Thursday, December 30, 2010

North and Parker Exeter Cavern 29th Dec 2010

About 2 weeks ago, I though, Hummm, I wonder who’s playing the Cavern in the next few weeks, and just by chance I sent Dave at the Cavern a text to see if there was any support slots going, and good as he is came back with a gig straight away Dave top man as ever.

Anyhow, on the day of the gig because of the snow we hadn’t had much chance to go through the set so we had to do it in the afternoon, we did a short set of about 26 minutes so we were able to run through the set a couple times. One thing that worried me was that I haven’t done an electric gig for so long, doing the acoustic stuff has been great and I’ve really got the hang of it, but the electric is still a little tricky and I’m mostly referring to the vocal side of things here.

So we pile in to the cavern and there is plenty of time to grab chips always a good thing to do. Dave even bought us a round of drinks, marvellous.

There were 3 bands on, sound checks all went pretty well, our stage time was 8.30 and it was good to see a good number of friends there. One thing I was aware of was that the vocal microphone was very loud, I did ask the sound guy to turn it down and it was booming at me on stage, the result was I tried to compensate for it, and that only means one thing for an in experienced singer like myself, it sounded wobbly!

As far as the other on stage sound aspects are concerned the mix was perfect, I could hear everything else, and myself and Niall played really tight, there was no bum notes to speak of, I have expanded a lot in some of the solos, mostly down to the influences of my guitar less with Reeves back along, and listening to the recording, I am very disappointed with the vocals, hopefully this will be rectified when I finally get a singer for Secrets for September.

So we played:

To Behold
Wait for Yesterday
Is Space Found?

Not a bad selection of songs, mostly new, with a brief visit to the past, The flanger on my Polychorus gave me probably the most will Goth guitar sound that I ever had!!!

Next band up were Morning Rush, a nice selection of quality acoustic guitars on stage I noticed, they have gone for the 90s acoustic almost indie sound, think that Deep Blue Something Breakfast at tiffanies song and you get the idea, they had a lot of fans, most were probably not born when I first played at the cavern, thus making me and my comrades feeling particularly old, to the point that Kal and co left early! Its always a much more mature audience at the Picturehouse you see.

Above Morning Rush

Once they did there bit The Quails came one, now this is a band I know of more by reputation than actually seeing them. 4 piece indie guitar rock band with a bit of synths here and there, very of the time band if you know what I mean, and they are doing very well though I wouldn’t have used Plymouth city centre as a backdeop for a music video!

One of the best bands I saw this year was Show of Hands the Exeter folk rock band that sell out the Royal Albert Hall every time they play, well the main mane Steve Knightly was in the audience (His nephew is in Morning Rush) and was watching our set, I was a little in aw of someone so top of there game being in the audience of a sat of ours that I felt was below par, under normal circumstances id have said hello, but best stay quiet on this.

So not the best performance, still plenty to learn from it but a good way to round off the year.

Friday, December 24, 2010

23rd Dec 2010 another great night at the Picturehouse

Well last night was a really fun gig, by far the best one of the year I reckon. Started off a bit differently a friend of ours wanted to sing a song, so we did a cover of Stuck In the Middle with Ellie on vocals and Lee-Anne played bass, this went down very well indeed.
Ellie had never sung before in public and really enjoyed it.
Then it went to my set, I hadn’t really prepared the set just gone through a few songs at hope, as it turned out it was a varied set and went on for about an hour!

Set List:

Stuck in the Middle (with Ellie and Lee-Anne)
Fortunes Light
(Played on a Mandolin)
Blue Sky


Don’t Look Back (Lloyd Cole song)

Close Down

To Behold

Carnival Of Souls


Love is a spirit
(Arthur Brown song)
The Widow’s Blame
(with a very extended guitar solo)

After the set we were treated to an encore of The mighty Super Punk Muffins Goth Detectives quality stuff, and a Quality night.

On the way home we went into Ali’s kebab shop in Newton for some food, and met a guy working there called Mehmet who played the Saz guitar, a wonderful sounding instrument I had a little go and it was very easy to make a tune up, but he was the master, was like our very own after show gig to go with out chips.
Was a great gig, roll on Wednesday at the Cavern.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tres Desole at The Exeter Picturehouse 9th Dec 2010

So another trip to my second home the Picturehouse in Exeter, I was suppose to have been joined by Niall for this one but he was unable to attend so I did it on my tod.

