Hey guys, I’ve been contemplating writing a monthly blog for quite a while now, so rather than think about I thought I’d just jump in and give it a go. Obviously it’s a great way to interact with people and let them know what’s going on in the band but also gives me (and maybe the other 2) a chance to reflect and look back on what we have achieved and maybe what we can improve on. Being in an unsigned originals band can often be a hard slog, especially with all other work and life commitments. You can be left wondering if there is actually any point or worth to doing it. On my worse days I never want to play music again but it is also one of the best things in the world and I know my life wouldn’t feel complete without it. I love writing music and I would feel pretty empty without it.
2017 couldn’t really have been any worse as far as personal lives go and it left us standing still at best, at worse I reckon we took steps back that halted our progress quite dramatically. It was incredibly frustrating especially after starting the year the way we did. We got to play to a packed house at Leeds 02 academy in January 2017 and it was honestly one of the most incredible performing experiences of my life (even if I did stand on my guitar lead and pull it out during the second song!). The crowd reaction was unbelievable and it left us feeling that we were going to push on and really make a name for ourselves. It never panned out that way though.
Without going into too much detail there were many events beyond our control that left us wondering if were even in the right place in life to carry the band on. It wasn’t really any of the band members fault but I guess there was a bit of resentment creeping in from us when things weren’t getting done that in my eyes needed to be. It felt like one fuck up after another with us seriously taking our eye off the ball. This wasn’t what I signed up for and it wasn’t even enjoyable at that point, it felt like work, like a job and that was the worst feeling of all.
At the end of 2017 I decided that I was really going to try again. We finally released our music video for ‘Save You’. It has received a lot of positive feedback which I really appreciate and feel proud of. I love playing music with Tom and Luke, we have a connection I haven’t felt with other musicians. We are honest with each other too about song ideas, even if it does sting sometimes! I started writing pages of lyrics again for the first time in months and demoing loads of material. I set myself a target of getting some music out of me on a weekly basis, regardless of what it was or If it would ever be used. I just wanted to feel creative again.
I entered 2018 in a much more positive mind set and have tried to keep an ongoing motto of 'Putting the hard work in for it to eventually pay off'. Little baby steps and little achievements to tick off and carry on on the road to the next one. Weirdly the year started the same, we played at the 02 academy in Leeds again. Again it was amazing to play on such a stage and in front of such a big crowd. The momentum then started to pick up.
We were asked to play a new event called 360RAW which is a combination of Leeds promoter Richard Watson and BBC Introducing DJ Alan Raw putting a new night on to showcase the best up and coming bands and to give them a bit more a platform. We were honoured to be asked and said yes straight away. Then it was time to rehearse for it and decide which songs we would put in the set to give a true representation of our band. This took quite some time and some disagreements but we got there in the end and put together a great set.
The night itself was awesome. We were the second highest selling band in terms of ticket sales which was really pleasing and humbling to have so much support from people old and new to the band. The place was packed and the reaction while we were playing was fantastic. We had a great show and I felt really good about it. However I always have little things that I think could have gone better. We played a new track called ‘616’ which has a few complicated sections. It was going great and I started to relax into it, big mistake! I ended up losing the plot a bit at the end of the solo. This really frustrated me as I had practised so hard. I tried not to let it bother me too much though. I think the moral of this story is to never think ‘I got this’. Always be on your toes as you don’t know what is going to happen next. Practicing at home and in the rehearsal space is all well and good but it doesn’t prepare you for rushing to set your gear up in between bands, monitor issues, not being able to warm up, all that kind of stuff that you don’t always think about. Gigging is the only way to iron out these issues and gigging regularly, something which we hadn’t been doing as much. Other than that and leaving my pedal board at the gig (dickhead) I looked back at the night and thought ‘We smashed that gig’ and that’s all you can ask for. We can make the improvements next time and give it even more.
The 360RAW gig was also good because we were on a ‘rock’ line-up that showcased various bands from the scene. This weekend just gone (March 3rd) we ventured up to Stockton on Tees for a show. We braved the weather and had a little road trip. Unfortunately not many other people did so it was very quiet. It felt different this time though, no getting down hearted and no in fights about it. We embraced it. We had a laugh and a right good old piss take and just played to the best of our ability.
The reason I bring up the line-up at the previous gig is because we were totally not suited to the bill in Stockton. Loads of different styles can sometimes be a good thing but not always. It really does frustrate me to see people still trying to rip of Oasis. I suppose it’s the old ‘you just don’t get it’ kind of thing and I don’t but I can always see value in music when it is done well and there is heart and soul poured into it. I just don’t see that in those bands, it feels cynical and seems to be all about the look (yeah I know you need an image) and getting pissed.
Anyway, it’s safe to say that we have made a great start to 2018 with ‘Save You’ still slowly but surely grabbing people’s attention. We have a new single called ‘Never Stand Alone’ coming out very soon with a video to accompany it. I can’t wait to get it out, it is the best sounding production we have got so far. We do it all ourselves at the moment with Luke mixing and producing it. I’m really happy with it and feel really good for him and us that it’s just all our own work. It’s something I think we are all really proud of.
We will be releasing a brand new EP in the middle of the year too. It’ll be about time, it’s taken a lot of work but it will definitely be worth it. We have a lot of good gigs lined up this year so I’ll keep you updated as we go along. I plan on writing this bollocks every month so until then thanks for reading and i'll hopefully see you at a gig soon!