|Richard John-Riley. Guitar Player.||
We've been recording parts for Holloway since just before Xmas. As usual it's a long haul but I'm so confident with the songs for this record. In contrast to Not If But When, the eleven tracks that make up Holloway are thoroughly road-tested. All but three songs have been played live many times and the remainder have at least been recorded once or more before. So the content for this album is harder, darker and sometimes less pleasant than NIBW. It's a little like having a spicy curry when you've been eating at home for a while. A nice change, something you could get used to. Something you'd like to have again.
I am delighted to announce that I have a new band to play with. Bath based "Lose The Shoes" have invited me to join them alongside guitarist Glenn Tommey, keyboardist Jon Baker, drummer Andrew Marsden (Codge) and bass player James Warren. We play a lively mixture of funk, rock and disco covers. It's a whole lot of fun !
I'm excited because my record "Not If But When" appears to be a success after nearly ten years. I owe a huge amount to Chris McGranaghan and my sister Audrey, who together have re-discovered and re-launched the labour of love I created back in 2006. At the same time Audrey is also releasing another of my songs called "Oh Sarah" on 7" single later this year. All this activity has inspired me to write and record a second album, Holloway. I hope to release it in the Autumn. Recording is going really well and I am very pleased to have been joined by some old and new friends on this recording. It's a departure from "Not If But When", a little less progressive, a little more rocky. I am very lucky to be talking to "Static Caravan" of the USA regarding releasing one particular track called "I Can't Tell You" as a 7" single for the American market. It's early days and nothing definite but hopefully this will turn into a reality. So, two albums and two singles in a year. That's not bad going. I'm also looking at more gigs and hopefully a little trip over to the European mainland. See you there ! x
Whooo... eeee. I'm £200 on discogs this week. An unusual feeling. My good friend Chris of TOR records in Rugely is doing great work for Not If But When. So, my next album is on the way. Some tracks recorded already. And I'm looking at where to play in Staffordshire. Hope you can make it.
Been a while since I last posted to this blog. Lot happened since Jan 2013. I had another life event which has left me more than a little wounded. I find myself living alone now which I haven't done for a while. Music went on hold for a couple of years while I sorted myself out. Coming back to it now. Biggest news for ages is that a nice guy who owns a record store is telling everyone he knows about Not If But When, my 2006 album (ten years ago!) which I printed to vinyl and thought nobody cared about. Seems like a few people like it and there appears to be a reason to record some more music which is my aim now before March next year. I don't have that many bands now. Bashema joined a band, Mireille had a baby and Elliot changed direction. There are a couple of bright spots on the horizon but more later. Meanwhile I keep up the day job and look to the future. Looking forward to Oh Sarah coming out on vinyl before Xmas with Shoot Me on the reverse. They were two of the products of a big spurt of writing that I did in late 2011 then went on to record at Audreys place. Sound pretty good. I think they are being released by my sisters label: AR Records.
Hi again. It's May now. That album for Dymphna is rolling on and on. Made some good sounds and am looking forward to the month end deadline. After that we've got some plans. Album for a good friend of mine and a great singer called Gina. Looking forward to that. Little bit country, little bit rock n' roll :-)
Seems like that winter didn't want to leave and I'm afraid that two of my favourite Bristol bands may not be waking up to see the summer of love. So come on Mireille and Elliot, we need your music.
Recently saw Caitlin Rose at the Fleece. She's a wildcat and has a great band
Is it really a whole year since I wrote anything on this blog? My bad. A quick resume then;
January: Recording my own songs for a change with my sis in Uppingham
Feb: Recording Bashema's EP, gigging with Elliot Hall, Mirielle Mathlener and some DJ gigs
March: More gigs and some running
April: Gigs and rehearsal with Chris Halliwell in Sheffield as "Heath Common and The Thin Man". Then ran the London Marathon
June: Gigs with Elliot and Bashema. Then the North Devon Marathon.
July: Priddy Fest, recording for The Kazoo Keepers, more visits to Sheffield.
August: Went to France and moved house
September: Gigs and recording with Elliot, Mirielle and Bashema and others!
October: More gigs!
November: Gigs with Elliot, Bashema and Mirielle and also making guitars
December: More gigs, making and selling guitars
There was more than this going on. Many festivals with Bashema, Elliot and Mirielle. Lots of good things in Sheffield and Yorks with Chris and friends. Nice holiday in France which ran right alongside a stressy house move. Cigar Box Guitars sold well in December and continue to be popular. Next up is recording an album for Dymphna in January/Feb. More details as I have them!
Happy New Year! Been a busy start to the new year. First week recording with Audrey, five great tracks. Following weekend recording Bashema Hall's new EP which sounds equally brilliant. Since then gigs with Mirielle Mathlener and Bashema, loads of time spent in front of the DPS data mashing and generally making things sound excellent
Peformed with Chris Pattemore in Bristol last night. Mr Wolf's on St Stephens St. As venues go it's pretty good. You get food and beer and the PA is OK. Just those three things alone make a difference and when the artists feel the love it comes back in the performance. Couple of times tho (not last night) I've been to Mr Wolfs and artists just haven't turned up. Seems like someone needs to get serious. Promoting a club is hard work and if the artists can't be bothered then why should the audience? (off soap box)
Prepping like mad for two weeks of recording after Xmas. The DPS is now cased, I've bought new leads and stands etc. Now working my way through my broken leads. Really looking forward to recording Bashema's EP.