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Tape Deck Heart Guitar Picks

One for the guitar players out there. We made some pretty cool (I think) ‘Tape Deck Heart’ picks for the online store.

The picks come in a set of 6 and feature 3 designs; Tape Deck Heart, FT Hard Core and the original logo. You’ll also get a ‘Tape Deck Heart’ tin case with all them packaged in a nice little black presentation box.

They’ve been printed in England and made from celluloid – size 30 x 26mm medium gauge 0.71mm.

These picks have been specially made and only a limited batch are available, so if you fancy getting your hands on them click here.

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South By South Madness

Crazy days of late. Since I last posted a blog, I’ve arrived in the USA for some shows and a mind-bendingly hectic promo schedule; the video for “Recovery” has come out, and it’s also hit radio stations around the world, which is nice. I’m now in Austin, Texas, one of my favourite places in the world, for a packed-out SXSW. Given the mental nature of my schedule out here, I thought it would be helpful to try and post a list of all the stuff I’m doing. So here goes nothing.

  • 9th March – SXSW Gaming Bonus Party, 7-10pm, West Canopy @ Palmer Center, free, all ages
  • 11th March – White Rabbit, San Antonio, Texas (tickets)
  • 12th March – House Of Rock, Corpus Christie, Texas (tickets)
  • 13th March – Soup By Southwest, Caritas of Austin Community Kitchen benefit, 11.45am (morning!), free
  • 14th March – Slip Productions Austin & Hood Booking DC Day Party – 3pm, free
  • 15th March – Keggs & Eggs, 7am, Denver CO (madness, I know)
  • 15th March – Xtra Mile Showcase, Black Heart, 1am –  SXSWwristbands
  • 16th March – Revival Tour Panel, 2pm, Convention Center (talk) – SXSW wristbands
  • 16th March – AP Showcase, Red 7, 5.20pm – SXSW wristbands
  • 16th March – Revival Show, Cedar Street Courtyard, 12.50am – SXSW wristbands
  • 17th March – die in a heap.

So yeah, hopefully see some people at these shows!

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Long Live The Monarch

This is a slightly esoteric post about my friends in London, so if you’re not in London and/or don’t care about my social life, you can probably skip the rest of this blog happily. For the rest of you, hi! Let’s talk about bars.

Once upon a time there was a bar in North London called Nambucca, where I learned most of what I know about acoustic music and made most of my closest friends. Dave Danger and Jay (Beans On Toast) ran the place, and those years (before the fire which ended the party) seem like perfect, halcyon days to me now. After the crew moved on from there, they ran the Flowerpot in Kentish town for a while, before moving on to The Wheelbarrow. The years there were great – I played there a bunch, as did Mongol Horde, and I actually lived there for a while. But that chapter too has closed, and a new one is opening.

Dave and Jay have now taken over a new place, and it’s a new dawn. The Monarch in Camden town (Chalk Farm road) is their new spot, and the official launch party is this Friday, March 1st. Alas, I’ll be heading for the USA, but if you’re around, check it out, it’ll be a great party, there’s a killer special guest, and apparently they now have my beer on tap as well. As and when I am off the road, I’d imagine I’ll be propping up the bar. See you there.

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Europe and Ireland Shows

Oh happy day! More European and Irish shows have been announced today. The full list:

  • 27th April – Groezrock, Belgium (tickets)
  • 29th April – Kulturkirche, Koln, Germany (tickets)
  • 1st May – Ebullition, Bulle, Switzerland (tickets)
  • 2nd May – Schuur, Luzern, Switzerland (tickets)
  • 3rd May – Seaside Festival, Austria (tickets)
  • 4th May – Strom, Munchen, Germany (tickets)
  • 6th May – Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany (tickets)
  • 7th May – Knust, Hamburg, Germany (tickets)
  • 8th May – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands (tickets)
  • 9th May – Dauwpop Festival, Netherlands (tickets)
  • 11th May – Academy, Dublin, Ireland (tickets)
  • 12th May – Limelight, Belfast, Northern Ireland (tickets)

All shows will feature The Sleeping Souls. Tickets on sale now. See you there!

