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Lights and 6K

Hello!

We haven’t blogged for ages, but apparently people keep coming back, so I felt it was time for another post.

We have a gig coming up at Fibbers supporting Lights. She’s a great electro-pop type act, who I suspect will be amazing live after seeing Run Toto Run play at The Golden Lion, who have a similar sort of sound (seriously cool band).

I’ve put some tickets up here, along with a groovy tune Doug did a while ago.

Anyone who went to the TestTone3 gig may find this funny:

Luckily, second slot support, alternative rock band Rosie, were feeling generous and showered their audience with the gift of bloody good music. Never ones to hold back, Rosie closed their consistant set by dragging various members of The Jack-Stops and Testtone3 creating a big super group to soak up their sheer musical brilliance like one thirsty sponge.

We are now on the 6KVision roster for the year! I’ll be posting a bit more about it at another date, but to find out about what’s happening check out this AudioBoo from Rich Huxley. They gave us a band to mentor called The Reluctance. We’re not sure if we’ll be the best role models, but we’ll try our best…

Me and Doug are currently in Newcastle at Sam Colliers house for his birthday. We’re recovering from an awesome night.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with this video taken on the way to the gig in bedale with Heavy the Burden and The Majors (who are also on the 6K roster, expect big things from them soon!). It was actually a really great gig!

Ok… I’m not going to post that because Doug doesn’t have his wire, you can see that next time. This is something I dug up from ages ago (back when we were Spigure O Feach)

News

This blog post is coming to you from somewhere in Pateley Bridge. We’ve been out of contact for many days now, with no hope of internet.

I’m posting this from my grandmas garden (gotta love wireless). It is very cold, and I’m not very well (poor me etc etc). Suffice to say that that I’m on the edge. So when news reached me that we are playing at THE 6K VISION FASHION SHOW at Northallerton College I very nearly fell off my wall (I was sitting on a wall). I don’t know much about it, but it sounds hilarious. We’ll keep you posted on that one.

As you probably know we played a gig at Fibbers last Saturday. It was a really interesting night. Dorian Starre were headlining (it’s pronounced “star” by the way, I thought it was “stare”). My favourite song of theirs would have to be Human Future, their last song. I love it, it has a really lazy “I don’t give a crap” rock and roll feel to it. They also have a new website, it’s pretty damn cool (better than ours. I blame Doug). Supporting them were Glass. The lead singer is the guy who announces the Battle of the Bands at Fibbers with his terrible jokes. He’s hilarious (in fact, they all are. They all seem to have a similar, bizarre sense of humour). It took a couple of listens to really “get” their music. They kindly gave us a copy of their EP/album (I cant decide which it is, I imagine it’s probably somewhere inbetween) and I have been listening to it.

What’s even more interesting is the story they put behind the band. It’s written like a novel (or perhaps I misunderstood and it’s all true).

I’ve been researching the life of Anthony Glass for over a year, and so far I’ve got more questions than answers. A bizarre collection of coincidences, synchronicity and luck, or are there larger forces at work?

Their site is well worth a look.

It was definitely one of our better gigs, the Tadcaster Possy were throwing some sweet moves and just being generally beautiful. We also tried out some new songs and we very nearly got them right! (including Feel Electric, which will be our next release).

Talking of releases, the holidays are looking pretty busy. We’re finishing of our recordings with Rich Huxley, and 6kvision just gave us the go ahead to borrow some equipment to do some recordings of our own, which we shall document for your viewing pleasure (I’d like to do the live webcam thing Embrace did recently, I’ll look into it).

We’re also booked for The Limetree Festival and the Willowman Festival. More on that later.

That looks like everything band related for now. There should be some amusing photos from our Cornwall roadtrip next weekend. But until then, I’ll leave you with a picture of Doug, on the trampoline in a sleeping bag:

Turning a Pacifica into a Telecaster

Have you been hankering for a nice Telecaster but cant afford it? We Doug has, so we came up with an ingenious solution.

Step 1

Take your guitar and place it on a suitable surface (the kitchen table).

Step 2

Use a jigsaw to vaguely cut a Telecaster shape into it (take care not to cut a Gibson shape):

Step 3

Round off the edges with a rasp. So far you should have something resembling this:

If you don’t then you’ve probably done something wrong.

