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OH HI THERE! The incredible Detour guys have launched a brand new monthly online TV show and I’m playing drums in the inaugural episode with Alarm Bells. Check it out guys! Video also features United Fruit, Miaoux Miaoux, Profisee, DZ … Continue reading

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Since I last posted I’ve probably been 75% busy and 25% busier. Here’s what I’ve been up to… Alarm Bells That thing about Glasgow I mentioned previously… well, it was Alarm Bells. SURPRISE! Me and my ex-Dananananaykroyd bros David Roy, … Continue reading

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BooHooHoo…

Last Week // I’ve been super busy over the last week recording with my pals BooHooHoo in an old veterinary school in Edinburgh. We all put in some pretty heavy shifts but the results are truly insane. Biggest drum sound EVER. Bernard Edwards would be very proud, Tony Thompson would be very jealous. Here are a few snaps of me haird at werk…

Press // Vic Galloway wrote an awesome piece for the Sunday Herald detailing the eclectic history of the Edinburgh music scene, including Lady North. I even got my picture published whilst chilling in the National Portrait Gallery with big Kelly’s jugs on my chest.

Reviews // Big thanks to Steve McGillivray for the live review of our Vic Galloway show over at Glasgow PodcART. The guy says I’ve got fast arms! Cheers pal.

Big props to Rob over at Limbo HQ for the live review of the Dead Boy Robotics show back on 20th Jan. Solid?

Other // Tonight is the last night to vote Lady North for best Rock/Alternative act at this years Scottish Alternative Music Awards. You can vote HERE. You can also buy tickets for the award ceremony here. It’s on Thursday, but it’s in Glasgow and we’re no playing. Quite a trek. Should be good though, so if you’re available get down to the Garage. Cheers.

Going through to Glasgow this week to jam with a few friends at Berkley2. More news on that shortly…

The guys over at Gerry Loves made this trippy little .gif of Lady North playing at the Electric Circus last Wednesday… have a peek (only if you’re not epileptic).

Awrrshutup and listen to the hitz…

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Scottish Alternative Music Awards… Again!

Gigs // Thankfully, I survived my trip up to Inverness. Playing with Lady North and Dead Boy Robotics in one evening was fine, it was the shenanigans in our hostel afterwards which caused the most amount of damage in the morning.

Frank Finlayson from Inverness Gigs popped along and wrote a nice little review of the show which you can read here. Houdi Donnelly also popped along at soundcheck to capture a couple of snaps of us which you can view here.

This week Lady North are playing at Sick Note on Thursday 2nd Feb at Cab Vol. It’s a club night so we won’t be on until midnight, but it’s only £2/£1 with student card so there’s no excuses. Click here for the facebook event confirming the details I’ve provided.

Lady North are then playing on Wed 22nd Feb at Electric Circus as part of Uncle Vic Galloway’s ‘Presents…’ show. Also playing are Homework and Birdhead. Tickets are £5 in advance and can be purchased from Ripping/Avalanche/Tickets Scotland or online from Ticketweb. Click here for more details.

Other News // Lady North have been nominated for ‘Best Rock/Alternative’ act at this years Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs)! Richy Muirhead, founder and creative director of the SAMAs, said: “Every year the awards are such a buzz, and I see it as a great opportunity to showcase the diversity of the music scene in Scotland, whilst giving artists the chance to forward their career and become even more noticed”. We’re very honoured to have been nominated for an award, second year in a row. Massive thank you to Richy and the people at SAMAs! You can check out the shortlist for our category below.

The Dolby Anol remix of Dead Boy Robotics single ‘Ever’ was featured on Ally McCrae’s BBC Introducing Show on Sunday 30/01/12. Check it out here at the 1hr 16min mark. It’s “off the cheese board […] slamming”.

Whilst up in Inverness, Dead Boy Robotics recorded a stripped back session for Marion Scott’s Sunday Show on Moray Firth Radio. I’m not sure exactly when it’s going out but I believe the tracks will be available on the web at some point if you fancy giving them a tickle.

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Dextrous Peebz

So Lady North made their King Tits Tut’s debut last Monday night supporting the monstrous United Fruit. I’ve seen them quite a few times now, but seeing/hearing them play in a good, decent room was absolutely incredible.

Ross Watson over at The Skinny was kind enough to write some lovely words about LN’s set and myself, highlighting “some mighty fine, hyper-urgent playing from dextrous drummer Paul Bannon“. Check out the full review here.
Jonathan Geddes from the Herald also wrote a lovely article on the show, noting our “fluid rhythmic time shifts” and “unerring strength”. Read more here.

Paul Napier-Morgan captured some visuals from the show, filming our set opener ‘Carnival’. As the Skinny points out, it’s a bit ‘nervy’, but you get the gist. Thanks Paul for the footage!

I also did a silly little interview/preview thing with Glasgow PodcART, prior to the King Tut’s show here.

The sensational Dolby Anol did a remix for the Dead Boy Robotics single ‘Ever’, which only just found its way onto the internet on the 23rd of this month. I’m mad about this song, especially when it gets to the 2min 11sec mark when Dolby Anol drops a diiirty little 3 over 4 polyrhythm (makes me want to jump up and down with joy every time). Listen to the full remix below (and share it with your pals, they neeeed it).

