We Might Come and Play in Your House

Hello everybody As you probably know, we’ve just launched the pre-order for our new album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND. It’s been quite a crazy week with lots of orders coming in, but the reaction so far has …

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Hello everybody

As you probably know, we’ve just launched the pre-order for our new album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND. It’s been quite a crazy week with lots of orders coming in, but the reaction so far has been brilliant so thanks very much.

We really wanted to keep the items available for people as normal costwise as possible, whilst also making experiences available that would get you close to what we do. The best way we think is to run these experiences as competitions.

Anybody who pre-orders an album – whether a vinyl, CD, part of gig ticket or other such bundle – will have a chance to win. These competition items will appear roughly every fortnight but don’t worry, once you’ve pre-ordered you are eligible to win. If you order in week 1, you are still in the hat for week 20′s prize.

This brings us to the first experience! We will come and play an acoustic gig in your house at some point – you can invite lots of people or only a couple, we don’t mind (as long as there is a cup of tea on the go). You can request the setlist or any other peculiarities that you fancy.

This competition is available to those pre-order before Sunday 28th Sept. At which point we’ll announce a winner. :)

If you win then don’t worry, we won’t just turn up at your house unannounced, we can work out a date that works for EVERYBODY! :)

We used to love playing house parties and the like back in the day, and it was always a buzz playing to somebody who was only a few inches away.

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a rapidly approaching TOUR

We can’t wait to get out of this garage. Mickey’s sack cloth clad walls have been closing in for about a month now and the ikea furniture is predictably starting to fumble to bits. He’s drilled a hole into his …

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We can’t wait to get out of this garage. Mickey’s sack cloth clad walls have been closing in for about a month now and the ikea furniture is predictably starting to fumble to bits. He’s drilled a hole into his downstairs toilet so he can run cables into the kitchen for recording. TIME TO GET OUT OF HERE!

So luckily, it’s rather nice that we are coming on tour to a various clobber of places in October (our favourite month). Some we haven’t been to in a while – like Wolverhampton and Norwich, and others that are familiar localities (Sheffield and Brighton).

Rehearsals start next week so we are banging away at some new tunes to put into the set along with the usuals – if you really want a specific song, give us a shout and we might just play it.

You can get tickets from the usual places, but also we have got a cheeky little offer going at our PledgeMusic page, whereby you can get both an album and a gig ticket, for a reduced price. Just to say thanks if you listen to us in more than one place.

Here are the list of dates:

Oct 20 Boston Music Room London, UK
Oct 21 Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, UK
Oct 22 Leadmill Sheffield, UK
Oct 23 Liquid Rooms Edinburgh, UK
Oct 24 Stylus Leeds, UK
Oct 25 Empire Middlesbrough, UK
Oct 27 53 Degrees Preston, UK
Oct 28 Academy2 Liverpool, UK
Oct 29 Sugarmill Stoke-On-Trent, UK
Oct 30 Waterfront Norwich, UK
Oct 31 Concorde2 Brighton, UK

That’s it really. Back to drilling.

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A Very Big Announcement

Hiya You know, this announcement has been delayed by about a month – and I think you really should know why…. A few weeks ago I had a phone call from Mickey to say i should come down to his …

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Hiya

You know, this announcement has been delayed by about a month – and I think you really should know why….

A few weeks ago I had a phone call from Mickey to say i should come down to his house, as he thought he was having a heart-attack. He was being totally serious. After a cardiogram and chest x-ray he was declared fine, but the weeks of stress and over-work leading up to this had left him in a position where combined with a couple of other physiological factors, he wasn’t very well.

He’d spent about a week on a mix for ONE song and was getting pressure from the rest of us (by that I mean me and Steve [Steve is our Marsden Rock without the erosion, he helps us run our label and is a one of the many reasons, alongside a fantastic person named Peter why we still function]) to finish it off. It is a reality of life that you have deadlines but for Mickey it is hard – he cares so much about what we do that it has to be right. Right for him, right for other people, just right. BUT: we need to hit deadlines…. you can appreciate the interminable collision along these lines that 2014 has been.

