We’re still here

It has been over a year since our last news update. Since the end of last summer, it has been a funny old year for all of us for various reasons and that thing called life has interfered with the operating of the band to some degree. Live gigs have been a bit thin on the ground as we have had a multitude of external issues to contend with which have unfortunately led to limited time in the rehearsal room.

That said, we have been keeping our hand in with the odd gig and even managed to land ourselves a slot on 2012 Nice n Sleazy punk festival in Morecambe. We had a great time and would very much like to thank Leon, Ivan and everyone involved for the experience and we would very much love to come and play again next year.

At the back end of 2011, we recorded our second EP, entitled Hoc Vitum Novum. This is currently available to listen to on our Reverbnation page and is available from the band on CD. This was released in January and received a very favourable review from veteran Dave Fungalpunk. We have tentative plans to record a third EP and to up the ante with promoting our music towards the back end of the year.

We have been writing new material in the background as and when we get the opportunity and we hope to build on this in the coming months.

In other related news:

Our Kaz is getting married in October to her partner, Izak Gloom whom some of you may know as axe man in doom merchants Lazarus Blackstar. We are all over the moon for both of them and are looking forward to the big day.

Sticks-man Stevie Ward has been dabbling with a new project for some time now and after a number of iterations, they have settle on a line-up and a name. Lizard Tongue have been honing their stoner/sludge sound for the past few months now and should be ready to take to the stage later in the year.

Guitarist Alec Marlow has embarked on a new project too. Dawn of Elysium is a goth rock band, taking influences from sounds such as Fields of the Nephilim, Bauhaus, Pink Floyd, Nick Cave and The Cure. Recordings and gigs should be happening in the next couple of months.

Despite setbacks and other projects, we remain the best of friends. As we approach the end of our 4th year together, we are enjoying it more than ever and rest assured, you have not seen or heard the last from us by a long chalk.

Hopefully, it won’t be over a year until the next update!

Spring is in the air

For the past couple of months or so, we have been practicing as a 4-piece and our sound has definitely taken on a more punk edge than ever before. Of the songs we have already written, we have managed to comfortably play most of them as a 4-piece thus far, reworking things as necessary along the way. Although we have missed out on some rehearsal time for various reasons, we have still been ploughing on and are feeling more focussed and excited than we have in a while. We have a handful of gigs booked already with more in the pipeline and are looking forward to getting out there and smashing it!

2011 – New Year, New Start

2011 and a new year and new start for us cops. After discussions and the realisation of certain incompatibilities, Mick has decided to leave the band. Mick has been with us from the beginning in January 2009. Often keyboardists are assumed to be an add-on instrument but this was certainly not the case with Mick. His musical contribution was significant and his part in creating the songs we have up to press will continue to be valued.

In the short term, we shall be continuing as a four-piece and will be taking some time to rejig / reshape the sound. It is not known at this time which of the current songs we will continue to play with the modified line-up but we’ll give them all a go and see what works. It will also be a good opportunity to work on some new material. We are all itching to get back into the studio and get practicing again after our 2 month hiatus.

As far as a replacement for Mick goes, if a prospective keyboardist turns up, then we will certainly consider it but good ones are notoriously difficult to find. We have also briefly discussed the possibility of adding an additional guitarist into the mix instead if the right person comes along but for the foreseeable future, we are happy as we are.

Our next planned gig will be at Delius in mid-March as part of Mind The Music 3. More news on this as it unfolds.

Happy new year everyone!

By Idle Hands Posted in News