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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Evans The Death

If you've been following my humble blog since I started writing to the interwebs at large in March, you'll know that I have a propensity to keep on about stuff that I like, ad nauseam, until you start to like it too.

Today's post is no different. It essentially consists of me telling you that you have to listen to a pop group called Evans The Death right now because if you don't, you'll be a little less happy than those who have; and when they become the latest 'it' band, you'll be a little less cool than all your friends who will have wisely checked them out way before you bothered to.

So, their name comes from Dylan Thomas's play, 'Under Milk Wood'. In Wales they have a weird custom whereby people are named after something to do with their profession; Mr Evans, for instance, is an undertaker, hence Evans the Death. I frequently used to visit Swansea and was often greeted by So-and-so the Milk, etc.

Back to the group! There's five of them: they're all jangling guitars and crashing drums, nicely finished by Katherine Whitaker's freefalling lullaby vocals. A bit Smiths, a bit Duke Spirit, a bit Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, they sound like they're still sort of in their infancy but they've definitely got the potential to make your heart ache.

I think their songs were recorded with a certain Mr Brattwell recently, which is fun. They're also playing a bunch of London shows this Summer, and I hope to play on the same bill as them very shortly. Watch this space.

http://myspace.com/evansthedeath

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Picture Pretty split tape release

I was in a band ages ago called Picture Pretty, we've just had a tape released by a cool tape label called Tye Die Tapes. Check it out, maybe buy one.

Samuel and I don't get any money from this, if you're Real Life Friends of ours we'll give you one for free. Result!

Jamboree

A little club, run down but brimming with vitality. Located in deepest darkest Cable St and home to the best and most worthwhile artists in London. Jamboree's jazz and blues nights have religious and raucous followers. I dare you to visit on a Monday night; seriously.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Poetry

I'm in the final of the George Tavern's poetry competition, as judged by Ben Drew, AKA Plan B and John Cooper Clarke. Plan B will be playing live, and if I win the contest I might be asked to read out my entry.

Exciting!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Joyzine: Signal To Noise

I recently wrote an article about two of the few bands/artists making music who I genuinely care about. Joyzine decided to publish it.

Follow the link, because this is important.

http://www.joyzine.org/signaltonoise.html

Monday, 9 August 2010

Jam

Last night I ended up in what is fast becoming my favourite city haunt, The George Tavern, for some free BBQ food and a psychedelic musical improv with members of Flats, Blue On Blue, Teeth Of The Sea, The Homosexuals and some very friendly Spanish men who were quite keen to get to know me, apparently. I stomped, hand-clapped, tambourined and drummed for hours, my hands and arms are aching today but I had a blast.