We’ve done everything this year – from researching manufacturing, to learning about making videos, to editing artwork, to making music stands dance in a stop motion idea that was rejected after a day in a garage – and that’s what makes it matter so much that we get ill… so yep, we had to delay this announcement but I would guess that you would all understand that, because we do really honestly get the sense that you really care about us too… (sorry for the overblown sentimentality, but as long as it is true then there shouldn’t be anything wrong with that).

So, we are very delighted (if not a little jaded) to announce that our third album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND is now available for PRE-ORDER from the following link (*if you are outside the UK click here*). As promised we are also releasing some new music today in the form of a new song called EX-CATHEDRA which you can hear here here hear hear here hear.

This song is from a new EP called THE SANGUINE EP, which features FOUR completely new songs. Like The Gentle EP, you’ll be able to get a limited edition PERSONALISED version, but you’ll only be able to order it if you pre-order the album (doing which will get you a cheeky little discount ;)).

We’re using a website called Pledgemusic to operate our album pre-order and there are a number of reasons why: firstly it allows you to be totally flexible in what you offer to people – we’ve often wanted to reward people who come to gigs, alongside buying t-shirts and EPs – and this page does that. We can bundle things together so that if you are buying a ticket for a gig AND an album you get it a little bit cheaper. Secondly, we make a lot of things like artwork that people never get to have – again the Pledge page will let us put items that will not be repeated – whether an original piece of artwork or a personalised song. Thirdly, one thing we liked about the system was the ability for a band to have REALLY unique experiences open to people who support them. However, the one thing that never chimed well with us was a band charging a large amount of money for such a thing – we thought it was a little cold and restricted to someone with very deep pockets. Therefore, anybody who orders a copy of HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND will have the chance (the same chance as anybody else) to win one of these experiences – whether a day in the studio with us, playing percussion on an album track, having your name in the sleeve notes, or an acoustic gig in your house. We wanted these to be a thank you to people as opposed to something we sold.

We’ll updating these blogs quite a bit over the coming weeks with new bits of information about the pre-order and also, the other tracks from the EP but until then, thanks for reading this!

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October Tour Tickets on sale NOW!

Hello everybody, Last week we announced a little run of dates in October, in many places across the country. Today they go onsale and the ticket links are all below. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there: Oct 21 – …

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Hello everybody,

Last week we announced a little run of dates in October, in many places across the country. Today they go onsale and the ticket links are all below.

Hopefully we’ll see some of you there:

Oct 21 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Oct 22 – Leadmill, Sheffield
Oct 23 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Oct 24 – Stylus, Leeds
Oct 25 – Empire, Middlesbrough
Oct 27 – 53 Degrees, Preston
Oct 28 – Academy 2, Liverpool
Oct 29 – Sugarmill, Stoke
Oct 30 – Waterfront, Norwich
Oct 31 – Concorde 2, Brighton

Also, for anybody who won’t be able to attend for reasons of proximity or otherwise, here is a link to some purchaseable music!

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October Tour Announced!

Hiya, After having very much enjoyed our February travels we are pleased to announce we will touring again this October. The dates are as follows: Oct 21 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton Oct 22 – Leadmill, Sheffield Oct 23 – Liquid …

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Hiya,

After having very much enjoyed our February travels we are pleased to announce we will touring again this October. The dates are as follows:

Oct 21 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Oct 22 – Leadmill, Sheffield
Oct 23 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Oct 24 – Stylus, Leeds
Oct 25 – Empire, Middlesbrough
Oct 27 – 53 Degrees, Preston
Oct 28 – Academy 2, Liverpool
Oct 29 – Sugarmill, Stoke
Oct 30 – Waterfront, Norwich
Oct 31 – Concorde 2, Brighton

Tickets will go on sale 9am, next Tuesday 8th July.

Obviously we are aware that not every town or city is being visited this time around but we will be touring again in early 2015 in support of our new album, so don’t worry.

Plus we’ll be announcing an interesting little London date very soon….