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One Thing Ends, Another Thing Starts

I’ve never been to Madrid before. In fact, before this here tour, we’d only ever played Spain once (a festival, last summer). This is, clearly, a ridiculous situation, so I’m glad that we’re making some headway in rectifying that. The show in Barcelona last night was stone cold awesome, and I have high hopes for Madrid.

The last day of any given tour is always a day of mixed emotions. On the one hand I’m pretty tired, and looking forward to heading back to the UK to see family and friends (and do an absolute ton of promo for the new record – more on that shortly). On the other, every tour is like a travelling family, that inevitably shatters at the end as people go their separate ways. This isn’t my first tour with the Dropkick Murphys and it’s also not my last (hello Australia) but still, they’re basically my favourite band and crew to be on the road with and I’ll miss them all after tonight’s blowout.

Beyond this tour, life is starting to get interesting. Tape Deck Heart is nearly finished (mastering and sequencing are left to do) and the machine is starting to grind into gear once more. I have a lot of talking to do, a lot of planning. The runs of shows in the UK and the USA both mostly sold out pretty fast – don’t panic on either score, people, there are more shows coming later in the year, as well as shows in other parts of the world, and festivals, and everything. There’s a logic to the ordering of announcements, so please, hang tight. You know what I’m like – I tour the entire time!

But beyond all that admin side of things, I’m also just happy that the record is nearly done, and is everything I wanted it to be. I can’t wait for you all to hear it. The first fruits are coming soon.

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‘TAPE DECK HEART’ – NEW ALBUM + TICKET PRE-SALE

So, friends, the time is finally upon us! I think most people know that I’ve been working on a new record for release in 2013; well, the time has come to release some details to the world. Here goes nothing.

My new record is called ‘Tape Deck Heart’ and it’ll be released on April 22nd 2013. I recorded the album with The Sleeping Souls and producer extraordinaire Rich Costey, and I’m pleased as punch with it. You can check out all the formats, artwork and track listings below. The Deluxe Edition includes an extra six songs.

Some of you will know some of the songs from us playing them live, but there’s a whole bunch of new stuff on there as well. I hope you like it!

TapeDeckHeart

PRE-ORDER TAPE DECK HEART TAPE
CDDELUXE CD12″ VINYL

TAPE DECK HEART TRACK LISTING

1. Recovery
2. Losing Days
3. The Way I Tend To Be
4. Plain Sailing Weather
5. Good & Gone
6. Tell Tale Signs
7. Four Simple Words
8. Polaroid Picture
9. The Fisher King Blues
10. Anymore
11. Oh Brother
12. Broken Piano

DELUXE EDITION BONUS TRACKS

1. We Shall Not Overcome
2. Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons
3. Tattoos
4. Undeveloped Film
5. Time Machine
6. Cowboy Chords

UK TOUR + EXCLUSIVE TICKET PRE-SALE

To go with the album, we will, of course, be touring.

The UK dates are below and tickets will go on general sale 9am Friday 25th January.

However, if you pre-order any format of the new album from my website, we will give you exclusive access to tickets 48 hours before they go on general sale. To pre-order your copy, just click on one of the links above (below the artwork). Details of how to access the ticket pre-sale, including your unique code, will be included in your album order confirmation email. So make you sure you keep it safe. Neat, hey?

Friends in the US, your pre-order info will be coming very shortly. We are working on it!

Wed 17 Apr – Manchester, Academy
Thu 18 Apr – Glasgow, O2 Academy
Fri 19 Apr – Leeds, Uni Refectory
Sun 21 Apr – Bristol, Academy
Wed 24 Apr – Birmingham, Academy
Thu 25 Apr – London, Forum

See you all on the road soon enough

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Joyeux Noel

Christmas Eve, already? Madness. This year has been completely mad for me, and in the way of these things it both feels like it has lasted a lifetime and only just started. Safe to say I’m not complaining. Thanks to all you lot who made it happen. I have a little break now, a few days with family, then a smattering of shows (Zurich, Southampton, Manchester etc). Next year kicks off properly with the Dropkick Murphys European shows, which I am very much looking forward to.

