Sunday, January 08, 2012

Paint The Picture - Fallen off the easel for now

Well as you may have seen we have had a line up change with Secrets For September, this also means that our d├ębut album ‘Paint The Picture’ will no longer be coming out. It was almost finished during the summer, we were just waiting for a time slot to re do some vocals, and a bit of additional mixing and it was finished.

Most of the artwork ideas were put down. And it had a Catalogue number and everything.

So had the album been released it would have been thus.

Secrets for September – Paint The Picture
Label – Dangernoise
Cat No DN225
Distributed by PHD in the UK Via Resurrection

Track Listing :
To Behold (North)
Traces (North / O’Shea)
Upside Down (North / O’Shea)
Paint The Picture (North / O’Shea)
Right Here (North / O’Shea)
Hold Your Peace (North / O’Shea)
Needing (North / O’Shea)
Got To Give Up The Ghost (North / O’Shea)

Line up –
Marina O’Shea – Vocals
Matthew North – Guitar / Keyboards
Mike Soundy – Drums
Dave Holwill – Bass

With Guest Roger O’Donnell – Moog solo on Upside Down and To Behold.
There was also plan to have Steve Potter on Violin for Needing this has of yet not been recorded.

(Above the Artwork for the Promo CD)

So what will happen now? Most of this material will now sit. Some tunes may be re vamped with new lyrics, but with anything its usually best to move on and write new songs. Maybe one day this album will be looked out and finished, but not at the moment where tensions are running a little high!

Friday, January 06, 2012

First gig of 2012 Exeter Picturehouse 5th Jan 2012

Well last night it felt like I hadn’t played a solo set for years, was probably a good 4 or 5 months. Most of my solo gigs will be based on All Living Fear material in preparation to the shows that we will do in the autumn. So the set went.

Fortunes Light

All Living Fear

Blue Sky

Breaking The Fire

Love is a A Spirit (Not an ALF song but a tune I intend to play on the tour)

Then Ellie Taylor joined me for a couple numbers, they were

Letting Go (A new song that we wrote with Lee-anne)

To Behold (in which I introduced the stylophone !!)

Was a pretty fun set to play Roger and a few others turned up always a pleasure to play the Picturehouse.

Above Falling Trees

Ben, Padders, Ellie Ben will be playing on some new Secrets tracks that we are in the process of writing.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Top 5 of 2011

1) Upside Down

So I started putting together the new band, ‘Secrets for September’ though I put the plan in place in 2009, this year I got it all together, Gumtree and lemonrock found Dave and Marina (As I had Mike on board in a preliminary way) and the first track that we got together was Upside Down. And with a bit of Roger’s Moog magic chucked in for good measure this was almost as perfect track as I could have ever been involved it. They say the proof in the pudding is the eating, well in music its more in the how many wish to put their money where there mouth is, and though you could and still can listen to the track for free on the bands web sites, myspace, soundcloud etc we still managed to sell enough downloads to get to No 2 in the Amazon rock chart and No 1 in the ‘Hot New Releases in Rock’ on Amazon. This was completely overwhelming to me having never seen such a reaction to something new so quickly. By far my proudest musical achievement in my 20 year career.

Secrets For September - Upside Down

2) Arthur Brown

On the 12th may, Arthur Brown visited to drop off some tapes for me to look after and transfer, it just so happened on that night I was also down to play a solo gig at the Picturehouse, Arthur came along as we met at the venue before travelling to my place after, and while we were there we decided to do a couple numbers, we went through the arrangements that evening, then after my set we did 2 Numbers, Devils Grip and That’s How Strong My Love it. It was a pretty faultless performance, and to play with my favourite singer of all time whom happens to be one of my best friends in front of many of the closest people to me was just a perfect moment.

3) The Wall

Anyone that knows me knows my love of everything to do with Pink Floyd, The Wall has been a major part of my life for the last 30 years, I have listened to pretty much every bootleg of the floyd’s 30 odd shows many times, and know the lp backwards, so to witness the show, for the first time stood on the barrier at the very front was just stunning. Amazing show, a million times better than I could ever describe. This added to it being in Dublin making it our big holiday of the year was really fab. First time me and Lee-Anne had ever been on an aeroplane together.

4) Bestival

This year saw 2 of my friends both re join the bands that made them both huge names in music, the first was Roger re joining the Cure, I kind of sussed it was going to happen a few months prior, but by the time that Bestival came about it was almost common knowledge that he was back for good. So to be invited to go to the gig to be part of the atmosphere and to stuff Pizza on Robert was just an immense thing. The band were on amazing form, this is amplified by the CD that was just released of that top gig. The Cure are in a great place right now.

5) The Mission

Ditto the above, seeing Simon back in his job was great too, The mission were a massive influence on what I did for a number of years, some gigs they did were stunning, but some were pretty awful too, Bristol and London were different, something I’d never witnessed was the original line up, it was much more raw that the more polished later era of the band, being that Brixton was Martins 50th Birthday meant that we had to pull the stops out, we nearly never went but in the end all came good and we had a great time.

I experienced so many other great things in 2011 Secrets for September in everything I have done stands head and shoulders above it all what will 2012 bring ? well who knows, I will give my old Goth band All living Fear one more blast for its 20th Anniversary but more importantly focus on Secrets.