Lately, I’ve been having a go at online acoustic gigs. They’ve been fun, but I’ve been taking requests, and that does mean people have been asking if I can play songs that are nigh on impossible with just me and an acoustic guitar. Recent highlights have included an attempt at Three Rows of Teeth (which kinda worked) and Mother’s Been Talking To Ghosts Again (which sort of did and sort of didn’t).
As well as six full length albums (seven if you include the instrumental Murder and Parliament album) and two EPs, there are several singles available on my bandcamp page.
Well not for much longer! Time is running out!
I’ll be moving those songs behind the subscribers-only paywall on Monday 16th September. They’re not up anywhere else. So if you want a copy, you’ll have to go download them now. They’re all up for free download if you want them.
Here they are:
If We Cut All Your Wires
This song is from a subscribers only EP called ‘Still Happy’. It’s a companion piece to my album Happy People.
The Gloves Are Off
In late 2018 I ran a demo song tournament. 8 of my rough demos ‘competing’ against each other in a public vote. Although it was a close run thing, this song came out on top. Even though it is about as far away from my normal songwriting as you can get whilst still being in the broad ‘rock category.
Rubble and Dust / Run
This double A side digital single thingie contains two songs connected by theme and the fact that they’re the nearest I get to straight-ahead rock songs.
“Rubble and Dust” probably has the most prominent heavy metal influence of any of my songs so far, thought it isn’t full on metal. It’s a big singalong song about mad world-leaders bringing us all to ruin. Yes, I’ve accidentally made a political comment again. I didn’t mean to, honest!
“Run” is about love at the end of the world. It’s a rocky pop song hiding 7/8 verses and at lest one funny chord to keep the nerdy muso side of me happy.
Both of these are my first attempt at mixing something rocky in my new project studio. Not perfect of course, but I’m happy with how both tracks sound.
Monday 16th of September these will be subscribers only. Get ’em while they’re hot!
“I’ve been accused of being a prog rock artist. I like that, but I’m not sure how useful it is because if you listen to my stuff expecting it to sound like 1970’s progressive rock, I think you’ll be disappointed. The main influences for me are David Bowie, Radiohead, Mansun, lots of heavy metal bands, various bits of folk, Meat Loaf, the musical Sweeney Todd and my sort-of-classical composition training. I know that might sound an odd mix…”
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