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