Now, as you know, a Telecaster is nothing without it’s paint job, which moves us nicely onto…

Step 4

We aimed for a nice “Daphne Blue” colour as seen here:

Our’s isn’t as neat, but it’s a fair match:

And we’re done! Look out for the new and improved Jazz guitar at Fibbers this Friday.

Much love,
Rosie.

Fibbers and Newcastle

First off, I would like to officially confirm that we are now playing on the 27TH of Feburary at the Dog and Parrot. Not the 22nd or the 20th. THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME IT CHANGES. The good news is, Sam Collier (our dearest friend) is also playing on that day!!! So you can come and see two great acts for the price of one (plus a few other bands, but we don’t know them).

Fibbers was ace! There was a turnout of around 200 people. The Standbys won (they were ace) and we came second (we got the judges vote again :D). Apparently there is a chance we can still go through, the rules are confusing. Heads up to The Jackstops too, they had a great set.

Overall it was a pretty surprising night. I was positive Elan Vitale would win (they have some great songs), and I definitely didn’t think we would get 2nd. I should mention here that we most certainly wouldn’t have come second without the Tadcaster/Aftershock chaps (You guys are mental!!! We want you at every gig) and anyone else who came to see us/voted for us. We were a bit grumpy (it is becoming a trend at these battle of the bands) and I’m sorry that we didn’t get a chance to give you all big hugs.

We’re playing another battle of the bands this friday at the Hambleton Forum. We’re really looking forward to playing Northallerton again, I feel like we have roots there. We’re up against The Shadracks (our arch nemesis, there will be shenanigans! :D), Rise From the Ashes, Ailish Breen, The Pinstripes, Electric Nightmares, One Way Street and Carnelian (couldn’t find everyone). I’ll admit I not sure about our chances for this one, WHY DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO BE SO DAMN GOOD!!

We’ll be following all this up with a nice recording session on Sunday (to fix up doug’s crappy vocal takes that we did at 4am). I’m going to make an effort to photograph all of this so I’ll have something interesting to put on the blog!

Thanks again for everyone who voted for us.

Live long and prosper (those of you who are savy may very well make a connection after seeing our performance o).

A Blog Post

We haven’t done one of those in a while, which is strange considering the shenanigans we’ve been up to! I guess I just prefer the instant satisfaction of Twitter and Facebook.

As some might remember, we were doing an African Soundtrack a while ago. The others gave up on me, so I was left to do it on my own. So, without further ado, I give you Zebra Music:

Last weekend we were recording in The Crypt. The track-listing is still a secret, but I can tell you it will be truly awesome. The night before we had cold feet about one of songs so we wrote a new one. It was a little risky to say the least, but I think it worked out perfectly.

At some point we’re going back to do some mixing and fix some of Doug’s vocals because he’s crap.

We finished at about 5am on Sunday (all four of us were running entirely on coffee and curry), so we were pretty refreshed for our gig the next day. I’ll admit we were a bit dubious about this one. All three of us were silently cursing Matt from 6k for making us play in the middle of the day at a school. But what do you know? We were greeted with quite possibly the best audience we have ever had. I don’t know whether it was just the extreme boredom of the school day or the fact that we’re generally amazing, but these guys went WILD. We had 1000 of them rioting in a school car park. We had mosh pits, crowd surfing and they nearly killed Doug! They also tried to tip over my car. NOT COOL :p

I never thought I’d say this, but Tadcaster Grammar KICK ASS.

Video evidence is on its way.

I’m still busy with the site. It looks like this -> www.rosietheband.com… for now. We’re hoping for it to become more integrated into our web presence as I work out how to get my head round the designing of the thing.

Those of you who don’t know already. There is a facebook page for the Fibbers Battle of the Bands. As you can see, I’M THE ONLY ONE COMING! Not cool. Get yourself over to York.

As I utterly failed to get any photos when we were recording, I’ll leave you with a rather lovely photo by Rob Booker.

Replay by Iyaz

Hello!

I’m uploading a live acoustic video of Replay by Iyaz, and writing a blog post while I wait (hopefully by the time I finish the upload will be done).

