Photo Synthesis

The end of a splendid US tour was slightly marred by some passport-related nightmares; frustratingly, the only person I can really blame for the fuck-up is myself, so I’ve been (metaphorically) in the sackcloth and ashes for the last few days, running around consulates and the like. I’m safely (if exhaustedly) back in London now, and straight into the deep end of sorting things out for the forthcoming European shows, and of course that other show, you know, north London somewhere on a Friday…? Anyone?

Anyhoo. There’s another project in the pipeline that we’ve been working on for some time that is nearing completion, and it occurred to me that I haven’t really shared this with the world so far. So here it is.

Matt Nasir (of the Sleeping Souls) and I have been working on a book of behind-the-scenes photography. I say “we” have been working on it, but it’s mostly his blood, sweat and tears here. Matt has been carrying a camera around backstage with us on tour around the world for the last few years and constantly snapping away. In the process he has captured not only some truly stunning individual shots, but also a pretty unique and intimate portrait of what it’s like to be on tour with me and my band. I’ve written up a lot of text to explain the story and contextualize everything.

The book is entitled “Photosynthesis”, and, having seen a proof of it, I think it’s really quite ace. We are going to have the first copies available to buy at the Wembley show; details of where you can get them from thereafter will be published as soon as I get them. But for now, yeah, here’s something to look out for.

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