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 d├ębut 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