Here’s Butcher Boy from the Murder Song series I did a while back.
Butcher Boy is about an apprentice butcher who decided to take his frustrations out on customers who have displeased him. The first track from Spirit Box, which is one year old this month.
Here’s the second part of my vlog series on Spirit Box. It’s a year since I first posted this. Doesn’t that jumper look cosy?
Clowns are definitely evil, and none more so than August and Whiteface. They are the anti-heroes of the third song from my EP Spirit Box. It’s a song I’ve had hanging around for ages, but only got round to recording last year. Its all pounding drums, twangy acoustic guitar and shouting crowds. ‘Let ’em swing!’, ‘Let ’em swing!’.
I’ve been stuck at home trying to shake off a cold. This is annoying and a waste of time.
Nevertheless, songwriting idea generation over the weekend was a success. I now have the following:
A rubbish, lazy attempt at something slow and psychedelic.
A manic riff in A minor and C minor that might kind of work.
A 12/8 melody that might make a good chorus.
An odd riff/verse/chorus song that’s somewhere between the middle of my song Three Rows of Teeth and Disco 2000 by Pulp. Sort of. But not.
So that’s not a bad start. Some, all, or none of these ideas may become finished songs at some point. Maybe.
Today I hid myself away in the nightmare shed with a guitar and microphone and a notebook.
I set myself the task of coming up with some brand new song ideas from scratch. I wrote down a list of possible song ideas – a manic riff in Aminor and Cminor, a psychedelic soundscape etc – and just started playing.
I think it was a fruitful few hours. I’ve got some musical raw material that might make it all the way into a finished song.
Inspiration? There’s no such thing, there’s just hard work.
(Well, not that hard. But work. Well not work. Activity. Doing stuff. I did stuff.)
It’s a year since I released Spirit Box. Here’s the first of a series of 4 little vlogs I did for it:
Here’s the full lyric video for Butcher Boy, the first track from my murder ballads EP ‘Spirit Box’. November is the first anniversary month of this EP, and I happen to think it’s one of my best releases.
How many songs about murder is too many? This time last year I released Spirit Box, an EP of songs about murder, ghosts, evil clowns, evil butchers and murder. So much murder. For the rest of the month I shall be banging on about this EP, which I think is one of the best things I’ve done.