Some variation in the set tonight, I added Into The Light, as the MK3 version of ALF’s songs seldom get a play these days, one of my friends Steve was there, and he requested a couple songs, and out of his list I picked Tres Desole. The set went like this

Fortunes Light
Blue Sky
Tres Desole
Into The Light
Broken Dream
To Behold

It was also the day that I released my Solo EP called Broken strings, if you would like to hear it use the played below, and you can also download it and set the price you wish to pay, if though you wish to have it for free I’d really appreciate it if you could post a link to it on your facebook profile, thanks.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Gigs and Stuff at the weekend

This weekend was really a game of two halves. Up early on Saturday morning for a trip to London, and this time for a specific reason, I noticed on Kevin Armstrong’s website that Reeves Gabrels was doing a guitar master class in London.

Well this was something I have always wanted to do , learn some tricks from the master, I have always regarded him as one of the greatest guitar players in the world, so I had to do it.

So got into London ans went to Vintage And Rare guitars in Denmark St which was where it was happening. Now there were 2 other guitar students, both teenagers and both very good players.

I had flashbacks to working at Bills where every Saturday you would have some kids coming in that could whiz up and down the fret board at 100 mph!
Anyhow, Reeves and Kevin were both really good, and I learned a lot, specifically about making the usual ‘Standard’ solo techniques more interesting, and to adding discords etc to it. It was all over far too quick.

So I had a solo show in London, I figured while I was in town id see if I could get a gig, I have only been doing this singing stuff for about a year, and though I did the ALF gig a few months ago, being up there on your own is a totally different ball game. I also had to take my own PA, this was actually a tip to the old days when ALF would tour with our own pa, some of the kit I was using I had not used since 1992!

Still it all worked, and It was nice that I had full control over the monitor!!
I did a set of all sorts, the songs I played were

Fortunes Light

Blue Sky
Don’t Look Back
(Lloyd Cole song)
Love is a Spirit (Arthur Brown Song)

Twenty Nine Point Nine

Friends Forever
(Where I also did a mid guitar change so I could do the solo on electric!)
Broken Dream

Close Down (Not played this one in a while and first time solo)
To Behold

So there was my solo songs, some ALF and a bit of Secrets for September at the end. Listening to the recording not my best set, the vocals were a bit wobbly, but that can be sorted in time all of this is experience as far as I'm concerned, the nerves are nothing like they were though playing to mates being in the front row always puts on an added pressure.
It was a good night, and was really great to have a few friends there, even if my pal Roger turned up about 5 minute after the gig ended!!

Afterwards we headed off to some pub where a few mates were hanging out at some goffs party in the other room, we stayed in the main bar and talked about the old days, that might inspire me of digging out the Karate Party video.

Graham took a great set of photos here.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

40 Years of Atom Heart Mother

40 years ago my favourite album of all time was released ‘Atom Heart Mother’ by Pink Floyd.

It was the bands first UK No 1 lp and it took the band to a much higher lever than before. Its beautifully produced and has some terrific elements to it, yet the band and the fans don’t really like it.

The main port of the album is the title track, now Pink Floyd really worked at their material, so many bands no simple go from writing to recording then release it and tour it. Pink Floyd up to the animals album always played new material before they recorded it, Atom heart mother was first played live a good 9 months before the album was released. It was even shown on TV and played live on the Radio before it was released. The title track is a long instrumental in 6 parts, with Choir , Brass and of cores the band. The avant-garde composer Ron Geesen crafted the original piece (Known as The Amazing Pudding). It’s a stunning journey starting with a Brass drone (that sounds amazing on the quad mix), into a simple tune that is the theme for the whole piece, it goes through structures of ballad, blues, psychedelic oddness and back again, such a milestone of composition in 1970. Side 2 has IF, one of Roger waters best ever tunes, David Gilmour’s Fat old Sun another killer track, as is Rocks Summer 68, Both Roger and David have played their tracks on there solo tours, The ending is like a mini AHM called Alans Psychedelic Breakfast, sound effects link 3 different instrumental tracks, all very atmospheric. Add to that the cover, a great photo of a Cow and there you have it, to me the greatest album of all time. I was so very privileged to see it performed live, well side 1 of it a couple of years ago with Geesen and Gilmour.

Its well worth a listen if you like the idea of orchestrated rock music.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Exeter Picturehouse 14th October 2010

So back to the picturehouse after about a month, this show was to be a little different to normal as unlike previous picturehouse shows, Niall was playing slide guitar and not bass.

Ben Tallamy went on first, years ago he was in a band called Parasol Star that supported ALF back around 2002 he also played at the Exmouth festival a few months ago, he’s a really talented singer songwriter and plays a variety of other instruments too inc. the flute.

We did a not too dissimilar set to last time, with the exception to the last song.

We were having a before hand strum and ended up going through Just Like Heaven by The Cure, thinking it was a good Idea, Andy the manager of the Picturehouse printed out the lyrics for me off the internet and we added it to the set. Lee-Anne joined me for this one.

