September 24, 2011
The hunt for Elvis…
April 13, 2011
We came across this painting in the Maritime Museum in Oslo… but try as we might, could find no reference on the wall about who it was by, when it was painted and so on.
But if you look right into the distance, and listen hard enough, you can see and hear that the boat is crewed by the people who’ve looked at the painting a moment too long…
February 14, 2011
We’ll be writing more songs about the sea these days then…
February 4, 2011
At the last show, we played an old new song, ‘The Intelligence Decline’. It’s one from the original set of demos I wrote and recorded in our Lee Green days.
Helen and I lived in on the top floor of an old converted police station (yes, the one from ‘Lee Green Blues & Reds’). Now that was a construction built to last… double brick walls throughout, perfect for recording guitars and vocals without bothering neighbours. I’d spend the odd hour here an there adding & tweaking things. It took months.
When we recorded ‘The Loss…’, we did it all in the lovely Bark studios, where we could make as much noise as we like. But when you record like that, and you pay for every minute, you tend to do everything pretty quickly.
For the next album, we may try a mix and match of the two.
And and long last, do a full band version of ‘The Intelligence Decline’…
February 1, 2011
Good morning from the GMTC. Just a wee note, as this train rattles towards a far off destination, to say thank you to Pop Art for having us along to their 5th Birthday Party, and to you for coming along to see us. We had a brilliant time.
Thoughts now turn to the second album… Tales of death, woe and general inconvenience, part II. Though rumour has it some of the songs are of a cheerier disposition. We’ll see, my friends, we’ll see…
January 28, 2011
“Nixon was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad”
Hunter S Thompson
…and yet, the man loved bowling. We all love bowling, surely, just a little bit. Except Karl, our drummer, who hates it in every… last… detail. I think that’s down to the shoes, perhaps. Bad shoes can make the grandest of affairs seem tawdry and desperate.
Tomorrow, Saturday 29th, we’re playing at the fabulous Bloombury Bowling Alley at PopArt’s 5th Birthday Party. Nixon won’t be there, but I’m reliably informed they’ve installed a Don Draper Room. I’ll believe it when then seventh whiskey comes around.
We’re on at 5:45pm, sharp. It’s here on the map, in between Russell Square & Euston Square stations.
There’s a ton on other brilliant bands on too, from 3.30pm.
And, of course, there’s bowling. Karl will hate it.
January 24, 2011
Last practice before the gig this Saturday… and Hilary’s turned it into Gamages Model Bake Club. Mmmm. Cheese & Marmite puffs, in case you were curious…
January 22, 2011
We were terrifically humbled the other evening as our dear friend Alice Gun had asked if she could cover Sail On… as if we’d have ever said ‘no’. As the shiver ran down my spine I managed to film it with the steadiest hand I could.
She may well cover it again at her album launch on Friday 18th March, I would hastily encourage you to find out more here and come along…
…not least because what we’ve heard of the album and saw the other night at the gig. Plus, you get a free album with your ticket, I’m hearing…
Next Saturday (29th January) we’re playing the fabulous Popart Weekender at the Bloomsbury Bowl… two whole days of the finest music you’ll find this side of The Big Lebowski.
We’re on at 5:30pm.
Bring your dancing shoes if you can bowl in them, or your bowling shoes if you can dance in them…
January 2, 2011
Even with the Gamages preoccupation with death, I feel that a coffin-shaped overdrive pedal is maybe a step too far…