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