Things are moving for WNR.
I put together a promo video for us for the Doom Town gig:
I also wrote and recorded the first song I’ve ever made as a singer:
I opened my amp up in a panic to replace the internal fuses:
And it turned out that I just had a duff lead and didn’t think to check it.
But of course, as I’ve learned, two steps forward requires one step back, so our drummer is leaving to live in either Spain or London.
It’s taken a while, but White Noise Radio are now live and kicking; booking gigs over the summer. We sound like this:
And we look like this:
And if you get the chance, you should come see us.
More bits and pieces off my phone from the last few months:
Funky jam evening at the Hatchet down in town.
Abort! Abort!’s stage setup at the Stag and Hounds. Two men use all this gear!
Wes Borland’s tiki hut delight at the O2.
Riverside at the Fleece (which is under threat of closure!)
Here’s a little vanity shot of all my gear in one place. See below for an exhaustive and boring list of what all the colourful little boxes are called.
1997 Fender USA Lonestar Stratocaster
1980-something Westone Thunder 1
1991 PRS CE 24
Simon & Patrick SP6 Dreadnought
Johnny Brooke Precision-style bass
Cort C4 Active Bass
Amp (big box):
Diezel Einstein 50W Head
Zilla 1×12 oversized cab
Effects (little boxes):
Boss GT-100 Multi-FX
Digitech Whammy 4
Sonuus G2M Midi converter
DSI Mopho Synth
PRS DI Box
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
Rockbox Boiling Point OD
TC Electronic Ditto Looper
BOSS External switch
Sleeping Dog BABY A/B/Y switcher
I took a few photos for my website too; here’s one that didn’t quite make the cut:
One more demo in the bag, here’s what the solo looks like!
Listen to the whole thing here:
Here’s a song we’ve been wrestling with for the last couple of months. I’m really happy with how it’s ended up, we’re really starting to define a sound for ourselves.
Again, it is purely instrumental as we are *still* looking for a singer.
So it’s a new year, and as one of my resolutions I’m no longer going to be a part of JAMA. It’s always hard to leave a band but in this case I believe it is the best thing to do for all of us. There have been good times, interesting times and a fair few scorching solos so I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed it. It is , however, the end of the road for me with JAMA. Here are a few mementoes from the last year.
Danger close photograph onstage in the foyer of the Colston Hall.
Onstage at Harbourside festival. We were the final band before the heavens opened and effectively ended the festival.
Promo photo shot at Mivart Studios in Easton. Guillaume (centre) has a terrifying stare.
Here’s a little snippet from our set at Brisfest over summer as well. I’m very glad I got the opportunity to play here in my first year in the city. Much more to come in the new year!
Toehider are bringing out a new album, and in the hopes of enticing Mr. Mills to the UK I’ve covered this little gem. Enjoy; it’s short but intense!
Toehider are an Australian band I stumbled across on Bandcamp a few months ago. All the music is created by Michael Mills from his studio/garage which makes the sheer quality of every part of the band even more amazing! Check them out here: http://toehider.bandcamp.com/
More to come soon! Happy New Year to you all (just on the deadline for that to be inappropriate. One last time!)
Spent a little time recording this – a great song off a great album. Scroll down to watch the solo close-up!