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 : 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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