I’ve got some new cards available to buy… £2.50 each 🙂 Market Hill and High Town in Luton, and a small girl with decapitated bear x
We had an amazing time playing High Town Festival – so many people and friends and great sets from iiseefourfingers, the collective, the reavers and the knockouts. We also got to see Pixie Styx and The Mouse Assassins too. Loving the Jeremy Corbyn cupcakes!
Our next gig is on Friday 4th August at LutonAid which is one of the high points of the Luton music calendar with loads of established and new bands – this year ROGUE is headlining on Saturday in a much-anticipated gig after a hiatus of several years. EasyDread and The Baracutas headline on the Friday with fast reggae and ska.
On Sept 2nd we’re looking forward to playing Houghton Rocks festival again and on 8th Oct we’ll be returning to We Shall Overcome at the George II.
and we’ll be supporting iseefourfingers and Kamikaze Avon Ladies at the George II on 10th June – see you there.
Don’t forget our facebook page..
Also we got a mention in the High Town Community newsletter for our appearance headlining at High Town Festival on 1st July at 5pm!
When we first came to Luton there were a few bands on the mini local festival scene that always blew us away.
When we moved up to Round Green (the Bohemian quarter of Luton) 4 years ago we were really pleased to realise we’d moved in next to the keyboard player from the Knockouts.
Not only do they play amazing 60’s Shadows-sounding warm beautiful and tribal music, but inthe spirit of Luton Renaissance they also:
Run regular local arts days at the scandanavia cafe (which I am really sad to hear is closing)
Produce a short book of Luton Haikus
I was chatting with a friend recently and he reminded me about another great Luton institution – PDM (or Paul and Dave’s) Music.
When we were just little Adenoids with a broken guitar and a microwave for a drumkit, PDM gave us gigs and let us earn a bit of money and self respect. And they’re still going, several times a month, putting on local and out of town bands, in the Hat Factory and the Four Horseshoes at local festivals and in the town square. They don’t make money but they do provide a great opportunity for anyone putting a band together to perform and make friends. In today’s world where venues demand you bring fans with you and charge deposits, that is a rare and beautiful thing.
So cheers to Paul and Dave for hundreds of guitar addled nights, and if you’re looking for something to do of an evening in Luton, check out their page:
Shown playing: Alone With Wolves, Amy Simpson, Right of Rebellion
And also, did I mention, back in the day when I was a poverty stricken young punk drawing sketches on the back of fag packets for beer money, I designed their logo? 😉
Our local MP’s office saw my blog and asked me to design a Christmas card. It got printed and sent out to all the other MPs and local businesses. They didn’t offer to pay… (because he is a socialist?) but that’s OK. It was a pretty cool thing to do. Here’s the picture.. it’s Market Hill in Luton town centre. You can see the court building, and the little white building in the middle is one of our favourite pubs, the Castle, which has metal bands. You can also see the dental studio where I had the horrific experience that inspired this song...
Here’s the card (he sent me one) – see the little House of Commons portcullis logo? 😀
I’ve been away from wordpress a long time but I haven’t stopped drawing – here’s a Christmas card design – it’s looking down High Town Road in Luton. Most of the shops here were built in the 1800s.
In real life there are road traffic signs and cars parked everywhere, but what’s the point of a drawing if you can’t omit the bits you don’t like?
As always, if you want to use this, please message me to ask.
Things you might see in Luton:
If, whilst passing the current, imposing marble town hall with the verdigris roof and tasteful neon blue glowing clock, you happened to see a hooded figure with the power to open portals into the past.. you might be priviledged to watch the gentle townsfolk of Luton burning down their old town hall on 19th July 1919, to celebrate “Peace Day”. (Or rather, to protest against the apalling living standards returning soldiers and their families were subjected to)
Not satisfied with burning down the hall and chasing the cowardly councillors, some enterprising soul dragged a piano into the street and played “keep the home fires burning”.
You can say what you like about Luton folk, but they certainly have a sense of humour.
When the town hall was rebuild 20 years later, they made it out of stone.