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. 

Now just hold onto yer horses.

I understand there are substantial rumors (or should I say rumours) of our impending date(s).

All dates, with the exception of the Electric Picnic, are still in flux. We’ve had some rather exciting news in the last 24 hours. We’re hoping to be able to tell you shortly. In the meantime, please just hold tight. We’re trying to figure out a way to see as many of you as possible.

And for those of you who notice these things, I still haven’t successfully upgraded the site, so things may be wonky for awhile longer…over and out.

Site Maintenance

Okay kids –

Don’t be surprised if things are a bit odd for a day or two. I need to upgrade the blog software, the forum software, and the software that in theory ties them both together.  Then, I promise, I’ll start treating this like a proper blog and will be updating more frequently.

First big news… we’ll be doing some additional dates, which should help out you folks who won’t be at the Electric Picnic…

Okay, I’m back and rarin’ to go.

Getting married is fun.

So is going on honeymoon. Especially if it’s to Tahiti. Highly recommended.

Preparation for the Electric Picnic continues apace. The rehearsals are going very, very well. Let’s just say we’re really excited about this.

Oh, and while I’m at it, it was really nice to come home to an email from a friend that noticed that we were mentioned on the Guardian blog. Funny how the planets seem to align from time to time. See for yourself:

TPE in the Guardian.

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.

From the Archives #4

Sorry about the delays, kids.

I’m almost done with school this quarter, so hope to be able to contribute more regularly. In the meantime:

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From the Archives, #2

You can all thank Kate for this (and the remainder of these that I post).

Mark Goodier show, live from Belfast. We were on fire, if I do say so myself. It was one of the best, if not the best radio performance I remember doing.

True story: at one point during a stage dive a necklace given to me by a very dear friend exploded. I didn’t realize until after the gig, at which point I jumped into the audience and started collecting pieces of the necklace.

Of course, being Petrols fans, a bunch of folks immediately cleared out a big circle, and four or five got down on their knees with me and picked up all the pieces. I still have the necklace to this day – my friend Victoria rebuilt it when I saw her next.

<sniff>

I <heart> you guys.

s.

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Yer on yer own.

Okay, due to popular demand, the forum is now unmoderated.

I just did a sh*tload of work designed to confuse spambots, so with any luck we won’t be inundated with porn or ads for pills. However, if these measures don’t work, we’ll have to go back to moderated posts.

If anyone sees any crap in there, don’t worry – I get notified any time anything happens, so it won’t be there for long. Let’s hope the little spam counter at the bottom of the forum pages just quietly keeps incrementing…

From The Archives

Hey all –

Here’s a track that probably very few of you have or ever heard. It’s on a Beefheart tribute album called Fast & Bulbous that came out in ’88 (holy sh*t that sounds like a long time ago). It’s interesting for a number of reasons. First, it was recorded around the time of End of the Millenium, so we’re still messing around with samples and dance rhythms. Listen closely at the end, and you’ll hear the Ohio Players. That’s right, the Ohio Players. And it’s perfectly in tempo, and in the right key!

Then there’s also a “Big Flame-esque” section that we added to the song. It’s interesting as a historical artifact – it sounds a bit glued-in to my ears now – but taken on its own, it does sound “Beefheartian.” (I remember John O’Neill saying this about Circusville at our second or third gig at the Mean Fiddler in 1986) And it just goes to show the vast spectrum of music we were absorbing at the time – from Curtis Mayfield to Big Flame, Beefheart to Bambatta. It’s no wonder we encountered a few growing pains.

Anyhow, enjoy. I’m not sure whether to put this up as a podcast or a download – I guess for now I’ll put it up as an in-page player, and also as a link to download.

Oh – freakin’ far out. The PodPress plugin does it all automatically for you. Thanks, PodPress!

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