Fortunes Light

Friends Forever


Love is a Spirit

Broken Dream

Just Like Heaven

Afterwards came our pals Super Punk Muffins, who kicked off there Bonzos influenced set with Goth Detectives, Ben joined them on flute and they had a drummer to boot.

I handed me Guitar over to Simon whom used it for his set with Wayne at Whitby the following week. So a jolly good evening.

Our friends Marc and Steve

Niall and Simon


That be us


The Mighty Super Punk Muffin

Monday, September 27, 2010

Two nights in Bristol 26th September 2010

So on a very nice Sunday afternoon I ventured up the M5 to Bristol to play 2 little gigs in the city.
The first one was at a place called The Rose Of Denmark, now I cant count how many times I have been plat this venue in the last 20 years going to various gigs in the City, but on this occasion I actually set foot in the place.
Was a bit odd when I got there as most of the pub was having a roast dinner, while a PA was being set up in the same room and soon after backline and drum kits were being piled in.

Still I was on first so bang on 4pm I took to the stage.

The first set consisted of

Fortunes Light
Friends Forever
Love is a Spirit
Broken Dream

The set went down OK and it was good to have some decent monitoring while playing.
So after the set we ventured into the main city centre, was very useful that a lot of street parking was free no a Sunday. Had a late lunch at a place called
Zerodegrees wasn’t bad there they did a good Pizza.

Then off to the Urban Wood, a nice small bar again with a good PA and they served decent coffee too. Played a longer set too.

Fortunes Light
Twenty Nine Point Nine
To Behold
Love Is A Spirit
Broken Dream

After the set I had to hang about as I had left my top at the previous venue, but the promoter was going to pop it over. We then headed to the James Street Vault to see Geoff Horsey’s set of Blues and Folk, this guy is an incredible Harmonica player.

By 12.30 pm collapsed into bed, was a good day out.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The making of ‘To Behold’

Well this is a story that goes back to spring 2009, I was working on a few ideas and I came up with the basic riff and bass line, I added some keys and just jammed over it.
After the initial recording I took it home to work on and I did some work on the drum programming, then it sat for a good 6 months.
In the meantime I had written a chorus for it and some lyrics and I started playing it live at my solo gigs that I have been doing and in the spring I worked on the band recording put in the choruses and had a structure there.
I then went to my friend Roger O’Donnell’s house and asked him if he wouldn’t mind recording some Moog on it for me. His initial solos were great but he was using his trademark muted sound, and after much nagging I got him to open up the filters a but to make it sound a bit more rock, and what he recorded to my ears was amazing, exactly what I wanted. He did 3 takes and I edited some of it together to give some layers.

This song then sat fallow for a bit longer.
I had performed some embryonic versions live with my old band, and during this process Niall had worked out some more interesting bass lines to the ones that I had recorded on the original demo so we recorded the bass very much in an as live situation where we played guitar and bass together as if it were live, we did 3 takes of the bass and cut the best bits together. We took a DI out of an Ampeg SVT 3 and recorded it straight in and added a limiter. There was an EHX compressor in the fx chain.
The vocals were recorded in my flat using an electric condenser mic with a pop shield and no pets around! The last thing was the guitars. Now I re recorded all the guitar parts from the demo, the Acoustic is my Yamaha where I recorded the sound from the internal piclup to one channel and I also recorded the guitar at the same time using an electric condenser microphone, I used separate condenser mics and panned the guitars 75% L and R (Mic was left and transducer right I think!!).
The clean electric guitars were my Charvel 375 going through a Marshall DRP1 direct recording pre amp into the mixer then into the computer, all effects were added from plug ins. And the Lead guitar was done the same with the exception of also going through an original 70s EHX Big Muff pedal.

And there you go!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

20th September 2010 at the James Street Vault

Well first things first, I will start with Mondays gig at the James Street Vault. Now the JSV is a pub that is right in the middle of the University in Plymouth, but innless you know its there you would have no idea of its existence if you get my drift.

I played a short acoustic set down there a few weeks ago, and impressed Mark the promoter down there enough to give me a gig. Is a bit tricky for me at the moment not actually having a band for the first time in 18 years, but the ‘North and Parker’ concept is a very neat bridge as we can have a full sound and play whatever we like, new songs, old songs even the odd cover, and it can be electric or acoustic, and all the way it keeps the chops up and hopefully keeps the audience entertained as well.

So we got there about 8pm set up our kit, had to wait till 9 for the pa to set up but once arrived sound checking was a relatively easy and simple process. We made up a song on the spot called the Pizza song, based on what we had just eaten, I liked the chord sequence and as I had my Zoom box running I might got back to it and turn it into a proper song.

