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19 February 2008

two little songs


we've put two new songs up on our myspace page. the first song is called 'the boy least likely to is a machine' and the second song is called 'a balloon on a broken string', and they're both taken from our new album which will be released in the summer. i think one of them might be a single before then as well. i couldn't fit all of the title for 'the boy least likely to is a machine' into the text box when i was uploading the songs so i've had to abbreviate it to 'tbllt is a machine'. it hurt me to do it.

and also there's the new artwork. it's the first of the characters that make up the artwork for the new album. it's a bird and it's been knitted from one of the drawings that my brother does. but i'll have to post another blog about that tomorrow because it's a long story and it involves pictures and a lot of explaining and i just wanted to post something short and simple today because we were putting the new songs up.

this week we're making a new website. so if you go there you won't find anything except for a page telling you that we're making a new website and a link back here. so it's probably best not to bother. unless you just want to see what that would look like.

also, while i'm thinking about websites and stuff, if anyone out there can help me get rid of the tiny green square next to the bit where it says "books i've liked" on my weblog i would be able to sleep at night again. if no one knows how to get rid of it, perhaps someone might know how to make it red to match the rest of my blog. just wondering.

we did a photo shoot last tuesday because we needed a new photo to go with the two little gigs we're doing at the beginning of march. having my photo taken again reminded me how much i don't like having my photo taken. actually that isn't true. i don't mind having my photo taken as long as i never have to see the photos. but i always end up having to see them. in these latest ones i look like a fat goth in a polo shirt. which wasn't really the look i was going for with this album. in the end we found a photo that we didn't dislike as much as the others so we're using that one. if you go to the photos bit of our myspace page then the new photo might be in there and lots more photos of the knitted bird. i guess we'll have to do some more photos of us next week.

and then we've been rehearsing all week. it was really nice to see the rest of the band again. i hardly get to see them when we're not on tour and i think i might have even missed them. amanda applewood rejoined the band. although she never really left. she just had better things to do that meant she couldn't do the last two tours. i guess the last time she played a gig with us was the v festival. although she did make a guest appearance at the komedia in brighton on the tour last january to play recorder on 'god takes care of the little things'. but that doesn't really count. anyway, it's nice to have 'the harmony machine' back, even if she hasn't learnt any of the new keyboard parts yet.

i have so many things to do. but i'll write again tomorrow.


ps. a few people have emailed us about the age restriction at the water rats show in london in march. although it might be listed in some places as a +18 show, it is in fact a +16 show. which is great news. if you're 16 or 17 years old and you wanted to go.

southampton joiners on sunday 2nd march
tickets are available from www.seetickets.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk
or you can phone 023 8063 2601

london water rats theatre on thursday 6th march
tickets are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk and www.seetickets.com
or you can phone 0870 060 0958 or 0870 060 0100

04 February 2008

the bees of winter

"This is the time of hanging on for the bees - the bees
So slow I hardly know them,
Filing like soldiers
To the syrup tin

To make up for the honey I've taken.
Tate and Lyle keeps them going,
The refined snow.
It is Tate and Lyle they live on, instead of flowers.
They take it. The cold sets in."

- sylvia plath

i feel a bit like we spent most of last year wintering. like bees do. sitting around in an insulated little hive, sealed off from the outside world. waiting out the cold weather and getting fat on our honey stores. keeping warm by flexing our little flight muscles. i read somewhere that wintering bees stick together in a cluster and that the cluster expands and contracts with the temperature. so the colder it gets, the tighter they huddle. i also read that wintering bees can become agitated and defensive if anyone tries to open their hive before it's time. which reminds me of how we were when we were making the album. and it was all very nice and warm and safe in our hive, and we probably could have kept on wintering for another month or two, but we've finished the album and everything we needed to do, so now it really is time for us to come out and get back to being bees again. cross pollinating flowers and making honey for humans to steal.

but before we went ahead and booked an arena tour, we thought it might be a nice idea to do a couple of smaller shows. just so we could try playing some of the songs off our new album and not have to worry about being rubbish in front of too many people. so we'll be doing two shows at the beginning of march. nothing big. just something small and perhaps a little bit special. like secret gigs, but not really that secret at all. a sort of secret that everyone knows.

these are the dates

southampton joiners on sunday 2nd march
tickets are available from www.seetickets.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk or you can phone 023 8063 2601

london water rats theatre on thursday 6th march
tickets are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk and www.seetickets.com or you can phone 0870 060 0958 or 0870 060 0100

and hopefully we'll be doing a few little shows like this all over the place until the album comes out in the summer.

we spent a lovely day mastering the album last week. down in south london with simon francis at masterpiece. when we got there simon had bought us both almond croissants for breakfast. it was my first time with one. i was very impressed. it wasn't too sickly and it wasn't too nutty. which were my initial fears. it was actually very nice. and i like the way the mastered album sounds too, so in the end, a really good day all round. we'll put some new songs up on the myspace page and on the website in the next couple of weeks. and then at the beginning of march we might give a song away for nothing. just for the fun of it. just because we want people to hear it and perhaps even like it and be able to listen to it over and over again if they want to.

"the bees are flying. they taste the spring."

- sylvia plath