Gigs – Bigger!! Better!! More!!

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Gigging


Hi everyone,
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and a lot has happened in the meantime.

If you’ve being following, you’ll know already that we’ve recorded our debut E.P. “Modern Reality” and now, this is available as a free download from our Facebook page.

We’ve also managed to realise a teenage ambition of mine. I was a proper indie-kid when I was younger. I got really into bands like Veruca Salt, Supergrass and Radiohead and every single Wednesday, I devotedly make my way down to my local newsagents newsagents in Hull and buy copies of both the NME and the now defunct Melody Maker to find out what Brett Anderson, Louise Wener (how fit was she?!) and all were up to.

There was obviously a “scene” centred round Camden and the places that I can remember being mentioned all the time were The Good Mixer pub and The Dublin Castle gig venue. I thought if I could ever be in a band that played at the Dublin castle, then I’d be soooooo cool.

Well, my friends I’ve done it now.

On Fri 13th May 2011, Alchemy opened the night at the Dublin castle and we had a great time. We got a pretty good response too and believe me, there was plenty of drunken dancing at the aftershow party too. I don’t really feel that I’m any cooler now than I was as a teenager, but still it’s a great thing to say we’ve done.

Last night, we played another show at The Purple Turltle in Camden. Again, another great gig venue and another great night. There was grooving a plenty and I think I even spotted a bit of line dancing at one point! This gig was part of the Surface Festival and I’m happy to say that we’ve qualified for the next round which will be at the O2 Academy, Islington!

It’s amazing to think that we’ve gone from playing our first shambolic gig above a pub to playing the fucking O2 Academy in less that a year! When I think back to that first gig I actually feel upset. I feel I should apologise to everyone who came to see us – we were so cringeworthingly bad it was unbelievable. I suppose it was a stepping stone and everyone has to start somewhere right?

What’s nice is that we’ve done it without any hype or media attention at all. There’s been no press, no radio, it’s all been by word of mouth and things are definitely looking rosy for us.

In addition to all that, we’re playing another great gig in about 3 weeks at Monto Water Rats who contacted us a few weeks ago. We’ll be really pumped for that one. We’ll have new songs and are going to put on an amazing show. If you’re free, come down – it’ll be great to see you there.

Taj

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