So we kicked off at about 10:20pm with the acoustic set

1. Fortunes Light
2. Feel
3. Friends Forever
4. Drowning
5. Love is A Spirit
6. Broken Dream

On the acoustic set Niall was playing slide guitar like we did at the Torquay show, it was a lot more fluid this time, and we settled into it much better. After a break of about 10 minutes, the lights went off the projectors came on as we did the electric set.

1. To Behold
2. Jessica
3. Wait For Yesterday
4. The Living
5. Destiny
6. Wait Here (For You)
7. Hey You
8. Crimson
9. Twenty Nine Point Nine
10. Is Space Found?

So the last song that I didn’t list on the Torquay set is ‘Is Space Found’ ? One of the new Secrets for September songs. But I wanted to keep it under wraps until the download was out.

So was smiles all round after, I enjoyed the gig and felt more comfortable as front man than at any other gig before now. Its not perfect far from it but getting better all the time.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Acoustic set at the Pilgrim Inn Bristol 9th September 2010

So last night I ventured up to Bristol to play an acoustic night at the Pilgrim Inn run by Mark Venus whom puts on a lot of acoustic nights in Bristol. I only had a 20 minutes set so was a tricky choice of what to play, in the end I did

Fortunes light
Love is a spirit
To behold

I didn’t intend on playing Jessica I blame it on not having a pen to write a set list, I was going to do either 29.9 or Broken dream.

Anyhow the set went down pretty well, looks like I will probably be playing some more stuff in Bristol in the not too distant future.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

North and Parker at Ryan's Bar Torquay 3rd September 2010

Last night was a bit of a special gig for us, really the first official post All Living Fear gig, billed as North and Parker and as we were the only band on the bill we had to extend the set, so the obvious thing is to play 2 sets one acoustic and one electric.

The acoustic set was made up of

Fortunes Light
Friend Forever
Love is a Spirit (Arthur Brown Cover)
Broken Dream

What made this different to the normal acoustic sets that myself and Niall have done is that Niall was playing slide guitar rather than Bass, this had a great sound, especially as he was playing his guitar through a compressor and a memory man analogue delay pedal.

After a break of 5 minutes we then took to the stage for the electric set, there was only really 1 stable All Living Fear song in the set specifically Jessica, the rest was either song I have written in the past year as well as a few of my older tracks.

To Behold (With Synth solo)
Wait for Yesterday
The Living
Wait Here (For You)
Hey You (Cure Cover)
Twenty Nine Point Nine
The last song was a new one but I’m not listing it here as it might give the game away

There was a few more tracks in the set, but we cut the set a little shorter as my voice was flagging and we had gone on a little late.

All in all was a good gig, the PA at Ryan’s bar is very good and puts a lot of more well known club venues to shame.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Torquay Ryans Bar Acoustic Gig 28th August 2010

Well last week I played a show for the very excellent charity Rowcroft Hospice. The show was at Ryans bar in Torquay, a special town to me, I was born there, I formed my first band proper with people from Torquay and played my first proper gig there. I had recently had a car accident and was temporally without transport, this meant 2 Cabs, 2 Trains and 2 Buses but I got there!

The venue is a great little pub, well its really 2 bars in one, the top bar where the gigs happen has a good atmosphere and an excellent PA that puts a lot of venues to shame.

A few old friends turned up which was great, the set that I played was

Fortunes Light
Broken Dream
Love is a Spirit
To Behold
Twenty Nine Point Nine

It was then a mad dash to the bus to get back and tomorrow I return to the venue this time with a full electric and acoustic set.

Above photo taken by Dee Ryans Bar landlady

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Cure Rocket Reunion

So Last night was The Cure Rocket Reunion at the Railway in Crawley. When I got there found a pub full of 50% locals and 50% Goths mostly members of bands. Section 3 the other band that Steve was playing with tonight were setting up, complete with a vintage Lynn drum machine the sort of thing you only ever see in old episodes of Rock School.

Anyhow, the bands kicked off and Steves lot were on first, carrying on pretty much where Complicity left off about 12 year ago, good solid set. I started to get things together while Luxury Strangers were on stage, little practice in the beer garden and we were ready. This gig was a little odd as 2 members were missing, Niall and Nev were not there, still using a track with bass on pumped through a meaty bass amp gave it enough thud in the bass dept.

We did a 35 minute set that had

To Behold
Wait For Yesterday
Crimson (First time in ages)
Hey You (well it IS the Cure festival after all)
Stranger To None
Twenty Nine Point Nine

Really enjoyed the gig, the audience were very warm to us, id co so far as to say is was the best reception that we have had so far with this era of the band.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Some films

I’m not one for watching films, but recently I have watched quite a few, I’ve seen all the Hannibal films and a serial killer film called Copycat, though my real passion is documentaries and I’ve seen 2 very good ones this week.

