There’s a rather familiar name headlining two of them. It’s likely Master Bugg personally requested us. We’re probably part of his rider or something.
If you’re ever passing through Birmingham, you’ll not regret a wee dalliance at the Ort Cafe. Say ‘Art Cafe’ out loud in a heavy Birmingham accent. That was Sam’s theory. You have to ask for a key to use the toilet and they do peanut butter cake. The loons!
Diamond Family Archive are capital chaps and musically a real atmospheric treat, check them out. Any gig with a performer : beard ratio of 1 : 1 is to be celebrated. Every possible species of beard was on display, from Jack’s ‘George Michael went camping for 5 days and forgot to pack his razor’ to DFA ‘frontisperson’ Laurence’s Rasputin chinbush.
The Ort Cafe is at the front of a grade II listed building called The Old Print Works and round the back there’s a warren of cavernous, erstwhile industrial spaces now inhabited by a clan of arty types. David and I got the guided tour and we were tickled to discover a ‘party’ room complete with baby grand piano and harmonium. We’ve been invited back to play one of their parties so watch this space [ ] for details of a mooted June/July return.
Our next gig is for the opening day of the Exposure! Photography Exhibition in Nottingham on Saturday 13th April. We will bring CDs, some of which may well be our album although we could all do with a clear out of our personal collections.
You may recall (if you’re some kind of super fan or else in the band) that we recorded some live tracks in a church way back in the bowels/bumgut of 2012.
Jedward H Christ only knows why it’s take so long to get the video ready. I blame the Tories, Jimmy Saville, Sir David Nicholson, the South African police and myself.
Drink deep of our heady audiovisual brew, my little squimpkins ….
Yesterday we spent the morning down by the canal in Nottingham, titting about on the locks. It’s for a secret thing which we’re not allowed to discuss. The ‘thing’ will be published early Feb. It will be quite good.
In less secret news we had a pow-wow over beer and burgers, and firmed up some new shows. Sam will be going solo to support Canadian lovelies The Once on 23rd January at The Green Note in London. Tickets are available here.
Then we’ll probably just concentrate on growing/tending our beards while we wait for the next gig at the Nottingham Contemporary on 4th May. More details when we know them.
A support tour taking in 5 or so dates in May is in the offing, although it’s subject to the other band finding a new drummer and their promoter finding some money (he’s looking down the back of his sofa as I type) to fund it. I’ll load my Facebook gun and fire any news bullets straight into your minds as soon we know more.