2 F’s with 2 T’s . Rehearsals. “Feast of Consequences” title track in workable playable order for Lemmers.
The “Daleks” are as pointed out extractor fans from the flat roof at the back of the house. They were used when it was a fully functioning commercial studio to move fresh air around the building and into the booths on the North side of the building.
They had brick surrounds as when we opened up the place to record “Internal Exile” with Chris Kimsey producing we kept on hearing low range hums that we couldn’t identify.Turned out it was the wind blowing under the unit’s cowling so we made low brick structures around them.It did the trick. … Continue Reading
The Fishheads Club Live DVD will be ready for the convention and on sale here in the next 2 weeks. I have decided to keep the price as low as I could given the present circumstances and balancing that against the production/recording costs.
It will be priced at £24.99 inc VAT for a double DVD with close to 4 hours of material from the Derby gig Dec 2010 and the Spittalrig studio sessions March 2012.
DVD1 Live at University of Derby Faculty of the Arts December 13th 2010
State of Mind
Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors
Punch and Judy
Out of my Life
A Gentleman’s Excuse me
Produced and directed by Russell Cherrington
Live sound engineering Shaun Rogers
Mixed and produced by Calum Malcolm
DVD 2 The Spittalrig Studio sessions 10th/11th March 2012 (recorded live in front of an invited audience)
State of Mind
Jump Suit City
Punch and Judy
Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors
A Gentleman’s Excuse me
Torch song/Slainthe Mhath
Just Good Friends
Produced and directed by Andy Gamble and Jeff Cousins, AVP Media Ltd
sound engineering, mixed and produced by Calum Malcolm
The studio sessions also contain an interview which introduces nearly every song as well as thoughts on the tour.
Mark Wilkinson has as always done a fine job with the artwork and design.
It has an 8 page booklet with my introduction and photos.
It’s not the box set we’d hoped for but these 2 DVD’s give a pretty good representation of the Fishheads vibe! 🙂
I hope you like it.
Big rocks moving this week and can see a chink of blue from within the cave I have been in for too long and which has not been a healthy space as I was really feeling the pressure.
To be honest I took on far too much and was finding it too hard to break down the mountains as more boulders seemed to pile up as soon as I shifted one out the way.
I made some tough decisions.
I talked openly with Calum Malcolm yesterday about the album schedule. It had been worrying me and close friends had noticed just how stressed out I was becoming as I sought advice and opinions on the situation.We have decided to put the album recording back to February for a release in mid-May on the front edge of the UK tour. … Continue Reading
The Fishheads acoustic gig at St Mary’s Church on Friday is still on as that area is unaffected and as the Tyne “empties” quickly there will be no problems and no canoes or arks required. You won’t need wellies:-)
Meeting pre and post gig at the Tyneside tavern and on Saturday at 2pm Paul Kinnoch is providing a complimentary BBQ for those of you visiting the town for the gig this weekend at the Plough tavern.The Fishheads acoustic gig at St Mary’s Church on Friday is still on as that area is unaffected and as the Tyne “empties” quickly there will be no problems and no canoes or arks required. You won’t need wellies:-) … Continue Reading
Just wanted to let you guys and gals know that the new Fish T-Shirts have arrived at the studio and will be on sale in the Fish shop on Monday.
Check them out here – beautifully modelled by the lovely Fish.
I decided not to take merchandise out on these dates as I had nothing new to offer and as it is only 6 shows I determined to go instead with a flyer with information on what is happening this year and pointing people at the fishheadsclub.com web site which will be live and buzzing next month.
The big news is that the Convention at Leamington Spa is gaining a momentum and taking a fine shape.
I can confirm that “It Bites” will be special guests on the Saturday and “The Reasoning” will be the special guests on the Sunday night. Both bands will be on-stage at 7pm on the respective nights with my full electric band on at 8.45.
I will be performing an acoustic set on the Saturday afternoon and on Sunday afternoon there will be a screening of the “Electric Man” movie with a Q and A session with actors, director and writers after.
Doors on Saturday will be at 12 followed by an introduction and an in depth Q and A with myself.
Doors on Sunday will be at 1pm.
Various film footage from across the eras and projects will be screened throughout the weekend as “fillers” between other events which will include a return of “The Grumpy Old Musicians” and “Weakest Link” with special guests. Further attractions are to be added in the coming weeks together with more details on timings and other activities.
My set list will include some rarities as well as a performance of what should be the entire “Feast of Consequences” album over the 2 nights.
I have also decided to put together an arrangement of “Grendel” for a one off performance :-))
Tickets will be available in 2 weeks time and are priced at £60 (inc vat) for a weekend laminate which will get holders into the Assembly rooms for the Saturday and Sunday events and the evening performances.
The laminates will be individually numbered and come with a special lanyard. They must be retained throughout the weekend and will be “punched” on the relevant days.
Only weekend laminates will be on sale with individual performance only tickets made available on the night at the door should there be spaces. Individual tickets will not be available
Laminates are only available through the website mail order service at http://www.fish-thecompany.com.