That’s it for now. So far this week I’ve been working on some recordings for a top secret project (which is coming along rather nicely)… more details on that another time though. If you know anyone who is going to be kicking about Inverness on Friday you should tell them to get along to this… it’s FREE.

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New Years Revolution…

Haaeenyeartyepal! All the best for 2012. Here’s an update on what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks…

Gigs // The first gig is on Monday 16th January with Lady North at King Tut’s, Glasgow. We’ll be supporting Glasgow-based noisemakers United Fruit as part of King Tut’s ‘New Years Revolution‘, a month of gigs showcasing the best of unsigned Scottish talent. Tickets are £4 each from ladynorth@live.co.uk.

Next, Dead Boy Robotics are to headline Limbo at the Voodoo rooms on Friday 20th with support from Homework and the Lotus Project. Tickets are £4 and can be purchased here.

On Friday 27th I will be travelling back up to Inverness to play with Dead Boy Robotics and Lady North at Mad Hatters, hosted by Netsounds Unsigned. This will be a true test of my stamina – two sets in one night… boke!

Finally, Lady North will be playing at Cabaret Voltaire on Thursday 2nd February as part of club night Sick Note. Entry is £2 / £1 students on the door.

Other News // Graham Coxon has announced a competition for bands to submit their music to be in with a chance with supporting him on his forthcoming UK tour. Dead Boy Robotics have submitted a video to support him at the Liquid Rooms on the 16th April. You can find all the details and vote for us here, if you select the Liquid Rooms date from the drop down menu and ‘like’ our video, it would be greatly appreciated.

The List wrote a nice little feature on Dead Boy Robotics and the debut album here.

Lady North made Vic Galloway‘s ‘35 artists to watch in 2012‘ list which we’re extremely delighted about. With writing for our debut album well underway, 2012 looks to be an exciting year in the wonderful world of Lady North. More info to follow soon… Lady North also made it onto Glasgow PodcART’s 2012 list too (yass!). Big thank you to Halina & Team PodcART, we won’t let you down.

Hope all is well!

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November / December

So it’s been a pretty hectic couple of months! Here’s a run down of what I’ve been up to…

Dananananaykroyd said their final farewell to the world on Saturday 12th November in Newcastle. I will truly miss playing with Danana, I’ve honestly never met a nicer bunch of guys. Their ability to channel so much energy and aggression into every performance was incredible. Playing on their last ever tour was a great honour and I’m extremely grateful to have been a part of it. Aww the best pal!

Here are some online reviews from the tour…
White Tapes.de : The Cluny, Newcastle 12/11/11
Oxford Music Blog : The Bullingdon, Oxford 10/11/11
Addict Music : KCLSU, London 04/11/11
The 405 : The Haunt, Brighton 3/11/11
Artrocker : The Haunt, Brighton 3/11/11
The Skinny : ABC 1, Glasgow 29/10/11
Hold Your Horses : Thekla, Bristol 12/10/11

I then played at Sneaky Pete’s on the 16th November with Lady North, in what was probably the most disastrous gig I’ve ever been a part of. It certainty brought me down a peg or two after touring. You can read a review here.

I then travelled back down to London on 24th November to play at Camden Proud for the first show of the Dead Boy Robotics album launch dates. We also played at the Third Door in Edinburgh on 3rd December and Pivo Pivo in Glasgow on 11th December. We got some great reviews for the debut album (which you can buy here). The Skinny were kind enough to run a feature on us in the December issue… click.

Here are some album reviews…
The Skinny (****)
STV Entertainment
Scotland on Sunday (Album of the week)
Glasgow PodcART
Tidal Wave of Indifference

I also played a few Christmas pearties with Lady North, including the Gerry Loves Records ‘Loves Christmas’ show at the Banshee Labyrinth on 2nd December and Glasgow PodcART’s ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ show at Captain’s Rest on 18th December. A quick flick through the diary and the PodcART show on the 18th was my 86th gig this year! Think it’s a personal best. Below is an iPad timelapse drawing from the PodcART show by the mightily talented Jenny Soep.

I also did a little bit of session work on 9th December through in Glasgow with producer Paul Gallagher (The Twilight Sad, Three Blind Wolves) at his studio in Castlemilk. It was a 9 minute song for Glasgow-based folk band The People. I’ve never really played folk music before so it was great just going into the studio and playing what felt natural. I think the singer/songwriter Gav liked what I did… I guess we’ll find out next year if I’m actually on the record when it’s released!

Well, it’s been a great year. Lots of drumming and lots of stories. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here is a video of Lady North playing at Detour’s ‘Wee Jaunt’ they held around the most peculiar places in Edinburgh. We played in a pishy stoop where all the junkies hang out when they’re on a whitey. Cheers!

ps. I just wanted to point out my website is part of my final year of studying, BAPM Advanced Musical Practice & Performance. Just incase you thought I was so pretentious that I think I deserve my own website… calm down pal, I’m just after an A.

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