Gotham deserves……sorry. Its more than a bookshop, it’s a cultural centre that he hopes to create and so far, it’s looking like he will achieve this.

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He got books, he sells books

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I’ve had a second child this year and that has obviously taken my attention away from most things. He is amazing and coupled with my two year old and my wife, I feel blessed and couldn’t ask for more. I’ve also used this downtime to concentrate on my photography and build a sideline that I’m so excited about. It has grown from something I had an interest in to a passion that I fuel daily. I have shoots booked in constantly and love creating images. You can check out my website and blog here.

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Daddy Time

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One of my pics from a recent photoshoot

So where does this leave the band?
In the same place it was really. It is still a massive part of our lives and one we intend to take further and move forward with. We are not stopping during this period and we are meeting and writing but just not gigging or announcing dates for anything right now. We will be blogging, we will be tweeting, we will be Facebooking and I still hope to be putting together a little Christmas present for you all (I realised I’ve said Christmas twice in this blog and it is still June!!!!)

So to sign off this post,  we are still alive and we love you all for your support.
Jonathan (and Michael)

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March 26, 2014

We’ve been writing new songs

Since Christmas we’ve not really got back into the swing of things. We’ve still been trying to meet weekly but a lot of the time, as my shop is edging nearer and Jonathan’s photography has taken off a little, plus toddlers, it’s been difficult. However, we have still be writing and trying to squeeze in gigs. Although we only have a handful booked we’re going to try to get as many new songs in these sets as possible.

Barricades Rise with Michael’s brother Rob

We have currently played two new songs a few times. ‘All I Wanted Was A Lover’ is the more confident as we’ve played it more and worked out how we want it to sound. ‘Mexico’, the other tune, is slowly getting there and needs just a few tweaks. There are around 4-5 really good ideas going on too and last night when we met up we pretty much nailed a new song. It’d been the first song we’ve written together for a long time as All I Wanted Was A Lover was written by me and Mexico by Jonathan. This new one is a total 50/50 split both musically and lyrically. It’s a very fun bouncy song and if we manage to find time to work on it in April we may début it at our gig at The Maudslay on April 26th.

 

As we’ve been stuck in a rut we had a few long chats about what we expect and want this year. This lead to us asking my brother Rob to come along for a few sessions. Although we’ve only managed one session together we still ended up recording a great chilled version of our song Roundabouts (originally from All I Have Is Here). The idea was to film it using a three-camera technique which involves getting three cameras and pointing them at us. All this technical stuff seemed to have worked out. Here’s the finished video. It took about 2 hours from turning up, jamming, and having 3-4 takes so we’re thinking we’ll do more of them if we find time.

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Michael