When ordering you must supply your name and the names of anyone you are ordering for as I plan to put a project together from the weekend and would like to have all the attendees involved! 🙂
More information and further details will be posted next week when I get back from the tour and there will be a special page on the web site with a FAQ section to hopefully answer any questions you may have.
It’s all coming together nicely! 🙂
You can go to the fishheadsclub.com web site now and register your e mail address and you will be sent updates and blogs directly to your mailbox as the convention develops as well as other news and relative Fishy info on releases of the Fishheads Club projects as they move into production.
Spread the word!!
As well as the photo shoot and interview with Taz yesterday there were smatterings of con jointed work which seemed at times like trying to play ping pong with butterflies blindfolded. Emails keep pinging out into the ether and I am starting to think I am like the Omega Man sometimes and there’s no one else out there!
Did finally get down and check the Derby filming and audio as it has now moved into position in the intended box set. Russell Cherrington the director was probably thinking I’d disappeared over the eternal horizon in the Clown Carrier as it has been so long since I was in touch re the footage.
It had been a while since I’d last looked at it but with the Studio Sessions moving forward I needed to follow up with the next wave of mixing otherwise I was going to lose momentum.
The Pro tools sessions from Derby are now on their way up to Calum and I am locked into a visit to Russell’s in Carlisle after the Glenn Hughes shows to go through micro editing on footage that will stand perfectly with the Spittalrig sessions and the Glasgow IAEFTL speech and interviews which I now have permission to release.
The Derby set is from December 2010 and it’s really interesting to hear the versions of the songs in early stages and against their evolution in the set throughout 2011!
Set list “Chocolate Frog”, “State of Mind” “Somebody Special”, “Jumpsuit City”., “Slainthe Mhath”,”Brother52″, “Vigil”, “Punch and Judy”, “Out of My Life”, “Incubus”,”Jigsaw”,”Pilgrims Address”,”Gentleman’s Excuse Me”, Kayleigh”,”Lavender” and “The Company”.
There are a couple of guitar and keyboard repairs that will take a few hours one morning but the set is pretty good and totally different projection energy wise from the studio recordings. Strange hearing us finding the dynamic at the end of “Special” which we were just starting to try out. 52 has a tentative confused “everyone stare at each other ” moment and there’s some interesting on stage banter! :-0
“Just Good Friends” was in the set list on the night but it’s questionable due to a couple of horrendous mistakes that would make milk curdle!
I still have to go through the material for the “Miscellaneous” DVD but these are all taken from various sources and don’t require mixing, just EQ’ing.It’s still a chunk of time to sift through what I have and to chase other sources!
Gavin Griffiths is on his way up, picking up his kit from York en route, so we start our move into the rehearsal space tomorrow. FTC and Clown Carrier will be managing the monitor set up.I’ll probably not be in there working until Sunday, allowing the band to come together and work out arrangements before I start chanting!
It’s going to be a busy time as I also have to deal with my own workload from here in the morning before I go down to the borders.
Off to Edinburgh now to buy a tripod for the Sony DVD camera so we can film rehearsals and the upcoming gigs. Luckily the FTC found my pro mikes I got from Henk Tempelman in Holland in a flight-case that I thought I’d lost at Leamington last convention.
The Leamington tickets are going to the printers next week so should be ready before the end of the month.
I have decided to price them at £60 inc vat for the weekend.
The tickets are laminates which will come with a lanyard and should be retained to get you in and out over the weekend.
I already have 2 bands confirmed as special guests and am negotiating with other “artists” to see if we can come up with a really varied menu of entertainment to carry us across the two full days.
Saturday doors are at 12 and Sunday doors at 1pm. Special Guests will be on stage at 7 and I will be on stage at 8.45.
Both nights will be full electric outfits but I will be playing an acoustic set on Saturday afternoon.
With a bit of luck and some serious hard work I intend to play most of the material from “Feast of Consequences” over the weekend as we will be writing throughout July, August and September.
There will be a premier of “Electric Man” on the Sunday afternoon which I think could be an ideal piece of eye candy for those with hangovers from the previous night!
More details will be posted as well as information on buying tickets in the coming week.
It’s a highly busy time and everyone is buzzing and looking forward to the electric shows in the next 2 weeks.
I must admit having that nervous high at the prospect of a dramatically different approach with songs some of which I haven’t played for a very long time.
For now it’s a drive in the rain to Auld Reekie and listen to the songs on the car CD player. Nice to get reacquainted again 🙂
John Reid arrived late Friday night for a weekend of techy talk and web site advancement, our first meet since we came up with the idea at the end of January,where we could physically go through some of the procedures I need to learn to be more hands on and contribute more to the site than I have been able to with “The Company” web site.
First up on my learning curve was utilising Word Press and associating it with routing to various media outlets.Blogs will become a bit more special in the coming months as I now have discovered how to add photos and inserts etc. … Continue Reading
Getting to grips with the new web site and the add ons we want to put up.
I’ve decided to unleash the Fish TV episodes that were originally on a pay per view site a few years ago.These will all be added as the weeks and months go by together with new footage shot here at the studio and on the road. It’s all a bit new to me but I am sure I’ll get loads of practice as time goes by! 🙂