Hope that is ok,

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UNIQUE FREE ACOUSTICAL DOWNLOAD :)

Hello, We have gifted our friends at THE SMALLEST LABEL, something very unique that we have never ever done before. After having listened and mixed (thanks Matt!) the songs from our recent acoustic gig at Newcastle, we decided to let …

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Hello,

We have gifted our friends at THE SMALLEST LABEL, something very unique that we have never ever done before.

After having listened and mixed (thanks Matt!) the songs from our recent acoustic gig at Newcastle, we decided to let the label have them for totally free. In turn, anybody who purchases a copy of the SALT EP from THE SMALLEST LABEL store, will receive a free 5 track EP of these special live tracks taken from that there gig.

Just thought we’d let you know! You can visit THE SMALLEST LABEL shop here…http://thesmallestlabel.bigcartel.com

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American Trips and EP Drips…

Hallo, With a little American trip on the horizon tomorrow we thought it was worth giving you a quick reminder of the gigs we are playing over there just in case you can attend. Also, we popped up an acoustic …

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Hallo,

With a little American trip on the horizon tomorrow we thought it was worth giving you a quick reminder of the gigs we are playing over there just in case you can attend. Also, we popped up an acoustic version of Salt yesterday which you can have a listen to here…

The pre-order is now live for iTunes so you can order that here or if you are feeling tactile, get a physical one (with two extra songs!) here.

Those dates are as follows:

Jun 05 Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT

Jun 06 Governors Ball New York, NY

Jun 07 Glasslands New York, NY

Jun 08 North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA

On a final mention – we absolutely loved the Newcastle acoustic/quiet/different gig last week. It was one of the most enjoyable ones we’ve played so thank you. No matter what we do, you always seem to support us and that is something we really do appreciate. Matt is busy mixing the stems from the gig so if they sound shiny enough we will probably make them available just as a way of saying a proper thank you.

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THE DAILY GRIND LYRIC BLOG

I think this is my favourite song on the EP – I don’t really say that much because I like ganging up on my own music – our first album is rubbish, too cheerful and throwaway, slightly disjointed and really …

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I think this is my favourite song on the EP – I don’t really say that much because I like ganging up on my own music – our first album is rubbish, too cheerful and throwaway, slightly disjointed and really unfinished in places, I like the second album a lot better but it still has bits that I could do without…. I have a fear of hearing my voice without reverb because it is not a technically pleasant sound – but I’m the only singer we have so just have to get on with it – stuff like this haunts me.

Which makes it rare for me to say: yep I like that song. But this one I do like. It’s real and it is honest.

The majority of it was written in a five minute break during a rehearsal we had in February, an anathema to the banging of drums. It is quite weird but a lot of songs I am writing at the minute happen very quickly like this in stolen moments and are very simple in structure and chord progression (they are a little quieter too). The melody was there straight away and then the line “we always seem to denigrate ourselves at the point of being” came into my head. As a species I suppose we constantly let each other down just as we are close to being nice.

When it came to finishing the lyrics I knew that I wanted the song to be about the assault of the right wing media on “THE SINGLE MOTHER”. Nothing is simple yet you would think it was reading the likes of the Mail and Express – their pathological disregard for a single woman with children is bemusing… It is disgraceful that anyone should be able to taint the arrival of a child by casting aspersions on a mother because of her social situation.

Mickey allowed me to finish off the recording on my own while he was on paternity leave (probably a mistake as it meant he had to do quite a bit of tidying pre-mix) and so I went a little crazy with the harmonies but I just loved recording them – it was really fun to do and seemed to give the song better shape. Plus I get away with some finger picking which is always nice and a little bass flutter here and there. Standard.

Here are the words….

Tears on the abdomen
Of a woman but it’s ok
For she has a baby.
Flexibly skiving with
Benefits driving the Daily
Mail says it’s a holiday

We always seem to denigrate
Ourselves again at the point of being

Fear kills
Even the most
Fecund of seconds
And I hold these close
Why should
Having a child
And a career
Not be reconciled?

We always seem to denigrate
Ourselves again at the point of being

So lost
The ephemeral everywhere
No cost
That our future should have to bear
A sure start
Has unraveled been turned into
Dust and to gravel to trample upon

You must feel so proud
Stigmatising every single mother
While your own world’s falling down.


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