Happy 2013!

Written by Aidy.

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Well that's it folks the new year's officially here and we're happy to announce that we've already got some cool stuff lined up including our first gig of 2013 at the Victoria Inn, Derby, 19th Jan. We're looking forward to this one as it's a venue and town that we haven't yet played and we're fortunate enough to be playing alongside Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps). We've supported Sam a couple of times last year and we're all massive fans.

At the end of the month we'll be heading into Camden to play at the Dublin Castle, 31st Jan. This is a first for Paul, who's had it on his list of places to play for a while. If you didn't know; Paul's a big Madness fan and the Dublin Casle is one of their early haunts. They had a residency there and it was even the location for the My Girl music video.

There's a brand new retro gaming event coming in the summer and on the weekend of the 18th May we've got ourselves a little stand there! So if you wind up going then come and say hello, we'll be there for the whole weekend pedalling our merch and playing video games. It's in Wolverhampton and it's called Revival. More details here: http://www.turnarcades.com/2012/11/06/revival-a-new-retro-event/

Oh and we've also got a couple more singles planned off the album. If you're on the mailing list you'll have already seen a cheeky preview for God's Front Porch.

New Music Video Preview

Written by Aidy.

God's Front Porch

If you're on our mailing list then you'll be able to preview our new music video on Christmas Day. We're planning to release God's Front Porch as a single in the new year and the music video's already complete. It was created by Jose Cubero at Ridertoons, the talented guy that did our psycodelic Animal music video.

This one's set in space and features a few recognisable geek heroes, if you're not already on the mailing list you can sign up using that little box on the right hand side. Yeah, that one over there just above out Upcoming gigs list ;-)

Anyway, have a great Christmas and we'll speak to you in the not too distant future!

Third Week on Q Radio's Playlist

Written by Aidy.

Very happy to announce that we’re now entering our third week of radio play on Q Radio, the British IBM is being played as part of Q’s D list with the likes of Foals and Neil Finn. Big thank you to Andy Westcott who originally played us a few weeks ago on his excellent WestList show.

the British IBM

Behind the Music #06 - Cannibal

Written by Aidy.

Originally written on an acoustic guitar and recorded as a demo on my iPhone’s voice memo app. I experimented with various tempos before it ended up as the speed you can hear it on the album. Lyrically it’s about sociopathic tendencies and when we started playing it as a band I began using an overdrive pedal and it started to get slightly more grungey.

David (Martin) came up with the little octave riff that you hear in the “yippee aye yay” section and plays the bulk of the guitar on this track. The rest of which was added by David Simpson who was nice enough to come along to the studio and play on a few things for us.

This song made its live debut at the Sun Inn in Stockton on Tees before we’d started recording the album and has since become a regular on our setlist.

Guest Musicians
David Simpson - Lead Guitar

Equipment
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Fender Deville Amp
Fender Jazz Bass
Peavey 115 Combo Bass Amp
Tama Starclassic Drum Kit
AXL Tube OverDrive Guitar Pedal

DIY Atari 2600 Fridge Magnets

Written by Aidy.

Atari 2600 Fridge Magnets

Here's a top tip! If you've got any old game cartridges knocking around and you don't know what to do with them, why not make them into fridge magnets? I recently purchased an Atari 2600 with a load of games and unfortunatley two of them (Pitfall and River Raid) didn't work despite my best attempts at cleaning the connectors with alcohol etc. It seemed a bit of a shame to just chuck them in the bin so I purchased some adhesive magnetic tape stuck it to the back of the carts and vuala! Two retro fridge magnets!

Try it yourself, all you need is a broken game cartridge and some adhesive magnetic tape. I got a whole metre of the stuff for just £1.60 off eBay.