Thursday, June 30, 2011

All Living Fear Re Releases Jessica

As we will be coming up to our 20th anniversary we will be re releasing via digital download all our CD albums.

One item that has never seen a digital release is the bands first ep Jessica. This was recorded in 1994 and is so far the only recording with a live drummer (John Macklin of the band Legend along with Steve Paine also of Legend on Keyboards whom also produced the EP).

You can now listen to in full and download the EP from here

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sonic Rock and other tales

(I should have posted this blog last week)

Well this has been a rather extraordinary week music wise.

A few years ago I was at a musical crossroads, There was so much I wanted to do, but I never had the confidence to do what I wanted, this all changed on the 8th June 2009 when I did an open mic in Richmond at a place called the Watermans, this was the first time that I had ever sung in front of anyone and I got away with it from this point on I knew anything was possible, I just needed to find the direction.

The obvious one was for the band I was In, but that ended up in a mess, its one thing being in a band that isn’t that popular in its genre, but when there genre has little popularity in the world then you are on a loosing battle before you start. So I feel it was the best decision I have ever made to walk away from it as far as being a touring musician is concerned.

There has been one thing that I have always wanted to do, and that’s be a band on the festival scene, I have been to so many festivals with Arthur in recent years, and they have all been great, and I wanted a slice of that and the only way to do it was to start something new. Now you all know the story of how Secrets For September was started, but before we had the live band together properly I got the Sonic Rock solstice gig booked, even before we had a singer, the initial idea was to be a kind of Ozric Tentacles kind of dub instrumental prog / space rock band. And with this in mind the demos that I had recorded secured Secrets a slot at sonic rock.

So by the time the festival came round, Secrets was a totally different band, was I worried? No because I believe passionately in that this band has all the elements that a good band has, and we are all performing with a united front, something I never had with All Living Fear not in ANY line up with the possible exception of the time that it was me and Paul but again there were other issues that prevented the band from flourishing.

Me and Lee-Anne got there the night before, as we like camping, it was pouring with rain on the way up but it cleared enough for us to get the tent up and the kettle on the go. Sonic is not a massive festival but its very well run, there is good sound and lighting, and everyone we met was friendly. Didn’t seen many band on the Friday, but Alan Davey’s ‘Gunslinger’ were very good.

Saturday and it was the day of the gig. Setting up was a relaxed affair everyone else turned up on time, and we had a fun soundcheck, this was only our 4th gig and first ever gig using something more than a vocal PA, It was bliss to play a gig with proper monitors again. It was also the first time we played where Mike had his full drum kit.
The set was to include

Is Space Found
To Behold
Wandering Minds
Upside Down
Paint The Picture
Got To Give Up The Ghost

The set went down really well, I’ve not played anywhere for so many years where people have come up to me afterwards and told us how much they enjoyed the gig. Looking back over it all it was a great achievement, that with the Amazon chart success wrapped the week off nicely.

Me and Lee-Anne did intend to camp over for the Saturday as well but I wasn’t feel too great with all the muggy weather, and we decided to come home and have Sunday to relax.

Sonic Rock Solstice is a really fab event and long may it continue and grow.
Un expected night at the Picturehouse 23rd June 2011

So last night we went to the Picturehouse to see Anthony Smith do his ep launch, and ended up playing a little set, with Andy B playing drums.

The night kicked off with the Morrisons doing a bass player less set, its bad to loose 1 bass palyer, they have mislaid 2 haha, still didn’t matter they played a fine set. Rupert Bath was on next another local singer songwriter was a good little set from him too.

Now the big news is that the Picture House now to Pizza’s they are top notch and I feel the Silent Whistle in Ashburton has some serious competition on its hands.

Last on officially was Ant himself, who has been planning his ep as long as its taken for the Olympic Stadium in London to be finished off, and finally its here. He played a set of 8 songs inc the ep naturally ably assisted by Andy B on the drums. After his set there was some time left, so the drummer of The Morrisons did a couple songs on guitar, then I was egged on by Andy B to do a couple numbers. Never been to a gig before where I didn’t have some much as a plectrum on me. So anyway in at the Deep end.

Wasn’t sure what to do but ended up doing this.

Love Is a Spirit
Close Down
(Here Comes the) Rain (Yes the Cult Song!)
Fortunes Light
Blues (Interesting tempo changes in this!!)
To Behold (With Kal playing Drums, not sung this song for almost 6 months!!)

Was a fun evening, as it always is at the Picturehouse.

Andy B on Ants Set

Myself and Kal

Above Anthony Smith