August and Whiteface Lyric Video

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!’.

Songwriting Diary 3: Waylaid by a cold

A frustrated, I-know-the-laptop-is-reflecting-in-my-glasses-but-who-does-second-take-selfies selfie.

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.

Songwriting diary 2: First ideas

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.)

Anniversary! A year since Spirit Box was released

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.

 

Blue Autumn Breeze – New Song

Just put that new song up on the subscribers only bit of bandcamp. Possibly a finished version. Or I might do another mix at some point. But I think it’s finished. Maybe.
 
Do not take this as a hint of what might happen next. I think, rather than a clue as to what a next album might sound like, this might be more like getting something out of my system to make way for the new.
 
This is the new song about the end of the world I was talking about. Did I wait for inspiration? No, I went out to find inspiration. With a club.
 
(That’s a quote from someone. Jack London?)
 
Anyway, it is for subscribers only: https://tomslatter.bandcamp.com/immoral-supporters