I just released a new single to my bandcamp subscribers page, in advance of the new album.
If you’re not a subscriber you get to hear it when the new album is released, which will be roughly June this year.
Wizards of this Town was written in 2015 (I think) and has been part of my acoustic set for a while. This is the first time it has been recorded in full band fashion.
The summer of 2015 was unpleasantly hot. I was working in a school in the poor end of Enfield. This was my first job after quitting my teaching career (choose life!) for the world of educational charity, so I actually got to take a lunch break on this job. So I’d often walk around the area, having a little explore. That part of Enfield is decades past its prime, but hints of its past glories are still there if you’re looking for them. There are ex-industrial areas, old munitions factories, ruined old canals. There are also drunks and drug dealers in the park, and a general air of an area down on its luck (or down, due to political decisions for all I know).
Naturally, I found myself wondering whether the people who lived round there ever tried to change the place through the use of magic.
I particularly started to think this after catching sight of a wizard half-way up a council tower block. Yeah, it might have been a load of black laundry out on a balcony. It was a long way away, and maybe in the horrible heat haze of that summer I wasn’t thinking entirely straight but I know what I saw.
So I wrote a song about it, with drunkard mages and scared nerdy wizards drinking special brew and casting spells in the council park.
In the next couple of months there will be more new subscriber stuff and the small matter of a brand new album. Keep ‘em peeled!