Thursday, 6 February 2020
The core of the set is well-covered ground so tonight we ran through some older ones, some that we have not played for a while, and a new cover. We will probably need about 25 songs that we can do at the drop of a fedora to get through the tour - we find it best to have a core set of about 15 or so and then throw in 3 or 4 others from the long list depending on what we feel like on the night. It's never been our way to have THE SETLIST IN STONE for a tour. To get to that 25, though, we need to try 35 or 40, because sometimes that old one resonates nicely, or conversely that one we thought was a strong candidate doesn't seem to shine the way it should.
Tonight's candidates were Lowdown, See That Skin, Reframe It, Have Some Fun, Stream of Life, Don't Feel Free, and a cover whose name escapes me for now.
Time for a glass of Malbec and to check some notes on structures - there's a couple of slightly odd breaks in See That Skin, which made perfect sense when we played it in 1985, but we just need to feel our way back into that groove.
Friday, 5 July 2019
Everything was recorded in Reaper - it is a really good value full function piece of recording software, even though I don't use it as much more than an 8 track. (REAPER)
I also used Bias FX - that is a bit of a timepit, because there is so much tweaking available with bi-amping and so on. I spent a few hours playing with that to set up a selection of AC30 type things and also to try their various tremolo setups - I could then pick those up when I needed them. The classic way to lose the vibe and feel of a guitar track is to stop playing for a bit to find out what that amp would sound like through a 4x10 instead, and then maybe in a bigger room with these Neumann mikes .... no, the Sennheisers .... a bit further away ....ah, no, wait, how about in an amp enclosure .... with a plate reverb ... ooh, that's interesting ..... and then by the time I have chased that sound rabbit down the sound hole I have forgotten what I was trying to play.
Yet here I am.
As well as Primeval-ing, I have still been rocking along with the Beat Poets, and, as ever, home recording. This has led to a CD !! (Yes, an actual physical CD). It is also available electronically for those who prefer their music that way.
Available on Bandcamp - BANDCAMP LINK and also if you would like a CD, available in Glasgow at Love Music and at Monorail, or by post for anyone from further away SALES EMAIL LINK for £6 plus postage
Some kind words from Joe Whyte here JOE WHYTE DTK and from Paul Kerr here BLABBER AND SMOKE
keep on rocking in the free world!
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Suitcases full of merch and polka dot shirts, we are ready to head back to France. The plan for today is to drive to Edinburgh, fly to Paris, get collected by Bernard then go to check out the gear for the tour. Probably restring the guitars.
And then dinner with our friends and off to see The Fleshtones at Le Petit Bain.
It's a wonderful life!!
Monday, 6 November 2017
Saturday, 14 October 2017
and we are going back to France!
Rennes Friday 1st Dec, Lorient Saturday 2nd Dec and Paris Sunday 3rd Dec!
Friday, 21 July 2017
Doors open 8pm - Friday 28th July
We are also playing in Perth (Scotland) as part of the Southern Fried Festival on Sunday 30th July on the Open Air Stage at Perth Concert Hall - onstage at 5pm.