Saturday, April 23, 2011

Skin Rock The City DVD

Im just taking a break from working on some Secrets for September tracks, as I’m home this weekend where as every body else seams to be out in the sun.

Last night Myke Gray announced that Skins Rock City gig is finally going to be released on DVD. This was suppose to be have been Skins farewell as earlier in 2009 they had reformed to play main stage at Donnington Download festival. I had offered our services to film them as they had never had anything filmed before other than a few promos and some top of the pops appearances. And we followed them from rehearsal to Download and made a bloody good documentary called ‘Skin Reunited’.
In December of 2009 I had been on tour with my old band All Living Fear, I had lost a lot of money and decided to never go on tour again, about 2 weeks later Myself and Lee-Anne had gone to see the so called supergroup ‘Them Crooked Vultures’ and though it was the most tedious load of old pap that we had ever seen, and decided that we should go and see something to renew that not all rock music had gone down the pan. So we decided to go to Skins final gig at Rock City, and while we were there we may as well film it too.
I had ran out of tape on tour to film them to it was a mad dash to tescos to get enough Mini DV tapes, I also didn’t have enough cameras so I managed to borrow a couple. Rock City was the perfect venue to film it, no busybody’s getting in out way, plenty of places to put fixed cameras. Doug Hall was mixing the sound, so we knew that the 2 track out the desk would be as near to spot on as we could get.
The band set was amazing, the best that we had seen, on the summer the stand out gig was one on Wolverhampton, much as Download was suppose to be the big one, it was too big, no connection with the audience like you have with a Skin gig in its own right.
Rock City was packed, the set was storming.
When we looked through the tapes we though there was something really special here, so Lee-Anne edited one track sent it to Myke, he loved it, and so Lee-Anne edited the whole gig.

We though they were going to release it last year, but they didn’t, because they wanted to make a new album and play download again, We did shoot the second download gig, it had a better connection with the audience than the first one, though being in a big tent, it didn’t look as good, but it was OK, we did also pop along to the Ponty warm up show, that was great, a promo for the track I was Born to Rock and Roll was made out of this footage, though it was not without its problems, the final version that was released was partially edited by me, and then re edited by someone else. In hindsight this could have been done a lot better (It was a bit short on shots, could have done with shooting one more time at another gig) also sync was an issue as live it was a slightly different tempo and a different arrangement but that’s all history now.

Anyhow a couple of weeks ago I sent DV masters to Myke, and the DVD is currently having menus edited.
There are 2 edits made to the gig as we had to remove the 2 covers from the set, though here is one of them.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Secrets for September and other music

Well I haven’t done a music blog for a while, been rather busy. Just quickly I have booked a big show for All Living Fears 20th anniversary next year, nothing will get announced until nearer the time but I’m sure you can probably guess where when and what day it will be on!

Getting on to more important stuff, it has been a busy week for Secrets for September, firstly in case you hadn’t guessed, Niall was unable to commit fully to the band, so has decided to leave, thankfully we have replaced him with the excellent Dave Holwill who made his debut with the band last Thursday.

The gig at the picture house went well and we had more than expected watching us live on the web stream too, I’m thinking this sort of technology is rather amazing, it was only 5 years ago that the who were web streaming some of there gigs and they were having to use a satellite to do it, where as we were doing it with a wifi connection and Roger O’Donnell’s Apple Mac!
Anyhow for the moment the gig is still online at the gig was a good experiment, as some of the songs worked really well in the acoustic style, where as others probably missed the keyboards. Still we are writing more and more material and are preparing to record with the prospect of an album being released in the autumn.

Then on Saturday we were to Stepcote Hill in Exeter for a photo shoot with photographer Mike Alsford and with him were Alex White and Andy Robinson and a dead pro team they are too, there was lights, reflectors everything, not had a location photo shoot in my life before!
(Had a couple shoots in a studio in the 90s and had some pics of ALF done at a practice studio in london last year but thats it!) Anyhow some of the results are here

Friday, April 08, 2011

BBC Radio In the South West Friday 1st April 2011

Little mixed bag this week featured tunes

The Cult - Born into This

Last Stop China Town - Erase

Mr So and So Bi-Polar