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An addition on the gigging front – I’ve been booked in to play at the Music Industry Seminar at Plymouth University on Saturday October 29th. The event is free (more info at www.dartingtonplus.org.uk) and will feature me not only playing a set, but also sitting on a panel discussing music industry stuff. Which personally I find unstoppably hilarious. I’m also going to be on the Reuben tour doing the T-shirts and maybe playing a set or two here and there… see their website (www.wordsfromreuben.com) for more info.

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Changeover

Transitional… Yesterday my band Million Dead came to an end, for those that didn’t know. We did our last ever gig in Southampton. It wasn’t the best show, to be honest, as the redecorating of the venue (Southampton Joiners) didn’t include any consideration of ventilation, so we had to cut a few numbers as I was about to faint. Nevertheless an emotional evening, and a good party was had by all afterwards. Now recovering. All of a sudden, the cliche about today being the first day of the rest of your life is actually true. Cripes.

I’ve been really pleasantly surprised (overwhelmed?) by the number of people asking about demo cds. I’m doing a big mailout on Monday morning, for anyone waiting. I have been sending them out for free, but funds are such that I’m asking for SAE’s now, but as ever, email me. And bear in mind also that these are the first four songs I finished. I’ve finished another three and have loads more on their way, and, though I say so myself, quality is improving, so keep your ears peeled. I’ve got lots of exciting scary meetings up ahead to figure out exactly how I’m going to visit my noise on the world more comprehensively in the future. Oh, and I’m also labouring under an obsession with that Kelly Clarkson song “Since U Been Gone”. I had no idea who she was, the spelling is reprehensible, and her record sales probably fund child slavery in South America, but it just ROCKS. Fight me.

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Hi there

Well, here we are. Today was the day that the news became public that my old band, Million Dead, are splitting up. We have one more tour to do before we’re finished, but then it’s well and truly done. It’s a real shame. The reasons why are not really to be discussed here, but I think everyone’s talking about them on the MD site if you’re interested.

So I decided to go it alone. Which is pretty scary, actually. As many people know I’ve done a handful of shows on my own in the last year or two, a few radio sessions, that kind of thing. I’ve always really enjoyed doing that – it seemed like an extension of playing guitar with your friends at a party, except people are genuinely paying attention, and (hopefully) you’re getting paid by the promoter too. Cushty. I’ve been laying down some songs here and there too, I’ve got a little demo that I did myself, studio time booked for next month, that kind of thing. So i reckoned I’d have a shot at this whole “solo” thing (I do hate that word). Who knows, maybe in 6 months time I’ll be back in a band with Ben laughing about my hubris, but I’ll never know unless I give it a shot.

There’s loads of official stuff on the main website, but this bit is supposed to serve as a kind of news section, blog, diary, sounding-off board, whatever. Welcome.

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