Band Boss

Written by Dave.

The last few months haven't all been rock and roll. There has been a fair amount of looking at spreadsheets, tracking income, deciding how much advertising would cost us, where to record our album, so on.

So it's a little strange to be talking about a digital version of that. I downloaded Band Boss on a bit of a whim on my iPhone, and quickly got sucked into creating a little fictional version of the British IBM. After naming the manager and dressing the band up, I'm thrown into a screen where I have one option - Arrange Tour. Tap on that, and it starts to get pretty deep.

BBC Introducing

Written by Aidy.

We did another BBC Introducing session last week with our favourite presenter Mr Tom Simkins who was kind enough to give us a little tour of studio after we'd finished. We even got to see the newsroom and I managed to get a cheeky photo of myself sat behind the news desk. Great days! We played acoustic versions of Animal and God's Front Porch, hopefully we'll get some recordings up in the near future.

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2012 Tour Photos

Written by Aidy.

Just had a few moments to spare so I thought I'd take the time to go through the photos we all took on what was our second UK tour. Highlights from which include backing up a local rap duo in Leicester, being introduced to the world's greatest record shop in Stockton on Tees (Sound it Out) and playing a Burlesque show in Birmingham for the The Burlesque Company. We're all eager to get back out there again so keep an eye on the gig dates!

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  • First gig of the tour, Paul kicks things off by giving our manager a cheeky hug.
  • The only black British IBM T-Shirt in existence!
  • The greatest record shop in the world, Sound it Out Records, we spent lots of money here and even added a few of our own CDs to their stock.
  • The Axe & Cleaver in Boston where the lovely Autumn Effect were kind enough to give us a support slot.
  • Coming off stage at the Axe & Cleaver.
  • Ended up waiting so long for a cab in Leicester that we resorted to drinking in the street. There's something quite satisfying about sitting on a guitar amp and drinking a Pedigree in the sunshine.
  • Another T-Shirt sold! Dave and another Dave at Cafe Bruxettes, Leicester.
  • Paul and Dave backing up a local rapper at Cafe Bruxettes, Leicester.
  • Our hotel in Manchester had a pretty cool view of the city.
  • Thirsty Scholar, Manchester.
  • Checking out of a hotel is actually quite cumbersome when you're in a band and you've got to walk all your gear back to an NCP car park.
  • Dave turned 25 on this tour so we celebrated with a slice of cake in a Travel Lodge in Warrington.
  • Doing a spot of washing at a Warrington Launderette and making sure our shirts are whiter than white.
  • The line-up for our gig at Friars Court, Warrington.
  • Last gig of the tour at The Royal Hotel, Birmingham. Hosted by The Burlesque Company.
  • Another couple of satisfied customers!

Album Release!

Written by Aidy.

Well after another scan through the old geek calendar we've discovered that this Friday will mark 35 years of the TRS-80. The machine that Matthew Smith used to develop the epic video game titles Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy.

It also just happens that we've now completed the album and have to settle upon a release date and...well you can see where this is going. So as a nod to Tandy and the machine they released through Radio Shack outlets back in 1977 we'll be releasing our debut album this Friday the 3rd August 2012. If you can't wait that long, we're actually on tour at the moment and have a few advance copies with us that we're selling at gigs.

UK Tour 2012

Written by Aidy.

Well now the sun's finally decided to make an appearance we've decided that after spending nearly 7 months in the studio it was about time to get out into the real world again! We're hitting the road first thing tomorrow morning and heading up to Middlesbrough, and we won't be coming back again for 7 whole nights. We'll also be armed with a box full of the new album, which we'll be releasing officially very very soon but you if you come see us play you can grab one now.

Here's a full list of the upcoming shows:

  • The Legion, Middlesbrough 28/07/12
  • Northern Monkey, Leeds 29/07/12
  • The Axe and Cleaver, Boston 31/07/12
  • Cafe Bruxelles, Leicester 1/08/12
  • Thirsty Scholar, Manchester 2/08/12
  • Friars Court, Warrington 3/08/12
  • The Royal Hotel, Birmingham 4/08/12