Tuesday 28 August 2012

Rock Solid

A really good rehearsal, going through LOADS of tunes from the Long List for France. It was really refreshing to play some tunes that we don't know so well. All went pretty successfully, and we covered a huge range, including Where Are You (first single).

At the weekend I booked and paid for the tour travel. Michael presented with a brown envelope (on the amp in the photo) - I felt like Brian Clough!! 

Tonight's Tunes : 

Burden Of The Debt
Coming From The Hills
Defying Science
Fertile Mind
Fire & Clay
Follow Her Down
My Dying Embers
One Sweet Drink
Someone To Love
Where Are You
Where The Bones Are Buried
See That Skin
Lucky I'm Living
China Pig
Long Screaming Slide
Sinister Purpose (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)

Now - Tempranillo, olives, and Sun Ra Solo Piano. A very good day

Sunday 19 August 2012

Wishaw - and onwards!

A hot day out in a tent in a fairground, a rocking set, great fun. The band on before us starred MJ, the niece of Jerry Lee Lewis - they rocked and they rolled.

Here's a local newspaper piece about how she ended up in Wishaw http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2009/02/10/jerry-lee-lewis-niece-in-wishaw-585/

After the Primevals set, MJ came over and with a big smile, she said "Darlin', that was great! " - marvellous! MJ's sister Anniwas smiling and bopping and enjoying the set. She's just been touring with her Mom, supporting Uncle Jerry in some venues. It's the family business! She came over to say Hi too. Lovely people. 

We had a chat afterwards to several old friends - as John noted, Wishaw has always been good to the Primevals. France, too. Wishaw and France. 

New guitars worked well - we did have one slightly unprepared moment mid-set when neither Martyn nor I had a slide : getting going onstage was all rushed, good backline all provided. when you are gigging more often, you don't make these kind of little mistakes. It was fine, though, set was well received, bunch of the new LP in the set.

Jazzmaster & Starfire

French date are firming up for October - could be a great week!!

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Good Work

A good, hard-working rehearsal tonight, fine-tuning some songs from the new album, and blasting through the set for Saturday twice. 

I tried out my new guitar - a Jazzmaster. It worked really well, good range of sounds, bit of twang, bit of roar - just what we need. 

This has been an emotional week - a friend passed away, a lovely, sweet, funny lady. Again, I always thought there would be time to catch up with her and her family again. Now there isn't. 

We ain't here long - make the most of it. Enjoy every sandwich. 

Monday 6 August 2012

Where does the time go?

So - we have mixed the album. October looks like the release timeframe.

We rehearsed tonight for our upcoming gig in Wishaw. We are headlining the FML Tent at a festival in Beltane Park on Sat 18th August. Scheduled to be onstage at 8:30pm.

Some more info here http://www.wishawpress.co.uk/wishaw-news/local-wishaw-news/wishaw-news/2012/07/18/new-venue-for-wishaw-music-festival-be-in-belhaven-76495-31413076/

Good work tonight, getting used to playing a bunch of songs from the new album - working out how to pick out the guitar overdubs and pick the most important ones to play.

Also tried out a few covers, as we always do. Good to be back in the room with the guys, working, laughing - and trying to see what dates we can organise to launch the album.

Now - Lamb Madras, Stella.