Okay folks, time for a new game. We want to make some t-shirts. We want you to buy said t-shirts. (Petrol costs being what the are, etc.) So we thought we’d have you help out, and tell us what you wanted. We’ll ask a few questions over the next week or so, and then we’ll have a go at some designs. Hell, if you’ve got ideas for designs or slogans, we’re interested in that too. Finally, we’ll have you vote for your favorites, and we’ll print ’em up.
Sound like fun? Sure it does. Okay, here’s step one:
The secret London warm-up date is set. We’ll be playing Tuesday, August 26th, at the Dirty Water club in Tufnell Park.
It’s a fantastic place to see a band, run by really great people. We couldn’t be happier. You can buy tickets online here.
Visit the Dirty Water club’s website to see pictures from other shows, and take a minute to watch the fantastic Night Marchers video. Yow! Who wants to run the video camera for our show?
Then I guess you’ll want to know the dates, right? Ask and ye shall receive:
Tuesday, August 26th: secret London gig (venue *almost* confirmed)
Thursday, August 28th: Irish warm-up at The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Ireland. Tickets online here.
Saturday, August 30th: The Electric Picnic, Portaloise, Ireland. Tickets online here.
Mrs. Pirate Palmer, you may thank us in person later.
dig the new outro.
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That’s how good the rehearsal was last night.
It’s the first time we’ve rehearsed the full line up since last October when we first tested the idea. Raymond, Damian, Ciaran, and Brendan have been rehearsing instrumentally for a few months now, and I’ve been singing in my bathroom. It was sublime.
First we ran through the pop hits. Hey Venus, Big Decision, Sensitize, Infinite Thrill, Tingle, Shangri-La, Good Thing… holy crap. How come we didn’t have permanent residence in the charts? These songs are GREAT, and they still sound fresh to me. Sure, I’m biased. But I’m right. It’s like that poster I’m seeing in the tube stations for Jeremy Clarkston’s new book: “They’re back. And they were right about everything.”
Then came the rock songs – Catch a Fire, Detonate My Dreams, Abandon, Scumsufing. Wow. They’ve worked out some new arrangements for Abandon and Scumsurfing that will blow your socks off. It was loud, it was powerful, tight, melodic… it was freakin’ great.
Day off today, then a day long rehearsal on Saturday. We should have news about warm-up dates after that.
We all are!
Time for us to shake off some of the rust and start rocking.
So who is going to go see My Bloody Valentine, then?
To think this is what started it, all those years ago:
Actually, this isn’t how we met. We got connected through a friend, who was dating a waitress, who was working at the same pizza joint Steve was. Still – a blast from the past.