For the past two weeks we’ve been running around mad trying to sort out travel arrangements for London after our good friend and incredible go-to tour driver Mark (Soma Studios) set off on a UK tour with the boys from Space. Luckily after a detour via Manchester we were able to pick up a van from Musco Tours and with our main man Guitar Villain at the helm, we were away.
A couple of wrong turns and six and a half hours on the road later we arrived at the Barfly for our first London gig of the year with MAMA presents.
Quick load in, and then we settled in to watch the opening set from London-based international rockabilly band Newstargazers. These guys are awesome, fronted by a frantic, frenetic singer-guitar player and kept together by a great rhythm-and-keyboard section including a (literally) stand-up drummer. Check them out!
We were next up and did our best to turn the cool Wednesday night crowd into a sweaty Friday night mess. Ash was more water than man by the end of the set so I’d say we made a fair job of it.
Next up were Paradise Underground, who are supporting The Ordinary Boys in Brixton at the end of the month, and then headliners The Touch – I didn’t manage to get a photo of these guys but both bands had a really good supportive crowd and did a great job with their own individual take on indie rock.
Soon enough we were back in the van for the long slog back to Liverpool and needless to say after 21 hours on the go we all passed out somewhere on the M1 – except for Guitar Villain, who thankfully hasn’t slept since 1979.
This weekend we’ve been working on the video for our new single “The Morning Paper” which is out on UGLY MAN records on the 23rd November. The good people at Mode Training and Backbone Studios let us use their space for the day, and we enlisted the help of Freakbeat Films to make the whole thing happen.
The song is a first person confessional from the viewpoint of a man who has been driven to do something unspeakable by all of the negative things he’s surrounded himself with, not least of all the hateful words he reads every day over breakfast. When he finally comes to appreciate the perverse glory handed out to killers on the front page of the newspaper, he makes his mind up to do the unthinkable and claim some of that glory for himself.
In the video, we give 3 potential faces to the song’s narrator and pit them against a mysterious, faceless interviewer – I’ve taken to calling him The Auditor, and he has begun to haunt my dreams – in a room that’s 1-part Purgatory, 3-parts Job Centre (it’s not always easy to tell the difference.)
Our protagonists were played with boundless enthusiasm by three of our good friends making their acting debut – John McGlone (Western Promise), Guitar Villain and Jimmy’s very own dad Mooner. The lads pulled off “scary” effortlessly, but with little flourishes of inspired improv they also managed to inject some much-needed humour into the whole thing too.