Darrel Inns and I are putting together a colouring book by local artists – here are a couple of the panels I designed..
We are still accepting submissions.. to firstname.lastname@example.org
..A couple of weeks ago we went to the Northampton Alternative Bring and Buy market,. which was brilliant. I sold a lot of art, and I came home with some amazing little beasts from Spooky Doof creations and Pins and Needles
Anyway it went so well and was so much fun that we decided to do our own version in Luton on 3rd December.. still a couple of stalls available..
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.
This is just me and Rache messing around in the cabin.. I’m not sure it’s in the best taste to write a song about civil war (in which I am not taking sides!) and the mysteriously brutal elimination of political opponents, but I suppose I’m just taking advantage of the freedom to do so. Long may it last! And stay away from the sushi.
So I had some time off work and I should have been doing a lot of things, but what I have been mainly doing is turning my shed into a recording studio.
This robot has a brain and it’s classified insane
It is plugged into the internet downloading everything
It can see your location on google maps
its researching sex through your dating apps
its coordinating thousands of unmanned drones
it can get into your xbox and your car and your phone
and theres nothing else to do
except do the funky robot
This robot couldn’t hope to pass the turing test
And yet it’s strangely fascinated watching peopel get undressed
It has fingers in the cloud and in the cctv
And it datamines facebook for your personality
When you go shopping it knows what you buy
it’s got a million billion diodes clicking wondeing why
Do the funky robot.
Using a friends 80s drum machine, my guitar with a vox amp, and Audacity free sequencing software for the PC.
Thinking about PDM made me remember a film some friends of ours made years ago.They live in deepest darkest Wales and had use of a garage and some welding equipment. In between drinking a lot and pranking each other they spent a year creating this amazing 10 minute film… (opens to Vimeo)
They let us (The Adenoids) write the intro and outro music, which makes it especially close to my heart. Enjoy!
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? 😉