It Might Get Loud

This is a film where you get 3 of the most important and influential guitarists of the last 50 years.
Jimmy page – for the Classic rock prospective and legendary riffs
The Edge – For the technology
Jack White – for the no frills back to basics raw guitar playing

The start of this film shows Jack white litrally building a 1 string guitar before your very eyes, the film then moves on to how the 3 respeticve guitarists got into playing, first guitar, what it isn’t a film about is just a biopic about the bands they formed.

Then they get into a room together, looking very uncomfortable at first, but they soon warm and start talking about their influences and do a little jamming of each others riffs, one of the best scenes is Jimmy Page playing whole lotta love and Edge and White just watching in awe. The high point of the film for me is seeing the three of them playing In My Time of Dying. A great film even if you not mad into guitars.

The Bridge

This is something quite shocking, The golden gate bridge in San Francisco is one of the most iconic bridges in the world. Its also the bridge where more people have committed suicide off than any other bridge in the world.

Cameras were set up over the whole of 2004 to observe what happens on the bridge, the film reveals 24 people died committing suicide off the bridge with several being stopped in the nick of time. Some of the stories are deeply moving, what also surprised me was that most of the people that died were men. The cinematography was amazing and the film was made with some of the highest production values that I have ever seen in broadcast.
Be warned the film shows people jumping form the very start.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Exeter Picturehouse 29th July 2010

Last night was another trip up the A38 to the Picturehouse in Exeter.

I must have played there more than any other venue in the last 2 years, and it’s a great test bed for what I’m doing. Tonight I had put in some new songs, because I have been practicing singing every day weather with the band, recording or whatever the nerves factor isn’t kicking in like it was.

The first act on was Rosie Eade and a chap playing Piano, they were VERY good indeed, I think it was one of their first gigs too.

After her set I went on, was nice to have a gang of mates in the audience.

The set went like this

Fortunes Light
Drowning (A new song)
Broken Dream (A new ish song that will be explained in a few weeks time)
TO Behold
Love is a Spirit (Arthur Browns Kingdom Come song)
Twenty Nine Point Nine

I decided to do Love is a spirit as a kind of last minute thing, I remembered the lyrics were on the Tantric Lover CD so I typed them out, played it through a couple of times on my lunch break then did it for real and really enjoyed playing it.

I think I played 2 bits of mission riffs every time I saw slink walk past to go outside for a fag ha ha !

After us was Super Punk Muffin whom played for about a hour, though only did 5 Songs with 10 minutes of chat in-between each song, Kal had some wicked effects coming out of his Roland cube bass amp, really good Auto Wah/envelope filter on those amps!

Was a great night, and looking forward to my next Picturehouse show.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Well that was a surprise!

Last night my girlfriend went out for a drink with a friend and I was going to pick her up after work, I get a text from her around 10 pm saying to bring my guitar with me. It turned out that I had been booked a slot on an acoustic night at a venue called the James Street Vault. Id never been there before but its basically in the middle of the university, It’s a kind of a cross between the Dev in Camden and the Timepiece in Exeter. When I got there a Irish folk band were launching into full swing, then there was a French blues guitarist and after him it was me.

I did 3 songs in totally I should probably have done a few more but I didn’t want to over cook it. I did Fortunes Light, To Behold and 29.9 I was very pleased in how it all went down, I was quite nervous and I’m always nervous when it comes to using the loop pedal you only have to knock it out of time by a fraction and it sounds awful but I managed to get it spot on.

It’s a great little venue and I’d very much like to do it again.

Photos are on my facebook page

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Update 14th July 2010

Hi all

Well I thought it was about time for an update, though I’m still rather excited by the news that last Saturday David Gilmour and Roger Waters performed again together, If you didn’t know they did a charity gig in Kidlington Oxfordshire for the HOPE for Palestine charity inc one generous audience member who paid 50 thousand quid for them to do an encore of Another Brick In The Wall.

You can read more about here here

The photo was by Polly Sampson.


I have been writing and recording, I was looking at putting something out as a free download by the end of the month, I hope this to still be the plan, there are 2 songs almost finished, one called Drowning and the other called Feel that I have performed live a few times on my acoustic gigs.

Yes I am also going to do another All Living Fear download this like the last one will be free and will have maybe 2 or 3 tracks, and maybe an extended mix of one of the songs as well. There is a story behind the main track that will be explained when its released. I don’t have a definite time for it but I hope it may be ready for the gigs in August.

I’m still looking to do more gigs this year on my own, and also if the one in Plymouth goes well I might do some more as a duo with Niall, this isn’t a new band project its just something to keep the chops up for the time being.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

So that’s it ?

Yes I have finally laid the mantle All Living Fear to rest.

I always had a plan, the plan was simple, I was going to give All Living Fear one last shot over a 6 month Period.

