Recorded in some down time at Bark studio in East London, I hope you enjoy my very stripped down version of this Stones classic!
The Cartoonist has been hiding away working with some extremely exciting musicians these passed few months. He’ll be debuting their new sound this Sunday (December 1st) at The Crypt of St.Peter’s Church in De Beauvoire Town, London, N1. It’s free and The Cartoonist Collective will be on at 5pm – but go all afternoon and enjoy yourself!
The Cartoonist is joined on stage by DK on bass and Frank, check this out!
Here’s a little footage of The Cartoonist in the studio in the Summer warming up to record ‘Snakes‘
Here’s how it turned out, feel free to download and see you on Sunday!
Here’s another new song. ‘Rising To The Bait‘ was recorded in London over a few months, with different instruments being added at various times. It started off with myself and the strings, beautifully arranged by Mike Siddell ( The Leisure Society, Josh T Pearson etc). Ali Byworth, who has played on loads of great recordings with me (It’s Jo and Danny, The Yellow Moon Band) and is in 9 Bach gave the whole thing it’s groove, on drums. Then a while later Richard Handyside added some lovely electric guitar and I put down a couple of synth lines.
So as we head towards the finishing line, details of some of the last few Buzz Clubs are sketchy. Danny and myself were living in London by now, each working for indie record labels and along with still being in a band ourselves had also discovered the joys of clubbing. In all the commotion I was failing to write down who was playing the Buzz Club let alone keep any fliers or posters.
I had a system where I would post all my fliers to the local record shops (still mainly Our Prices where we had both previously worked) with promises of guest list places for anyone good enough to display the fliers on their counter. I’d also post the local newspapers (hello Adrian Creek at the Camberley News!) a press release and couple of photos.
We would then head down to Surrey a couple of weeks before the gig was due to take place and stick the posters up in all the usual boarded up buildings etc. One of us jumping out of the car with a bucket of paste and my Mum’s floor brush while the other kept an eye out for Surrey’s finest.
I don’t think there were many bands that were really inspiring me at this time. The best alternative music was coming in from the States with the British serving up a watered down version of what the Americans were doing so well. (A clutch of new British bands were just starting to pick up guitars and break through all this, to shake things up again. More of that soon.)
Midway Still became a sort of by word (ok by words) for this type of British indie as far as I was concerned. It totally makes me think of listening to Gary Crowley on G.L.R. on a Sunday lunch time.
Anyway, here they are. Listening now it sounds ok, but I can hear the echo of Buffalo Tom and Dinosaur Jnr all too clearly.
My thanks to Paul Groovie who recently unearthed these pics and was kind enough to scan them for me.
My teenage bands Go! Service and Bluetrain often used to play at The Room At The Top club night that Dan Treacy from The Television Personalities ran. These pictures are from one such night, a night in fact, where we supported Dan’s band. The club was in a room above The Enterprise pub in Chalk Farm and used to be packed to the rafters. Drinkers downstairs often had bits of plaster fall in their pints, from the ceiling creaking beneath the swell of punters upstairs!
Bristol’s Lund Quartet have had a busy time of it lately, between playing in Lithuania and supporting Jaga Jazzist at The Village Underground in Shoreditch they have also been working on material for their new album, due out next year. Excited to also say that their debut album has just been pressed on vinyl for the first time. News of where to get hold of a copy soon. However, if you are able to make it to either of their gigs this week, you will be able to get yourself some of that lovely vinyl there:
First up is Whelan’s in Dublin on Friday 15th November. Tickets and details here
Then they play as part of the London Jazz Festival on Sunday 17th November at The Hideaway in Streatham details here
Here’s Lund Quartet playing ‘Sequoia’ for the BBC earlier this year:
We had two types of Buzz Club tee shirts printed over our 7 glorious Buzz Club years. The first lot were to celebrate our 5th birthday (as written about here) and the second lot were printed just because we thought it was time to make some more.
These sold out very quickly, I did stash a couple away though. And so, with my shaky hand captured on my ‘phone, here they are:
Designed by Sally Agarwal a friend of ours who was also involved in our short lived Push Records. Sally also designed the sleeve to the debut Push release – ‘That Doesn’t Go There’ by Stoke’s Ruby Tuesdays.