Time to pick a T-shirt!

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Okay, here are the four designs we’ve picked out. Here’s #1:

tshirt design #1

And here’s #2:

tshirt design #2

Here’s a variation on the ‘believer’ theme, #3:

tshirt design #3

The design is a little small, so here’s a closer shot of the design of #3:

detail of tshirt design #3

And finally, a totally different look, sorta Ramones-ey, #4:

tshirt design #4

(Okay, so Raymond’s name is misspelled. We’ll fix that if this is the one you guys want.)

So what do you think? I know which one I like, but I’m not going to tell you. The back of all these shirts will be the same:

back of t-shirt

So there you have it. It’s up to you. Vote early, vote often. No! Don’t cheat. In fact, I think the poll software is clever enough to only let you vote once, so you better choose carefully!

Which is your favo(u)rite t-shirt design?

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Help us design a t-shirt, part 1.

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:

What are your favorite t-shirt colo(u)rs? (You can check up to three options.)

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Freakin’ great.

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.

Well lookie here

To think this is what started it, all those years ago:

Singer Wanted...

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. 

It’s official.

We’re gonna play.

This summer, at the Electric Picnic festival just outside of Dublin. The festival runs August 29th – 31st. We don’t know when we’re playing yet, but there are no single day tickets, anyway. You’re in for the entire weekend.

Some other great bands have also been announced. This should be a real treat.

For more info, check out the Electric Picnic Site.

Talk about Synchronicity

So I’m sure my brain was engaged, but not fully connected.

I wrote the first blog post talking about the things that have inspired me the past few years, including the Gang of Four, and then of course I spend the next two days hanging out with Dave Allen. How cool is that?

Dave and I are sort of on eerily parallel courses right now. I’m in Seattle, he’s in Portland. We’ve both got design/consulting/new media companies. We’re both trying to rally our band mates into taking this new internet/social network/music/community thing head on.

What a great guy, and he’s got a great blog (now in the blog roll of course): pampelmoose.com. You should check it out.

Why were Dave and I hanging out, you might ask? We’re both members of the Recording Academy (the folks who bring you the Grammys), and we just had a two day Music Tech conference about the intersection of technology and the music industry. It was two days of really great information. We’re posting video of all the panels. I gave the first workshop and moderated the panel on digital distribution. Dave moderated the panel on social networking. Pretty critical stuff, if you’re a musician.

You can check out the video archives here.