Things are pretty much same old with us. We’re playing at Stereo in York on the 2nd of march, supporting the awesome exlovers, but that’s a fair way away. My only problem with it is this:

“We ask for no other shows at least 2 weeks either side so you put all your effort into getting people down to this show and not any others.”

That annoyed me… one day it will be someone else’s job to get people to our gigs.

If you’re into dubstep, have a listen to Aaron Ells’ remix of Electric Bloom by Foals, it kicks ass. You can download his mixtape “Breaks of ten” here.

Ok! Here is the Iyaz video (Youtube did something to the sound so I’m going to replace this with a Vimeo version). My 8 year old sister was filming it with Tommy’s phone, she was pretty sleepy.

New Song!

Ok, that’s a lie, it’s an old song. But we’ve never played it to anyone, and we never recorded it, so we thought it was about time. There is some video to go with this, which I will upload when I’ve finished fighting with windows movie maker.

Tell us what you think!

In other news, we had a huge fight and now we’re splitting up. Just kidding, everything is well, recording is set for the 6th and 7th of February. We’re not doing Live and Unsigned any more (because we honestly cant be bothered to try and do a 2 minute set to a backing track). Plans for a UK tour in celebration of our latest EP are well on their way! Speaking of which, our current EP is still completely free, and available here, go and download it, it’s free (actually free) we just want people to enjoy it.

Enough about us. I’ve been hearing great things from a certain Sam Collier. You should definitely check out his blog, which is far better than ours, apart from having a really annoying URL which I type wrong every time, which is why I am providing an easy to click link. We also play on a few of his tracks (Dougie gets to play his native instrument, bass).

I’d better get on with movie maker. Much love!

Goole

The date for the next Fibbers Battle of the Bands heat has been confirmed. It’s the 17th of February! Put it in your iPhone or whatever you kids use these days.

Wednesdays gig in Goole was… different. There wasn’t much of a turnout, but the venue was great and we had a surprise visit from TheHuxCapacitor which is always nice. He said he had been running a rock school next door. In Goole?!?! He was blatantly stalking us.

We got a few photos this time (courtesy of Sketcher and Doug’s dad):

It was a pretty relaxing gig. Doug even had time for a quick snooze:

There are more photos in the Flickr Set.

Fibbers

Last night was a great success! Much to our surprise we came out on top, against some seriously strong competition, even though nobody came to see us. Thanks to everyone who voted for us, you made our night!

It wasn’t an huge crowd, and most of the people who were there came to see On Our Feet, a great indie band from york (with a good following it seems). They came a close second. They would have won on votes, they got 2 more than us, but the judges add an extra 20% to their favourite. Thank you judges! Arctic Fury headlined. They were the tightest band we’ve seen in ages, and they were really nice guys. In my opinion they should have won, but it wasn’t really their scene. They belong on the Download mainstage!

So we need as many people as possible to come to the first heat. I’m not sure exactly when it is yet, we’ll keep you updated. This won’t exactly make or break us, but we’d love to win (as well as the £1000 cash, there are slots on some pretty tasty music festivals up for grabs). Think of all the cool sounds we could make with £1000!!

We’re doing an audition for Live and Unsigned on the 29th (no laughing!). It’s a 2 minute set, and it’s going to be hilariously bad, but we’re doing it anyway :). We’re also playing in Goole on wednesday. We have no idea where it is, but it sounds like a good night! :D

Well, that’s all for now. Check out http://www.myspace.com/arcticfury if you like all things heavy!

Production

Hey guys and girls,

This last week has been the most productive we’ve had… EVER. With a few minor mishaps:

Blue Screen of Death :(

We wrote an awesome quiet song last weekend (with all of us singing :S) and we generally improved our live songs in preparation for the battle of the bands on sunday (7:30pm at the York Fibbers if you’re coming! It would be great to meet some of you guys there). We have made further progress with our single, which is now looking more like an EP!

If anyone has a spare minute go and vote for one of the songs on here. I want to mix Stuck Like Glue, but my favourite is Looking for Answers.

We had a great day doing preproduction with Rich Huxley. After a slow start, we got down and dirty and made some important creative decisions. We’re going to keep the track list to ourselves for the minutes, and I’m debating whether I should post the rough recordings that we did.

Maybe if enough people come on sunday…

I’ll leave you with a picture of what seems to be Doug annoying Rich while he does something useful: