Well it has been a while since I posted here, I have been
busy working on a new bunch of ear candies for you delightful people.
First, I am back on the road playing guitar with UK Decay for a few concerts this year to mark the 40 year anniversary of the band. It has been five years now since UK Decay last played at the Blackpool rebellion Festival back in August 2014. The band is thus far booked to return once more to Wave Gottic Treffen in Leipzig Germany on Saturday June 8th 2019. A month later the band are set to play the Castle Festival in Wraclaw Poland on July 12th. There will of course be UK gigs to be announce for later in the year.
Whilst back in shape on the guitar once more I am currently
crashing out a bunch of new ideas on my updated DAW. I have upgraded this
lately so I have a heap of new software and stuff to aid my quest for the
ultimate auditory orgasm. I will be complementing my usual foray into
Intelligent Drum and Bass and Ambient Dub with new left of field compositions
using cutting edge software plugins and hardware effects. As always I will look
to the past to seek out a future that should have been and could never have
been within this current timeline. Yes at my time in life I have ideas coming
from all directions and I have seldom felt so good about my compositions. There
is some time to go yet before anything will be ready for public consumption but
currently I am reaching perhaps a couple albums worth with a different feel or
style on each. My working title for one of the collections is “Ear Flowers” but
that may change once published. It may be another year before I get this shit
out but I am sure the wait will be worth it.
I have made the decision to mix all of the new material in a
5.1 also called Surround format in a way to kind of future proof it. I will
also be recording my master files to the 192k bitrate, which currently is one
of the highest resolutions possible. All this is to guarantee the best possible
quality. In case you are wondering, there will also be the standard CD stereo quality.
Yesterday I returned to the Hat Factory Arts and Media Center in Luton to take part in an interview with Anglia TV’s Matt Hudson. He is a massive UK Decay fan and sent me a host of live tapes ten years ago when we were getting the UK Decay Communities website going.
Matt is putting together a show that highlights the birth of the punk movement in the Anglia region and what it was like growing up throughout the Punk era. It is something that he is quite knowledgeable about as he grew up in this scene himself. So we had a couple hour chat with edited highlights to be seen on the forthcoming production due out in the new year. Besides your truly Matt has interviewed Steve Ignorant , Chris Needs who played guitar for The Users in Cambridge, Matt Whorley whose book No Future has just been published by Cambridge University Press and Jonty Young who runs the Punk in the East website. There will also be a special emphasis on tales from the gig at the end of the pier, The West Runton Pavilion. So a lot to look forward to!
Please check back here or visit UK Decay ‘s family of websites for updates on this
Abbo and I will be at Luton’s Hat Factory Art’s and Media Centre on Friday 25th November to talk about Punk in the Luton area back in the late seventies. This is part of the “40 years of Punk” celebrations going down over November at that venue and widely across the country. I am hoping to put together a few slides of various characters, bands, venues, fanzines from Luton and the surrounding are during the late seventies early eighties period. Hopefully this inspire discussion among ourselves and the audience.
Then Justin Saban will join us and we shall perform a couple our punk platters ‘unplugged’ style. So after I have written this I had better dust off the cobwebs of my guitar and get practicing!
When are UK Decay returning for more gigs and recordings? – As part of the talk we shall be hosting a questions and answers session hopefully this question and many others will be answered!
Tickets are just £5.00 bookable in advance from here
I shall be calling in on the two punk music documentary s, “The Clash: Westway to the World & Dump it on Parliament Revisted” being shown at The Hat Factory Art and Media Centre in Luton on November 3rd. This being part of the Punk 1976 season…
November 2016 marks 40 years since the release of the Sex Pistols' debut single, Anarchy in the UK. To mark the anniversary of the movement, Luton Culture present a short season of Punk events. Punks influence and impact on Luton will be explored, as well as its continuing influence, from fashion to film, politics to identity, and, of course, music.
A film double bill.
The Clash: Westway to the World is a career retrospective of British punk band The Clash, featuring exclusive interviews with the entire band.
Dump It On Parliament Revisited tells the story of how in 1986 a group of Bedfordshire bands put together a music compilation tape to protest against a proposed nuclear waste dump near Elstow, and how that counter culture, DIY ethic still resonates for local bands and musicians today.
The film, created by Andy Willsher, meshes the past and the present, using interviews and original footage, and referencing the cut-up film making techniques that emerged in the Punk & Post Punk era in the late 1970s & 80s.
I make an appearance in the The Dump It On Parliament Revisited documentary a project I was significantly involved with and very much enjoyed over 2015.
I shall be performing a small solo set alongside Irritant at my dear late friend’s Rising From The Greg tribute event at the Hat Factory in Luton on July 23rd. This is an event supporting local charities. Not too sure at this point, what exactly I am going to do on the night but I am brewing up some ideas that will involve my trusty guitar, we shall have to see what happens!
The entry is free.
I am looking forward to the Dump it on Parliament Revisited wrap party on Monday 20 June 2016, 8.00pm at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, which reflects on last years amazing project I had the honour of being involved with. On the night there will be an exclusive listen to the new post-punk compilation Dump It On Parliament Revisited before its public release on Friday 24 June. The album, which was recorded live last year at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, will be played alongside the first screening of the accompanying documentary film that explores Bedfordshire’s flourishing 1980’s post-punk scene.