Pages 1 & 2 – The Great Unravelling – a simple blood cell…but twisted somehow – reflecting the spiralling lines of life behind it. The principle means of delivering oxygen to the body – the stuff of life – and a perfect starting point for how I was to interpret this lyric.
Pages 3 & 4 – a cosmic way to illustrate ‘The strands of time, the rules and chains that bind us’. I really can’t explain this image other than to say I hope it does exactly what it says on the bottle… or how I thought the lyric describes… maybe it has something to do with fate and our inevitable collisions with the people in our lives and loves – repeated thoughout time.
Pages 5 & 6 – a ‘blueprint’ idea – with the spiralling DNA and binary code which ‘imprint the knowledge, pass the message on’. The drawing on the left of the woman is by Julie, the man is mine (BUT they are not ‘us’ before anyone asks). They sit facing away from each other… not connecting in a spiritual sense, so one leaves the other – and ‘gives up to the light’.
I absolutely loved this song on the early demos. The lyrics which were very sparse at that time inspired something in me and the final image of the nude on pages 7 & 8 was actually the first to be completed after the main imagery of ‘The Tree’ for the cover. I needed respite from the war I think!
Beginning the song with ‘I had her, she had me, spiralling ribbons, cut the cord away’ was just about all I had as an illustrator to work with…but it seemed to tie up the plans I had for DNA ‘spirals’ and ‘binary code’ interweaving the book illustrations here and there as a theme.
The agony and the ecstasy of a caustic love affair with some kind of unavoidable bond throughout time.
As a post script: There is no one way to look at things and I’m always loathe to explain my work – but if push comes to shove:) An image means something different to every viewer, and my reasonings for the imagery of A Feast of Consequences are not bound by them. I hope the pictures are a faithful mistress to the songs.
From Piotr Kaczkowski Polish radio Trojka, Radio 3
“Parts of the interview along with three tracks from A Feast of Consequences will be repeated and two more songs: The Gathering and The Leaving will be played for the first time as new segments of the interview will be aired on Sunday, September 1 on Polish Radio 3 between 10PM and midnight. The show is called Minimax, and is presented by Piotr Kaczkowski since 1968 (yes, the year is correct). ”
( that is 9pm UK time 10pm CET)
Go to www.polskieradio.pl
Scroll to the middle of the top white line and click on “Trójka” (pinkinsh background colour)
On the top pinkish background line click on “Posłuchaj” (“Listen”)
The show is live. Listeners are welcomed to e-mail with comments, e-mail address is:
Just in case you were interested I did my first ever interview with Piotr backstage at the Hammersmith Odeon on the Script tour in 83 and we have been great friends since that day.
It is now so close to the delivery of the deluxe editions it is almost palpable!
The final chance for pre orders is on Saturday at midnight!
Up until then pre orders qualify for the digiprint signed by Mark Wilkinson and myself and entitles you to 15% discount of pre selected items in the mail order shop @ fishheadsclub.com
Alistair, Tom and Michael have been doing a fantastic piece of work here and all the packages for orders placed so far will be complete by the end of this week and ready to have the deluxe editions, prints and the FLAC code stickers added to hit the post as soon as they arrive here. We are completely in command of our end here and the local post office is primed for a very heavy workload. Our priority as soon as the albums arrive will be to get your pre orders out in sequence. Although we will still be taking orders those of you who bought your copies first will be served first and once the decks are cleared in the mail room we will be servicing the other orders made after August 31st. We hope to clear the mail room in just over 7 days working 12 hour shifts with extra hands coming on board! … Continue Reading
You may be thinking “oh it must be quiet up at the studio, he hasn’t posted much since the masters went off!”
Oh I wish! 🙂
It’s been absolutely full on in recent days. It’s been so intense the 4 days since my lady returned to Germany feel like they are in another age!
Comms have been flying between Mark Wilkinson, the printing and production elements and myself as we try and keep everything on line to the deadlines agreed months ago. It’s been no easy task. Having delivered our side of the bargain with all masters and finished artwork sent and arriving in the printing and production plants before schedule it’s been frustrating waiting on responses. We were assured today that the deluxe edition units will be here in the studio ” on , or as close to the 2nd September” as they can manage. We can only trust they will keep their promise! … Continue Reading
Steve Vantsis up this week to listen to mixes so yesterday was a visit to Calum Malcolm’s studio in North Berwick to hear his revisions on the first versions. Steve was blown away at what had been accomplished since he went on holiday to the USA.