I did this by firstly getting a new band together to play some shows and maybe write some songs.

The thing is for any band, if the line up isn’t anything to do with the bands last CD people are seldom going to want to see said band, as was the case with the Autumn tour. That’s why the non ‘Goth Scene’ gigs were great and the Goth Scene ones were awful.

Another thing I had to do was to do a one off gig with Paul just for the fun of it and Play Into The Light one more time, we did that in Torquay in February.

I also wanted to do one more gig in London, we did that at the Underworld that was a great gig and really should have been left there.

But there is a couple more commitments, one was in Cambridge and then we have the Cures rocket reunion thing in august that again will be a fun gig to do with some excellent other bands playing all for a worthy cause.

If I’m honest the last few years have been hard work in a number of ways, Booking gigs was always hard, we were too well known to get warm up slots with other bands, but not well known enough to headline (like we did a lot of in the 90s), resulting in finding it hard to get places to play. The whole Goth scene that we were involved in changed a lot and with all sub genres of the scene live gigs suffered badly with poor turn outs and it affected everyone so much so that bands just stopped touring like they did. Then there were internal problems with the band that I wont bore you with now, but so much time was wasted waiting around for people to be ready to do stuff then never were, and I could write a book of let downs and broken promises that I have had from people to do with this band.

So its time to get out now, all financial things were sorted last year with Andy, the Fifteen years after project in many ways and the DVD that followed was the wrap up of that era of the band, really the bands most important time 1994-2007 there was nothing left to say or do.

I do think now that things should have ended at the Whitby show of 2007 but with a new album out you just want to keep going don’t you?

So that’s it All Living Fear is over, I am now able to sing and play guitar in public to my hearts content, I have some mates that I can work with for a full band, though musically we are only just starting to get to know each other. I have a lot of musical ideas to work through so I’m not going to get bored any times soon.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Hi all

Well it was a busy one this weekened

On friday I had rehearsal with Niall for the gig at the Underworld, practice was pretty good, then I had to go into work as we had a Cure Disintegration special on Radio Devon. This included an interview with Roger, 6 Music had the producer but I got a member of the band, well not that its especially difficult for me to do that haha! You can download it here.

Saturday I went to the Exmouth festival, I had been booked to do a short acoustic set, when I set off it was raining and I figured nobody would be there, I could hear the gig on the radio as I was driving up and it sounded like it was reasonably busy, and the sun did come out.

There was a lot of quality acoustic acts there, and I was rather nervous about it to be honest, there was at least 1000 people there, still about an hour later than advertised I got on stage, and did just 2 songs

Fortunes light and a long version of To Behold.

It went down really well far better than I thought it would do. Afterwards it was off to Ashburton for the Ashburton Blues Festival, specifically to see Peter Green. Now I have seen him once before, and to be honest it was a rather disturbing show, he has been dragged out, hardly played a note, it was like the backing band were using him as a name to bring people in. This was a totally different gig, yes he walked on quietly and had to sit, but he also played with real emotion and intensity, the fact that he did Rattlesnake Shake was awesome to say the least, he opened the set with Key to the highway, and did bet part of 90 minutes set. His harmonica playing was also rather awesome. So all in all a great gig.

Sunday, this was the day of our gig at the Camden underworld, for some reason or another we got there early the traffic was very kind to us this time, Soundcheck went well and we had a reasonable stage time of 8pm. By the time we got on there was a reasonable number of people in and we played a 30 minute set. We did

To Behold
Wait For Yesterday
Hey You
Stranger To None
Twenty Nine Point Nine

The set was well received though we had really bad sound on stage and could hardly hear the drums let alone my vocals so It did go a little all over the place in the middle. But hey it was the underworld, and it’s a great venue and the out front sound was spot on.

There is a video made from the footage of this gig.

So a busy weekend, off to Cambridge next.
Here are a couple photos taken by Graham Racher there are more here

Friday, May 28, 2010

All Living Fear - Twenty Nine Point Nine

is finally finished have a listen here, and PLEASE download it and spread the links to it wherever you can remember its all free.

<a href="">Twenty Nine Point Nine by All Living Fear</a>

Friday, May 21, 2010

Exeter Picturehouse 20th May 2010

So I return to the Picturehouse, almost my second home gig wise these days. But it’s a good set up and its exactly the sort of regular gig that I need to get the old confidence up and to try new stuff. Was a bit quieter than usual I guess the film they were showing wasn’t too popular!

I played a similar set to last time.

Fortunes Light
Friends Forever
Hey You
Tower of Strength (well the first 20 seconds of haha)
Twenty Nine Point Nine
To Behold

I thought I made a fair few bluffs, but I was standing up and its sometimes tricky to play the loop pedal.

