Monday, 23 November 2009

Say I'm Sorry Out Today - November 23rd!

HOORAY!! Say I'm Sorry is out today and you can buy it, yes you can... here:

This single features "Say I'm Sorry"
A "Say I'm Sorry" remix by Stray Dogs In Paris
A tongue in cheek version of album track "Early Days"
And a German Version of "Say I'm Sorry" called Tut Mir Leid
The artwork is by the amazing Timothy T Winchester

And here's a link to the video for you to enjoy

Guten Tag!

Too much time in a van... yes, already!

So by a cruel twist of fate the only van we could find to hire to drive us to Liverpool was in fact a mini bus designed for German tourists and it had a 'speed limiter' on it so we could not exceed 60 miles per hour. The silver lining of this fact is that when there is severe rain and wind, one might not want to exceed 60 mph on the motor-way anyway; luckily we were confronted with some pretty bad weather.

The cruel twist of fate was compounded by the fact that because of some football match there was not 1 hotel we could stay at, in all of Liverpool... meaning that by hook or by crook we had to drive straight back to London after the gig.

The Age Of Reasoners are all good friends & usually pretty good conversationalists too... so we were able to while the hours away in the van talking and listening to bad 1990's compilations bought from local charity shops sparking a game of name that tune.

I think Barny lost the plot in Toddington services when he climbed into the wrong van though.

Day 3, November 21st, Liverpool: Zanzibar

So, Zanzibar is a nice place to play, the promoter from Peter And The Wolf (a band, not the Prokofiev) is a lovely bloke and we really enjoyed playing his night. Friendly crowd (quite stylish in a sort of "Where is Professor Flostre; is he giving a lecture at the cafe?" kind of way).

It's crazy how much effort a band will put in to play 45 minutes on a stage though, in fact... if I think too hard about it I might never do it! But it was fun and worth it and all that jazz.

Here I am sitting on stage while the line check commences (after happy hour at the Jacaranda where an entire round costs £8!! Us London folk were shocked and amazed by this fact).

The Jacaranda features a Stuart Sutcliffe mural and loads of Beatles paraphernalia. I just finished watching The Beatles Anthology over the past few weeks with the Sleep Thief so it was nice to be somewhere that has a little bit of Beatles history (I guess most of Liverpool does have some connection with The Fab Four, I wonder if Liverpudlians get sick of that?) Anyway, Emily Reasonette and myself agree that Stuart is the prettiest Beatle now that we've seen so many pictures of him. But all the Beatles have their charms of course.

When I meet someone who says they don't like The Beatles I just wonder, "How can that be?"


Concentrating Face

It's not easy to sing, play accordion and not pull a concentrating face from time to time... see?

This photo is by Steve Brummel, one of our very own Age Of Reasoners.
Snapped at London's fine Borderline venue.

Day 2, November 20th, London: Borderline

The life backstage is oh-so-glamorous can't you see? Here's moi, hair in rollers with Mike and Simon having some kind of philosophical discussion about Appalachian folk music or what makes a bear sing or how much that doggy is in the window or whatever.

Basically, if you give Simonpedia a subject to talk about he can pretty much go on for hours spouting off meaningful facts.

Mike is just jolly that he's not driving this evening.


Barny & Emily packing up

Emily Reasonette gets percussive packing up Barny's drums & this makes Barny really really joyous

Friday, 20 November 2009

Day 1, November 19th, Reading: Oakford Social Club

So it's day one of the tour and so far so good.  The Oakford Social Club reminds me of my Grandma Bea's old sitting room and the people there are super nice.  We played to an attentive audience and so day one = all good!

Here's a cute picture of Emma Reasonette looking pensive after soundcheck... more to come, watch this space!