May:I'm standing in for the usual newshound Andrew. So what's new I hear you screaming. Well my friends all is well in land of Parts, the gig at The Woughton gig proved to be resounding success (see the reviews page for more info), with the DAT/Mini disc being mixed and fiddled about with by Mac at a secret location somewhere in deepest Buckinghamshire!! The aim is to have a CD ready in the next couple of weeks. All is quiet on the gigs front with myself and the Chuckle Brothers going off on holiday (not together I must add). Special mention to the older bass playing Chuckle, or Andrew as he's known to us,for his tireless search for new gigs. He's phoned loads of grumpy Landlords (and believe me they have been grumpy, must be something in the job description)to ask for gigs
Well, haven’t been writing much recently. Time to just put a few comments down, to keep things up to date.
Still practicing and still not getting any easier! Our “original” practice room, at Thor and Odins pub was re-opened, and we had to make a forced return, since the arty people at the Milk-and-Beans place (Westbury – I’ve just remembered the name) turfed us out, for some kind of nude modelling with a turnip, or something similar. Anyway, its good to be in a large room, with space to move around etc. But, it served a purpose. Still no return of Odin and Thor though.
Last week saw us back to Westbury. It really is a great to practice, with a tremendous sound quality. This is greatly helped with Marks purchase of a Marshall combo. At last spending money sensibly! OK, it is on one occasion, but at least we all benefit!! “Wall of Death” now resides down at the local Cash Converters!
During this week, Mac rings us up, saying would we be prepared to play at the Fox and Hounds in Stony (no-e) Stratford on Saturday! Gulp!. Anyway, lets look at the facts. I’m my usual self, can play most of the songs, but not all (as ever), and Mac is still learning. Mark has been off work ill, now recovering, while Darren has just caught something and has a sore throat and cold. So, we can’t play 100%, can’t sing, and don’t feel well. Hmmm….lets not do the gig! As it happens, while we start to practice, Mac is heard to say “maybe it was a good idea not to accept the gig!”. ‘Nuff said.
A lot of hard graft later, and we finish the first half of the set, Mac is nearly there now. Next week, we’ll do the second half, then the week after pull it all together ready to start the gigs again! At last!
Back to the art college, for more interesting pieces of art, and…of yes…. some music!
2 pieces of news!
1) Mac was playing at The Woughton Centre in one of his other bands the weekend before. This place is a 4-500 person standing hall, where many top bands have graced the stageboards! After a major gig, the gear is usually left up, for smaller, local bands to play on. And Mac has now managed to get us a gig in there! Apparently it was booked up for the year, but a cancellation came along, into which Mac signed us up! So, Sunday 30th April is going to be one scarey day!!
2) And even bigger news….Mark got his “wall of sound” fixed!! Yes, he took it down the local music shop, and had it looked at. And after all the trouble, they only replaced a volume pot!
But armed with his “new” sound, Mark even found time to restring his 2nd guitar. He plugs in and, hey, it sounded pretty good! So we ploughed on during the practice, which again sounded very good.
But wait! The week wouldn’t be the same without a story from the Walsh boy. So, during the set, Marks’ amp starts making thumps, like Macs’ bass drum. I actually thought it was, until Mac got up and walked away from his kit, only to hear the noises carry on! Hmmm, interesting.
Mark! When will you save your beer and fag money up to buy some good equipment?!?!
So Mac wonders over to have a look, and immediately spots the wrong type of lead running from his amp to the speaker cab. That comes out straight away, to be replaced with a proper lead! But the problem was still there, so the “wall of sound” is to be returned! The story continues…
So now its ring around and see if we can find some gigs before the 30th April. Lets hope pubs will be open to bookings!
Well, here we are again.!
And time to confess! Along the way, we have picked up another drummer! Yes, number…. well I’m not sure really. We bumped into “Mac” last year, and, as you do, got talking, and seemed pretty keen to have a go at this type of music, which is somewhat different to the styles he is also playing in his other bands. But of course we were still playing with Roy, so couldn’t really do much.
And over the Christmas break, we basically broke the band. We weren’t too sure what we were going to do in 2000, if anything. And so we ended up into February, and decided to …. continue! And with Roy getting a load of gigs with his other band, we thought Mac might want to have a bash for a while, and see how it goes.
So Thursday was on, and we were all fired up again! Until “The Curse Of Walsh” strikes again! Having supposedly booked the practice room, he finally checks the weekend before, only to find the place is shut! A “bit of trouble” from last weekend had meant that the place had been shut down. Great! So quick phone call to Mac, and straight away he comes up trumps! Yes he knew of a place he’d used before, and it was free.
So off we trundled, to the great city of Milton Keynes, to an art college’s drawing room! Hmm, interesting. When we eventually found it, you have to drive past 2 Metros piled ontop of each other (art!!) and a Shove-it (Chevette) hatchback, dressed up as a hedgehog! The room itself is pretty good though, with a superb sound quality. The items of art keep us amused during the usual gaps of “what shall we play now?”. For example… a large white fish with chicken legs and pigeons wings! There must be some meaning in this, but what it is, who knows?!?!
Anyway, what an excellent practice! We played for just under 2 hours, I had cramp (which is just about all the time), Darren got a blister and Mark… well he just got better! Mac played a blinder, picking up the songs (most of which he hadn’t heard of) a bit too quick for comfort! This blokes goooood!!
And during this, Mac’s mate (an Australian hippy called Steve) was recording it. The outcome of this, see the next weeks review.
So, after this bash, Mac was even more up-for-it! So we continue next week...
Well, not much going on at the moment. If all things go to plan, we should be rehearsing (read: Andrew to start remembering the songs again!) at the begining of Feb.. Keep checking this page for details of what we are doing. We will post them as soon as we have any!