It’s been mentioned elsewhere, but in case you missed it… Tomorrow (Christmas Day), Xtra Mile Recordings and I will be giving everyone a special free present to say thanks for the support in 2012, and looking forward to 2013 and the new album. Details are here. Happy Christmas everyone.

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Mark Mulcahy UK Shows

Greetings from Norwich. We have hit the half-way point in the full-band shows of the UK tour, and everything is going swimmingly. Getting into the crowd each night has resulted in some degree of calamity for me (lost a St Christopher, bruised my foot, cut my cheek) but it’s all good fun. The dance off is going well too. Current leaderboard: 1. Newcastle, 2. Reading, 3. Sheffield.We’re also having fun with this.

Some people reading this may be aware of the work of Mark Mulcahy. He’s a great songwriter from the USA and an old friend of Nigel’s.  I also recorded one of his songs (“The Quiet One”) for a tribute compilation a while back (it’s also on The Second Three Years). He’s coming over to the UK for a rare set of dates in December – Manchester, Oxford and London – and I can’t recommend them highly enough. If you have the chance to go see him, please do. Details of the shows are here. Enjoy.

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Small Venues

This is a blog post about small venues. Despite having played at larger places in recent years, the vast majority of my time as a musician has been spent on the stages of small bars, clubs and pubs. They are the lifeblood of any scene and are vitally important to anyone who gives a damn about music, whether underground or mainstream.

Two venues that I know and love are, heart-breakingly, having a tough time, and I have two shows coming up which reflect this. First of all, the lovely club Abart in Zurich is, after a long battle, finally closing at the end of the year. That sucks, a lot, but the good folk there have asked me to come over and play one of the closing shows. So, December 27th, I’ll be playing there solo. Tickets are onsale now.

Secondly, the Joiners Arms in Southampton. This is a venue that is really special to me. I saw my first ever show there (Snug, 1995, featuring one Ed Harcourt on guitar). Million Dead played there many times, including our last ever show in 2005. I have played there solo four times to date. The venue is having a tough time of late financially – a common occurrence for small venues, as they operate on a thin margin. When I heard about it, I naturally wanted to help. So, December 28th (my birthday no less) I’ll be playing a solo show there as well. Tickets go on sale today at 3pm from the venue website.

So, come down to the shows; in Zurich, let’s see her out with a bang. In Southampton, let’s all gang together and make sure the Joiners survives and continues to provide a platform for the music we all love. See you there.

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November UK Tour Face

I write from a cafe in Camden Town. The album recording session in Burbank wrapped up just about in time for the deadline – I headed off to Gainesville for the Fest (you can see my set here) and the Sleeping Souls hung around for a day to finish off some bits and bobs. We’re all home now, which is nice, even if I am slightly frazzled. I’m very pleased with how recording went. Now for the mixing / mastering / promo part of the schedule. Release is still set for early next year. But a big part of it is now done. Yay.

Looming ahead in my diary is, of course, the UK tour. It’s the longest one I’ve done in many years, and probably the most number of people I’ve played to in my home islands in one tour. So it’s going to be ace. I also cannot wait to see Tim and Jim, not only to hang out but also to introduce all of you guys to their excellence.

Most of the dates are sold out (the list is here). This, of course, means that a lot of people are looking for tickets, and a few people have tickets they want to get rid of. Lots of people ask me to spread information about this on Twitter. Here’s the deal. If someone has tickets to offer, I will retweet; otherwise, I’ll hold off, so as not to clog up everyone’s feeds. If you are either buying or selling, use the hashtag #fthctickets and hopefully things will get sorted. It goes without saying, of course, that I won’t be helping out touts or people selling tickets for inflated prices. Face value only please.

Also, as I’ve mentioned before, I will be taking part in this year’s Movember campaign, raising money for and awareness about men’s health issues. Practically speaking, this means I’m shaving clean for the first time in many years on the 1st, and will be sporting a (hopefully) lush mo for the tour dates. You can donate or join my team here, and there will be donation buckets at the shows as well. I’ll be posting videos, photos and other updates as we go along.

Right, I’m going to try and convince my body that it is, in fact, mid afternoon. See you all soon.

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