I got a few ideas for next time, I wanted to use my electronic percussion pad though Niall has it in his studio.

Was a good night though, and it was great to have the regular posse of Lee-Anne, Tony and Kal there.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Gig at Exeter Havana 4th May

Ok so this is a new venue for me, the last time I went anywhere on the quay in Exeter was around 1995 / 1996, the whole place has changed a lot.

Havana is a recently done up bar, its very big, has a stage and does very good chips. There was 4 acts on tonight, 3 of them including myself well all one man and a guitar, and the night ended with a dup where one of them also played one of those boxes you sit on and play like a drum sounded very effective.

I felt much more confident performing tonight, for one thing the PA was good and I could hear everything crystal clear through the monitor, plus there was a healthy amount of claps from the audience that is always a good sign.

The Set List I played:

Fortunes Light
Friends Forever
Hey You (Yes the song by The Cure)
Twenty Nine Point Nine
To Behold

This was a solo show as Niall was not available and for once I was feeling comfortable doing it, roll on the next one which will be at the Picture House on the 20th

Monday, April 26, 2010

All Living Fears London show 30th May 2010

OK dear readers, ticket sales have been a little low compared to more 'Goth Scene' friendly gigs that we have played, but this is probably your ONLY chance of seeing All Living Fear in the capital this year, so please come along, remember its a bank holiday the day after so you have no need to worry about it being on a work night :)

Post punk legends Punishment of Luxury return to London on Sunday the 30th May 2010

Full Line Up:

  • Punishment Of Luxury
  • Rubella Ballet
  • All Living Fear
  • Never a Hero
  • Zeropunk

    Venue Address
    174 Camden High Street
    NW1 0NE

    You can order tickets direct from us at the face value of 11 uk pounds with free postage and no booking fee.

    More info

  • Friday, April 09, 2010

    Exeter Picturehouse Gig 8th April 2010

    Last night I played a solo set at the Picturehouse, It was Niall’s birthday, so he was off doing something, birthday ish.

    I did 7 songs
    Fortunes Light
    Feel (New song first time live)
    Friends Forever
    Twenty Nine Point Nine (another new song first time live)
    To Behold

    I ended up going on last, or top of the bill depending on your POV. I felt more comfortable this time, haveing a monitor would have helped, I had been working on some of these songs, and re wrote some of the words so I had the lyrics on a stand, this in some ways was more of a hindrance than a help! Still it was good to have a few friends in the audience, as well as Lee-Anne & Twinpeeks was good to see Slink and Kal there too.

    The PA also had the reverb turned up to 11, thats always good :)

    Hopefully there will be another once soon as I do enjoy the Picturehouse gigs.

    Thursday, April 08, 2010

    Friends Forever By Matthew North

    Some of you may have notices that I have changed a few words in this one

    Friends Forever

    He worked for 40 years, serving for his Queen
    When he left his school was told it was his dream
    Took some lives, he couldn’t forget
    Praying on his mind, the lives ignored

    What will we do, what will we say
    What will change to give life some pride
    What will we do, what will we say
    To give this life to give this gravity

    See The Poor Man Begging For His bread
    Summers over, his brother was left for dead
    Holding a cup lost respect he’s entitled to
    Waiting for the charity that died long ago
    The pride of a man that serves his guard
    Turns his blind eye, the children laugh

    What will we do, what will we say
    What will change t give life some pride
    What will we do, what will we say
    To give this life to give this gravity

    Monday, April 05, 2010


    Im finding posting lyrics to here handy because its an easy way for me to find them. I hope you like them to and sing along at the next gig :) Matthew

    The Statements a Matter of fact
    Looking through the will
    Take what’s yours and leave what’s mine
    You will drink yourself so blind

    Every Day,
    Every Way
    Is nothing to look deep inside?

    Anyone’s there
    And nobody cares
    Wait for something isn’t there

    Beyond the edge
    Beyond the trail
    Nothings left
    For you to tell

    Everything that needed me
    Has gone away for destiny

    (Verse 2)
    Give me summer give me rain
    If I am ever back again
    You will see
    Nothings Left
    Nothings for Free

    Every Day
    Every Way
    Is nothing to look deep inside?

    Anyone’s there
    And nobody cares
    Wait for something isn’t there

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Twenty Nine Point Nine
    by Matthew North 11th March 2010

    (Verse 1)
    Everybody knows there’s something wrong
    Take your time and listen to this song
    Words of fortune, words of faith
    Do what you can before it’s too late

    The Man on the door offers you hope
    You didn’t see the rate oh what a joke
    Twenty nine point nine you’re unlucky number
    Take your money you’re going under

    You Work all day and you work all night
    He’s knocking at the door and you get such a fright
    You signed on the line and you made it easy
    Twenty nine years and you life is breezy

    Working all day and working all night
    You didn’t think the loan would take your life
    Money is easy but work is hard
    You better think twice when you take that card

    (Verse 2)
    Five years gone you are no better
    You’re at the mercy of the debt collector
    Robert Johnson sold his song
    Nobody knew him till he was gone

    Nothings worth getting this mess
    Forget the car and save the stress
    Kill the TV in the morning
    Go outside enjoy the glory

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    Here is some lyrics to one of my new songs.