The revisions have taken the album on another big step forward and today we are listening in the house (to be joined later by John Reid who is on a timely trip North for a family holiday)
It is now getting so close to delivery and everything is on line from our side with the mastered album due to be uploaded on Sunday night for a Monday start at the production plant.
The pre orders have taken a much appreciated leap forward in the last week as a lot of you sense the imminent arrival of the new album. It means Mark and I will be signing more digi prints in the next days to fulfill the bonus offer that ends at the end of this month.
I am moving into the next phase with my head birling around promo and marketing ideas that require a lot of weaving and placing at the right time in the right positions!
Anyone that can offer any help with this please PM me.
Mark Wilkinson is setting up ads for mags and JPEGS that it would be appreciated if you could spread around as much as possible through friends and music web sites to get the message out. I am absolutely positive that when you hear this album you will be shouting from rooftops yourselves!
Dave Barras will be putting together a video ad for the album with soundbites and short introductions that will also be available to share around.
Thanks to all your support with the pre orders the creation costs are now covered and I can now look at promo budgets and press campaigns as the European tour comes into focus in 4 weeks time.
Only just over 2 weeks until the postman starts to deliver!
Perfect timing for me with “A Feast of Consequences” just released and a big London gig with all it’s media coverage and poster shuttering. Having my profile raised in the big smoke a very nice bonus to my promo activity currently being set up.
It’s also going to be handy just coming off the European tour with a band that will be on fire to play the biggest stage I’ve played in London for a long time.
I did raise an eyebrow at first when Yatta told me as I knew “Marillion” had been scheduled to play on the bill and called up Mark Kelly to get the lowdown. They had their own issues with the promoter which didn’t affect me.
It’s going to be a great night meeting up with Danny, Luke and the “Thunder” boys who’ve been old friends since Terraplane/Marquee days and who I’ve seen a couple of times in recent years. Damn fine rock band and crowd pleasers so I’ll have my work cut out! 🙂
Playing with “Mott” is an honour and having a great respect for Ian’s lyrics, songwriting and showmanship since I was a teenager it’s going to be a blast working with them. I met up with Mick Ralph’s last year at Sweden Rocks when he was with Paul Rogers and Bad Company and we had a fine time with Jacky D and the story box backstage 🙂
A wonderful bill and proud to be asked on! 🙂
woke up with a severe hangover this afternoon after night out in Dalkeith with old friends and duty with the dawn patrol. Switched TV on just as Hearts scored the winning goal in the derby as the fuzz allowed me consciousness and the ability to recognise 10 minutes of absolute shite and the end of another woeful managerial reign after an embarrassing display at Tynie! My email threw up a link sent by a friend that felt like I was having my legacy rewritten and my monuments defaced in a very clandestine manner. A whiff of betrayal and a reminder of the banal that is accepted as being genuine so much these days.
You would think that an entry into a day like that would have been an acute descent into a dark abyss.
My smile reigned supreme.
I listened to the full playback of the first full mix of the album yesterday.
It’s the finest piece of work I consider ever having being involved with and if I was to die tomorrow the smile would still be carved on my face.
Calum has done a production that in my honest opinion comes close to eclipsing anything I have done before and is beyond superlatives.
It is in the now and it is here in all it’s glory. You may think that in recent months that the broadcasts from here have been a build up to a phantom pregnancy and bearing too much expectation.
I say here now with hand on heart that “A Feast of Consequences” is 68 minutes of sheer brilliant emotion.
I found myself crying last night when we played it back in the studio.
And what we listened to was the first full mix, before the polishing, before the mastering.
I am so fucking happy! 🙂
Well the weekend had a shape to it and a cunning plan attached but all became slightly derailed on Saturday.
Simone arrived on Friday afternoon and the night was allocated to a family gathering as my sister, Laura and the kids were up from York. We all tied up with my parents for a meal in North Berwick and a grand time was had by all.
Simone and I were supposed to be at a wedding on the West coast at 3pm next day and as expected we got up late but still had time to get down the road.
I’d been hearing progress reports from Foss from Calum’s studio and the piano parts were all laid down. My big conc
ern now was the DVD which had to be at the production plant this week. As if on cue Dave Barras showed up with the completed edits while we were in dressing gowns in the kitchen about to make our move. The project took precedence and I knew from previous history that to take the DVD for granted can lead to a feast of consequences and this was too important to leave to the side. With a 3hr journey, a wedding, a night in a B and B and a 3 hour drive back next day the weekend would be kiboshed and I would be left with a last minute review which if it needed tuning could throw schedules awry.
