Two steps forward

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:

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And it turned out that I just had a duff lead and didn’t think to check it.

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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.

Phone Dump

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!)

Glamour Shoot

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.

Guitars:

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

JOYO Chorus

MXR Dynacomp

JOYO EQ

Rockbox Boiling Point OD

TC Electronic Ditto Looper

AROMA Tuner

BOSS External switch

Sleeping Dog BABY A/B/Y switcher

Ibanez Tubescreamer

BOSS DD-3

Digitech DigiDelay

 

I took a few photos for my website too; here’s one that didn’t quite make the cut:

 

 

 

 

 

No more JAMA

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.

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.

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.

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!

 

 

Smash It Out!

Video

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!)