I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus for the last year as you may have noticed. Moving out of England to the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. It’s been splendid and trying in ways I had not expected, but I’ll save the details of that for the pub.
Through out this period I have however finished my forthcoming 3rd album, entitled ‘Where the Wasteland Ends’, more on that later. Whilst mixing it I stumbled across old tracks on my hard drive and got a bit nostalgic for days gone by. I realised that classic songs such as ‘Odessa!’ and ‘This I Ask of You’ are ten years old this year, can you believe it?! So I had a thought to do a rerelease of sorts to celebrate them, whilst filling the gap between now and the third album release.
So today I am releasing ‘Homage to Holloway’, a 4 track ep with the old versions of ‘Odessa!’ and ‘This I Ask of You’, WITH THE ORIGINAL VOCAL. That may please some as I have been hounded for changing it ever since those songs appeared on my first album, ‘Heathcliffian Surly’. Playing on those original recordings were, Greg Duncan on guitar, Odel Jeffries on drums, and Tom Armstrong on bass…the original Big Sur line-up. Accompanying those two songs are an original band version of ‘Last Embrace’, recorded at the Islington Arts Factory, circa 2007, with Peter Hall on drums and Marti Bowley on double bass…and ‘Who Would Have Thought We Would Go to the Moon and Stop’, the original demo recorded in my old attic room in Tufnell Park.
It’s called Homage to Holloway because that was a working title for an album I imagined before I actually pulled myself together and released something. All these songs are from my days spent living somewhere off the Holloway Road, which I have mythologised significantly over the years. If you’re an appreciator of that area of London, you may recognise the cover of this ep as being the Morrisesque carpet of the Prince Edward pub on Parkhurst Road, famed for its packets of fridge fresh chicken Walkers and the best pint of Fosters you’re likely to find anywhere. Not even joking there.
Should any of this stir up fond memories for days gone by in London, head over to the bandcamp page and download to quench that thirst.
Whilst you’re chewing over that I bring you news of an actual event worth shouting about. Wednesday October 14th, 2015, I’ll be back in London for the third album launch. The whole band will be there, as will the new album, available on CD. We’re holding this launch party gig at one of our favourite venues, Power Lunches on Kingsland Road. Our old friends Zamos/Toehammer/Slowride, or whatever they’re called now, will be supporting. Fiver in on the door. No petals from a great height, only spit from the same.
That’s enough for now.