I was glad I made the right decision and that night the notes were e mailed to Dave as I had a few technical problems with the authoring and some other issues, one of which had me rooting through archives for the St Mary’s recording from last year to replace a piece of soundtrack on the movie.
The “Making of ..” is a hefty piece of work. An hour and twenty minutes of interviews and footage from the studio of the songs coming together over the months as well as in depth interviews with all concerned as to the writing and recording process. Add to that live recordings of “Perfume River”, “Blind to the Beautiful”, “All Loved Up”, “Crucifix Corner”, “The Gathering” and “Thistle Alley” from the UK tour and it runs in at over 2 hours!
Dave has done an incredible job threading it all together and it is a labour of love. I have to admit that I enjoyed watching it despite knowing the plot and the ending intimately ! It bounces around the various characters involved and constantly entertains. Simone loved it having seen it for the first time.
There was a great sense of satisfaction watching the footage from the early days back in the Summer of 2012 and seeing it develop over the months to the present situation where I now have an album a week or so away from completion. The film really hangs together well and is a great documentary of events that keeps you entertained throughout and avoids wandering into boring details and getting bogged d
own. Dave has kept it alive throughout and even after a couple of screenings over the weekend it still stayed fresh. As Dave said to me when I first saw the edits on Thursday it was easier for him to build it as he is a genuine fan of the music and he felt that after hearing what we have done in the studio and what Mark Wilkinson has done with the artwork he didn’t want to be the weakest link! The DVD certainly holds it’s own within the overall project and he can be very proud of what he has created.
The fixes are happening as I type this and the DVD will be off to the plant tomorrow. Another element falls into place on schedule.
I found it really interesting to hear the versions of the songs we played on the UK tour in May. They are so far removed from the studio recordings and really do sound like demos being played in rehearsals. I think fans will find it fascinating to hear the growth and the development over the space of just a few months and it is obvious how much we all benefited from playing the songs live on stages before taking them into the studio. The growth in confidence in the band and the fluency of performance between then and now is huge!
Apart from missing the wedding and a depressing start to Hibernian’s season with a 0-1 defeat at home to Motherwell it turned out to be a positive weekend.
The rain is now falling outside and the clouds of cabbage white butterflies are dispersed for now. As far as nature watch is concerned it’s been an horrific season for pests. Carrot fly for the first time ever, peas riddled with maggots from moths, caterpillars decimating the cabbages that aren’t under nets, wasps running riot in the fruit cage and what’s left of the strawberry beds and the slugs rampaging in the warm wet earth after the nematodes wore off. It’s a constant battle! The winter brassicas arrived on Saturday signaling the end of summer and the last sowings go in the ground this week.
The smell of fresh bread and coffee from the kitchen raises the smiles as I slightly relax in the eye of the storm and fend calls as the next mountain looms into view.
Album mixes due in 11 days and less than a month until ” A Feast of Consequences” arrives here at the studio! I better put on my next hat!
Thanks to a heads up on the Fish FB pages I was told that the Bristol date clashed with a “Yes” show the same night. Promoters were duly told and the Exeter date and the Bristol date have now swapped over!
The tour is now-
2nd SHEFFIELD BALLROOM
3rd LIVERPOOL ACADEMY
4th DURHAM GALA THEATRE
6th WOLVES ROBIN
8th NORWICH WATERFRONT
9th LONDON ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL
10th CARDIFF GLOBE
11th EXETER PHOENIX
13th BRIGHTON CONCORDE
15th BRISTOL FLEECE
17th HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME
18th GLASGOW ABC
Now confirmed – UK tour dates for May 2014, tickets are not yet on sale and more details will be added when we get them from the promoters
2 SHEFFIELD BALLROOM
3 LIVERPOOL ACADEMY
4 DURHAM GALA THEATRE
6 WOLVES ROBIN 2, Bilston
8 NORWICH WATERFRONT
9 LONDON ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL
10 CARDIFF GLOBE
11 BRISTOL FLEECE
13 BRIGHTON CONCORDE
15 EXETER PHOENIX
16 NORTHAMPTON ROADMENDER
17 HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDOME
18 GLASGOW ABC