Here’s one where I got four stars. Four actual stars for my star collection. Let’s not discuss how many stars it was out of, that’s literally not relevant. Could be out of four. Could be out of a hundred. Doesn’t matter. Four stars!
My best yet. Best yet! Thanks Progressive Aspect. … Is it praise? Hard to tell. Better than things I did before. Does that mean it’s good? Comparatively, yes. But what if the stuff we’re comparing it too is awful? Better than total crap is still kinda crap. Am I over thinking this?
‘Kind of bizarre in many ways’. That’s a keeper. Very me. I like that. But then… ‘The song in question has a large section of just noises’. What? Music is noises. That’s the basic characteristic that everyone agrees all music has. Is this trying to imply the rest of the album isn’t noises? Or that this bit isn’t music? I dunno. Reviewers, eh? It’s almost as if deliberately slapping three minutes of musique concrete into the middle of the second track might be a slightly provocative thing to do, likely to turn off tthe occasional listener.
A rewarding listen. Excellent. Thanks, Prog mag. … Wait, not exactly life-affirming? What? This is a joyful album! An upbeat, fun album. Ys, okay, it has a song about a serial killer that might be the most relentlessly bleak song I’ve ever written. But it has a catchy chorus! And yes, okay, fair enough, one song is about how I think all humans are rubbish and a waste of space. But it also has a good chorus! And yes, another is about how I suspect a lot of the people I meet just aren’t real. But.. look… okay… maybe it isn’t all that joyous and uplifting. Oh what have I done?! I’m so sorry!! (Not sorry)
Demon has been out for a week or so now and so far we have exorcised three songs.
What do you mean exorcised?
I mean got it all out in the open, shared all the stories, told all the tales. So far we’ve taken a look at all the behind the scenes, origin stories and nerdy music stuff for three songs.
For Wizards of this Town I talked about working in the Enfield, North London and being so spaced out by the horrible summer heat that at one point I genuinely thought I saw a wizard on a balcony half way up a council tower block.
For Modern World I talked about using the different sections of the song to tell a sort of potted musical biography, including making use of the piece of my music that genuinely got the most negative online comment any of my music has received.
For Weather Balloons (email heading your way on Monday if you’re already on the mailing list!) I’ve talked about my tentacle trilogy. Yes, I have a tentacle trilogy. Don’t you?
Nerdy Musician stuff?
Yes, there are also videos about the nerdy musician stuff. Particularly useful if you’re a guitar player might be the chord charts and tabs I’ve done for all the rhythm guitar parts, and even a couple of the guitar solos (including the whole tone solo from the middle of Modern World, which was an annoying thing to write out!).
Want to join the exorcism?
You can, you’d very welcome. All you need to do is join my mailing list, which i have temporarily named the Demon List.
It’s Sunday morning and I am feverishly trying to finish the ‘behind the scenes’ origin story stuff for my new album, Demon.
For the last few CDs I’ve done a series of blogs or vlogs about each song on the album, so it seemed natural to do that for Demon too. But it’s got a bit….bigger. Because I thought it would be fun to do some nerdy musician how-to-play-the-song stuff too. It seemed like a good way to exorcise the Demon.
Basically I’ve given myself lots of music work at the same time as the day job is madly busy too. I’ve not even got time to write depressing things on pictures to motivate you all in the mornings. There is lots to do.
Because the album is out on Friday, and that means I need to have at least some of this stuff ready to share by then.
Demon is 9 songs of rock and weird. It’s guitars and tentacles, wizards and hermits, drums and demons. It’s rocking out and eating insects, being trapped in a cave, hating all humanity. It’s joyous choruses about evil creatures and strange happenings.
It’s well good. Yeah, I’m biased. But it is you know.
(The picture is my laptop screen showing the caption for the origin story for Modern World, the second track)
I’m doing a little lyric video for the title track from Demon. So of course, I’ve got a load of footage of insects.
One of my favourite things to do at a gig is create little moments where at least one person in the audience has to do a little double-take and think ‘wait, what is this song about?’. Song titles like ‘Some of the creatures…’ songs about replacing your body parts with mechanical alternatives, or in the case of Demon, the lyrics in the middle section:
And the strange things that you think you’ve eaten Are playing on your mind The many, many-legged creatures That you scratched through leaves to find.
This is one of several lyrical images in the album that I think are really affecting. Others include:
Tentacles writhing through your hair in a romantic embrace (don’t tell me you haven’t thought about that before).
Attaching message after message to balloons and sending them off into the air in a desperate attempt to find some sort of human interaction.
Forcing sour-sweet rotting things into your mouth while you huddle at the bottom of a cave.
LIttle creatures with teeth and tails cavorting about the place while you’re asleep.
A pug-ugly serial killer parading his drugged-victims in front of others to convince the world he’s attractive really.
It’s a happy little album is what I’m saying.
While we’re waiting for the final album to be released, here’s an acoustic version of the title track:
Demon is out on 26th July, but if you want to hear some of the songs in advance you can do one of the following:
Click the ‘Join the Demon List’ button up the top of this website.
Click here to meet my irascible facebook messenger bot the Slatterbot
James ‘Itinerant Banker’ Turner, BEM’s marketing honcho* sat down with me on the ol’ skype to have a little chat about the new album. The last third of that chat got cut off but it was just fart jokes so you miss nothing.