    Feel – 10-03-2010

    Everybody that you see today
    Wants to get there and is happy to pay
    Doesn’t matter if you sing or dance
    You just want to have the chance

    Reality is a wonderful thing
    It’s not your dreams that they want you to bring
    Through the door with a broken heart
    That’ll get you to the start

    Dreams may come, and dreams may go
    Nothing to win, if you get on the show
    The only thing you can guarantee
    Is you will loose you dignity

    Money for something you cannot spend
    They take your soul to the very end
    There’s no short cut to be a star
    Just open your heart and play your guitar

    Everything you dream is not as it seams
    Manufactured waste is your only scene
    Think long and hard before you take the step
    Or you’ll live in a life of debt

    Come on through to the other side
    Your soul and heart is so alive
    Do the things you want to do
    Don’t let the high trousers turn the screw

    There’s no substitute for something that’s real
    For something from the heart that you will feel

    That you really feel
    Can you really feel
    Do you really feel
    Can you really feel
    Can you really feel

    Feel, Feel, Feel
    Can You Feel

    Tuesday, March 02, 2010

    Torquay Reunion show 27th feb 2010

    Well last Saturday night was our homecoming show at Ryans bar in Torquay. Many faces of old showed up inc people that I have known for over 25 year and even a couple that were at our first ever gig in 1992.

    The set was split in half, the first set was Myself and Paul performing the ‘Into The Light’ album in full to add contrast I played the opening track Fortunes light on the Mandolin Here is a video clip.

    After the main set we also did Morning Dew to finish off.

    The after a break of about 20 minutes we did the electric set.

    We had 2 new songs

    The set went:-

    1 To Behold
    2 Each And Every Way
    3 Jessica
    4 Wait For Yesterday
    5 Wait Here
    6 The Living
    7 Home Too Soon
    8 Destiny
    9 The Widows Blame
    10 Tomorrow

    And we did an encore of Jessica again.

    To Behold we have played live acoustically but Destiny this was its first live outing.

    Reception was very favourable to the new material so there will be more in the next set.

    More photos on the bands Myspace and Facebook pages

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010

    Camden Palace 5th Spt 1996

    One of the shows that we will always remember is the day we played at the Camden Palace now called KOKO on the 5th of September the day before Matthews 24th Birthday.
    Here is the flyer

    This gig was filmed by 3 Cameras one was fixed the others were operated by David Milner who filmed the band right through the 90s and a fan called Mickey.

    Up until recently this footage was forgotten about, and we have edited together a track from that gig, unfortunately there is no mixing desk audio, so we have dubbed on the sound being as faithful as possible to the sound that the band had on stage that night.

    Enjoy some nostalgia

    Saturday, February 06, 2010

    Recent live acoustic shows

    Well this week I played a couple last minute acoustic shows. The first was on Thursday at the Picture house in Exeter, this was due to the one we had booked on the 18th was cancelled as there is a comedy gig happening there that night. There was some good acts on, most notably my mate Chris Woods whom I’ve mentioned before.

    Myself and Niall performed 5 Tracks, Fortunes Light, Jessica, To Behold, Home Too Soon and Tomorrow. I was very happy with how we played, I think in some ways it’s the best acoustic show thus far, not perfect by any means by getting there, this was also pointed out boy a few of the regulars that came to my Exeter gigs.

    Then last night, I played a few songs on my own at an acoustic night in a pub called the Tamar Inn in a place called Calstock, now to get there the satellite navigation took us all over the place, down tiny little lanes up hills, and eventually we found the place, though there was hardly anywhere to park!

    I did just 3 songs, Fortunes Light, To Behold and Jessica, There were some problems with the Pa howling a bit, and the microphone I was using was knackered. So not the best performance, but the people that watched enjoyed it.

    I do think its worth doing these things once in a while just to keep the momentum going and to be able to play some new stuff too.

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    All Living Fear Tour Video

    I have put a compilation of the tour together as a video with the soundtrack being one of the new songs that I have written and that we performed on the tour.
    This in many ways is a starting block for the Mk 4 version of the band. We have got a very big deal gig for the end of 2010 so we have something solid to work for.

    Id also likes to point out that though I’m singing I’m not a singer, I’m a guitarist that happens to be singing at the moment.