Tuesday, 23 June 2009


Despite my heavy eyes and aching head I wanted to write this entry about the weekend that just passed. I spent the majority of it in the capital with my good friends Maybeshewill. They were unlucky enough to lose their bassist the previous weekend, and asked me to cover for this gig in Brixton. I swiftly accepted, dusted off my Jazz Bass and got busy in drop C#. (It just took me about 5 minutes to figure out how to do a hash on a Mac keyboard..)

A week, three rehearsals, and a new jack lead later I was just about ready for it. The journey down to the capital was cool, good tunes, relative comfort in the back of the Maybeshewill van. Although, we spent more time on the road going through the west side of London than we did getting to London itself..

After passing Marble Arch, Buckingham Palace Gardens, Park Lane, the Thames, and MI5 we eventually got to Brixton, and the venue. It was quite a pleasant place, lots of nice people about and a free BBQ, which we immediately swarmed upon. The event was an all-dayer ran by the excellent Cats and Cats and Cats. I managed to catch most of the bands playing of which Shield Your Eyes, Jairus, and Catsx3 stood out the most. We met some nice people, a dog that lived on the roof, and got asked where Jesus was born, before it was our turn to play.

Considering it was 11:30 after an all day event there was a pleasing turnout for our set, which went relatively hiccup free. I broke my belt, and inevitably messed up a couple of times, but really enjoyed it. I think there were a couple of videos taken, which would be interesting to see. It was quite different playing bass on stage, after playing drums with my band for nigh-on two years, but it was nice to swing about a bit (a lot) and have a little expression.

After our set, we packed everything up, got in the van and cracked open some cans. After a couple of hours, a whole heap of TUNES and an amount of beer/cider, we were back in Leicester, and promptly went into Firebug for more drink, with Nathan and Cem (Buenos Aires), Gav (Minnaars) and a few other characters. Times.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

White Noise Stunner

I've spent the last few days recovering from the weekend, which was occupied mainly by the White Noise Summer festival at Firebug. Buenos Aires opened the friday night, so being the first band of the festival and getting our set out of the way meant that mass drinking could ensue. Below is a photo from our set. The turn out was pretty amazing, nigh on 150 people in a 100 capacity venue? Can't be bad, not for the bands anyway. The band after us, called And So I Watch You From Afar quite simply killed it. Probably one of the best live bands I've ever seen. We've had the pleasure of playing with them twice now and they never disappoint. The weekend continued as it began, with great weather, great people and great live music.

My tiresome search for a job has finally provided a fragment of success - I have a trial shift behind the bar at Firebug on Thursday night. I do hope I get the job, as that place seems to be my second home anyway and I'm bored of job hunting now. I have bar experience, and I know half the staff anyway, lets just hope I don't fuck up somehow..

This weekend is the PVS (Performance Vauxhall Show) at Santa Pod Raceway, Northampton. Once again my car will be on the mk3 Astra owners stand, and I'll probably spend most of my day watching the action on the strip. I always look forward to shows like this as it gives me a chance to get away somewhere and see some amazing cars. The VBOA Rally at Billing Aquadrome is next month, which is also a great weekend.

This evening I'm going to tidy my flat, and maybe finish a song I started writing a couple of days ago. Ttfn.